Today In History – 8th April

Today in Indian History
Events for April 8

8-April-1674 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj honoured Hansaji Mohite with the degree of ‘Hambirrao’ and appointed him as Chief General of his Army.
8-April-1759 British troops chase French out of Masulipatam, India.
8-April-1774 Narayan Rao’s posthumous son Madhav Rao was seen as a challenge to Raghunath Rao only when he was 10 days old.
8-April-1831 Ram Mohan Roy landed in England.
8-April-1835 Raja Ram Mohan Roy reached England.
8-April-1857 Mangal Pandey, the first revolutionary of Indian mutiny and freedom fighter, was hanged till death at Barrackpore. He struck the first bullet during the time of mutiny against the British Empire.
8-April-1887 Ramnarayan Vishwanath Pathak, famous Gujrati litterateur critic, poet and story writer, was born.
8-April-1894 Lifetime of Swami Chandrashekarendra(1894-1994), venerated Shankaracharya saint of Kanchi monastery in South India.
8-April-1894 Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, famous novelist and writer of national song ‘Vande Mataram’, died at the age of 55. Some of his writings are ‘Anandmath’ and ‘Kapal Kundala’.
8-April-1897 Henrich Von Stephan, famous General Postal Union and freedom fighter, passed away.
8-April-1919 Gandhiji arrested on way to Delhi for refusal to comply with order not to enter Punjab; escorted back to Bombay; outbreaks of violence in several towns.
8-April-1923 Plague in India killed 1,000 in past week.
8-April-1925 Kumar Gandharva (Shivputra Siddharamaiya Komkali), famous music director and singer, was born.
8-April-1929 Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt threw two bombs on the Assembly Hall.
8-April-1937 R. Gundurao, former Chief Minister of Karnataka and senior leader of Indira Congress, was born.
8-April-1946 HMS Vengeance, sailed with 22 aircraft of No. 4 Sqn, halted at Singapore for re-fueling and set course for Iwakuni, a port of Kyushu island.
8-April-1950 Nehru and Ali Khan sign the Indo-Pakistani Pact.
8-April-1953 Walchand Hirachand, great Industrialist, passed away.
8-April-1973 India takes control over Sikkim after anti-government riots.
8-April-1985 India files suit against Union Carbide in New York for Bhopal gas disaster.
8-April-1991 Prafulla Kumar Mahanta,Assam CM, steps down as party chief.
8-April-1992 Congress (I) government led by Rajkumar Dorendra Singh sworn in in Manipur.
8-April-1993 CBI extensively raided VHP offices; BJP MP Brijbhushan Saren Singh among five arrested.
8-April-1993 Dasarath Deb, veteran tribal leader, elected leader of the Left and Democratic Front legislature party in Tripura.
8-April-1994 Dr. Wilfred D’Souza re-installed as Goa CM.
8-April-1997 Delhi High Court quashes charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy against L.K. Advani (BJP President), and former Union Minister V.C. Shukla in the Jain hawala case.
8-April-1997 India creates history by entering the semi-finals of the 12th Jawaharlal Nehru Gold Cup international football series for the first time after holding Ghana 2-2 at Kochi.
8-April-1998 India enters into a historical partnership with France with the formal launch of a joint programme for restoring and protecting the Taj Mahal.
8-April-1998 Prem Singh Lalpura, who defied the Akali Dal leadership, not taking oath as a Lok Sabha member on denial of a ministerial berth, is expelled by the party.
8-April-1998 Sedapatti R. Muthiah resigns as the Union Surface Transport Minister at the behest of his party supremo Jayalalitha. He is involved in court cases.
8-April-2000 Air India wins the Rani of Jhansi women’s cricket tournament in Chennai.
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