16th OCTOBER TODAY IN HISTORY – DINVISHESH GHADAMODI

Today in Indian History
Events for October 16

16-October-1788 Maratha’s crowned Shahaalam as king of Delhi.
16-October-1878 Vallathol Narayana Menon, great freedom fighter, poet and writer, was born at Chennara village in Kerala.
16-October-1896 Govindas Seth, hindi litterateur and politician, was born.
16-October-1905 Bengal was partitioned by Lord Curzon on the pretext of it being too big to administer. Instead of dividing it on the basis of non-Bengali areas, the division was on the basis of Hindus and Muslims. Britishers thought that would succeed in increasing Hindu – Muslim tensions. The tremor of partition was felt throughout India and was regarded as an insult and challenge to Indian Nationalism. A movement was launched by the moderates. New method of protests ‘Swadeshi and Swaraj’ became the slogan of the common man and the whole of India was drawn into the n]ational movement.
16-October-1906 Shankar Damodar Chitale, famous author and teacher, was born in Secundarabad.
16-October-1920 B. Sathyaji Rao, cricket Test umpire for 17 tests from 1960-79, was born in Karnataka.
16-October-1922 M.V. Desai, social reformer and journalist, was born.
16-October-1936 35 killed in Hindu-Muslim riots at Bombay.
16-October-1942 Cyclone in Bay of Bengal kills some 40,000 people in south of Calcutta, India.
16-October-1945 Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) established.
16-October-1952 Pakistan’s first Test vs India starts at Delhi.
16-October-1959 National Council of Women’s Education was inaugurated in New Delhi.
16-October-1968 Hargovind Khorana, Indian scientist, was awarded 1968 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology on man-made synthetic gene.
16-October-1971 David Jude Johnson, cricketer (Karnataka fast bowler, India 1996), was born in Arasikere.
16-October-1976 Jalgaon Radio Station started broadcasting.
16-October-1978 Test debut of Kapil Dev, India vs Pakistan, at Faisalabad.
16-October-1983 Harish Chandra, great Indian scientist, died. His work in a narrow branch of modern mathematics led to its developement to such an extent that it drew the attention of mathematicians all over the world.
16-October-1990 Dr. Nelson Mandela, conferred with ‘Bharat Ratna’, the highest civilian honour.
16-October-1990 Om Shivpuri, famous film and theatre artist, died.
16-October-1992 Capt. P. K. Sahgal of Azad Hind Fauz died. During the trial at the Red Fort, he said, “”Beacuse I wanted freedom for my motherland , I was ready to shed my blood for it.”” (15-5-97
16-October-1994 CIA connection to CN Annadurai alleged in book on Seshan, Jayalalitha obtains stay.
16-October-1994 IRS P-2 successfully placed in orbit.
16-October-1997 Queen Elizabeth visits Kalakshetra where she witnesses Bharatanatyam show and film shooting at MGR Film City, Taramani in Chennai. She also goes to Kancheepuram and Sriperumbudur (Rajiv Gandhi memorial).
16-October-1999 A woman is elected as the Speaker of the Sikkim Assembly.
16-October-1999 Geet Sethi bagged the Fred Davis award as the “”Billiards Player of the Year 1998-99′
16-October-1999 Indian women claimed bronze in the Asian team chess championship in Shenyang.
16-October-1999 Congress (I)-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine is invited to form the Government in Maharashtra. Vilasrao Deshmukh to be sworn in as Chief Minister.
16-October-1999 Dr. Najma Heptulla, Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, is elected president of the 138-nation Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
16-October-2000 Rest of India wins the Irani Trophy cricket tournament. Murali Karthik scalps nine for 70, the best figures by a bowler in 38 Irani cup matches.
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