Today in Indian History
Events for October 26

26-October-1814 British General Governor declared war against Nepal.
26-October-1886 Godavarish Mishra, famous Orria poet, playwright and patriot, was born.
26-October-1890 Martyr Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi was born at Allahabad. He was also the editor of revolutionary weekly ‘Pratap’.
26-October-1891 Padmabhushan Vaikunthbhai Mehta, famous Gandhian leader, was born.
26-October-1928 R.S.Das, a law member of the Viceroy’s council, died in Calcutta.
26-October-1930 Dr. Waldemar Modecal Haffkine, famous scientist, bacteriologist and professor, died in Paris. He had invented the Cholera vaccine in 1893 and a vaccine for Plague in 1897 at the Grant Medical College, Bombay.
26-October-1930 Gulal Bai Parekar, a14-year-old girl led a 13-girls team to hoist the national flag at Esplanade Park. A police sargeant tried to snach the flag and then kidnapped her.
26-October-1932 Indian Muslim leader demands that Gandhi be released from prison. The Viceroy responded that this was only possible if Gandhi disassociated himself from the civil disobedience campaign.
26-October-1932 Chinadorai Deshmutu, Indian field hockey player (Olympics-1952), was born.
26-October-1934 Akhil Bharatiya Gramin Udyog Sangh (All India Small Scale Industries Association) was founded and inaugrated by Mahatma Gandhi.
26-October-1935 Ashok P.Jain, great industrialist, was born.
26-October-1937 Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, famous music director, was born.
26-October-1943 Cholera epidemic killed 2,155 people in the third week of October at Calcutta.
26-October-1946 27 die as violence between Hindus and Muslims continued in Calcutta.
26-October-1947 After the tribal column, raping and looting along the way by Pakistani Army continued at Baramulla, 50 kilometres from Srinagar. Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir Hari Singhji, then, signed the instrument of accession with India and the Indian Armed Forces reacted to the Pakistani Army’s infiltration. Great acts of personal gallantry and collective bravery were shown in the Kashmir operations. Major Som Nath Sharma was awarded the PVC, India’s highest decoration for valour, and Brigadier Usman, commanding the 50th Parachute Brigade, was awarded the MVC. Both the soldiers were awarded posthumously.
26-October-1950 Mother Teresa founded Mission of Charity in Calcutta, India.
26-October-1950 Tirumalai Echambadi Srinivasan, cricketer (Indian opening batsman 1981), was born in Madras.
26-October-1952 Pakistan’s first Test cricket win vs India. Fazal Mahmood took 12 wkts .
26-October-1961 Heavy fighting flared up between India and Communist China in their three-year-old dispute over border lines in the Himalayas. Each side accused the other of initiating the fighting that began along the Tibetan border early in October.
26-October-1962 After Chinese attack, Emergency and Defence of India Ordinance was declared for the first time in India by the President.
26-October-1969 Neil Armstrong, the first men to land on Moon by ‘Apollo II ‘, and Edwin Aldrin came to Bombay.
26-October-1981 Dattatrey Ramchandra Bendre, Gyanpeet awardee and Kannad poet, died.
26-October-1990 V. Shantaram, veteran film producer, director and Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, died at the age of 90 years in Bombay.
26-October-1991 Anantrao Bhalerao, freedom fighter, journalist and editor of daily newspaper ‘Marathwada’, died.
26-October-1995 India decides to go ahead with Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme in the wake of US stand to supply $370 million arms package to Pakistan.
26-October-1996 CBI detects a chain of bank transactions between August ’93 and February ’96 by four JMM leaders.
26-October-1999 India is re-elected to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
26-October-1999 Sonia Gandhi, Congress(I) president, visits cyclone-hit areas.
26-October-1999 The Government rejected the demand that Rajiv Gandhi’s name be deleted from the chargesheet in the Bofors case.

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