October 16- This Day in Indian History

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Find out what happened in India on 16 October

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
Colonel Prem Kumar 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".
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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