Mir Kasim was defeated in ‘Katwa’ battle by Britishers.
On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovered a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic.
Novelist Emile Zola fleed to France on this day in 1898 to escape from imprisonment after being convicted of libel against the French army in the notorious Dreyfus affair.
Dinesh Singh, freedom fighter and politician, was born at Kalakankar (U.P).
Jayant Vishnu Narlikar, great Indian space scientist and mathematician, was born at Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
On this day in 1943, the United States bombed railway yards in Rome in an attempt to break the will of the Italian people to resist—as Hitler lectured their leader, Benito Mussolini, on how to prosecute the war further.
Raja of Tehri Garhwal announced merger with Indian Union.
Indian Government nationalized 14 major commercial banks of India by Presidental ordinance.
Udham Singh’s, revolutionary, ashes brought to Delhi from London.
On this day in 1979, two gigantic supertankers collided off the island of Little Tobago in the Caribbean Sea, killing 26 crew members and spilling 280,000 tons of crude oil into the sea. At the time, it was the worst oil-tanker accident in history and remains one of the very few times in history when two oil tankers have collided.
Planning Commission decided to make changes in the Gadgil formula for central assistance to States in consultation with states.
The INSAT-2C satellite suffered “disorientation” – loss of earth lock – briefly.
Tremors measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale rocked Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.