Boscawen landed 25 km south of Pondicherry.
Indian Science Congress Association was established in Bowbazar Street of Calcutta.
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, great Indian educationist, social reformer, litterateur and Hindi writer, passed away in Calcutta.
Rudyard Kipling, the renowned author of stories and poems about colonial India and an unofficial spokesman for the British Empire, joined the rising chorus of criticism in regard to Britain’s conduct in the increasingly unpopular Boer War.
Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhai Tata, president of Tata industrial group, was born in Paris, France. He was the first pilot of India to be conferred with the Bharat Ratna.
Mohan Bagan became the first Indian football team to win the I.F.A. Shield.
On this day in 1921, Adolf Hitler (1934-1945) becomes the leader of the National Socialist German Workers’ (Nazi) Party. Under Hitler, the Nazi Party grew into a mass movement and ruled Germany as a totalitarian state from 1933 to 1945.
On this day in 1958, the U.S. Congress passed legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America’s activities in space. NASA has since sponsored space expeditions, both human and mechanical, that have yielded vital information about the solar system and universe. It has also launched numerous earth-orbiting satellites that have been instrumental in everything from weather forecasting to navigation to global communications.
Choudhary Charan Singh was sworn in as the fifth Prime Minister of India heading the Janata (S)-Congress coalition. He held this office till January 14, 1980.
India won Gold Medal in Hockey at Moscow Olympics.
First Pilot-less Aeroplane of India was tested successfully by the Aeronautical Development Establishment near Kolar.
India and Sri Lanka signed peace accord at Colombo in a bid to end the 5-year old ethnic trouble. This stance taken thereafter by the LTTE added several dimensions to the scenario. It was a multi-purpose role that the Navy has been required to play.
Aruna Asaf Ali, freedom fighter and player of important role in Quit India Movement, passed away in New Delhi. She was awarded with Bharat Ratna.
India to revive ‘Agni’ Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile programme.