This Day in History on 20 June

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 20 June. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

  • World Refugee Day (International)

Important Events

712: Muhammad of Bin Quasim (Kasim), Arabs, attacked on Sindh and captured it. Muhammad defeated and killed King Dahir, Hindu king, at Rawar.

1574: Akbar himself left Agra.

1756: A group of British soldiers along with Halvel were imprisoned by some rebellions in a suffocating cell that gained notoriety as the “”Black Hole of Calcutta.”” Most of them died

1837: Victoria became Queen of England.

1840: Samuel Morse received the patent for the telegraph.

1858: Gwalior fort was captured by British troops and the first Indian Sepoy Mutiny officially came to an end.

1873: Young Men Christian Association of India was established in Calcutta.

1877: Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

1887: Victoria Terminus, the busiest railway station in India, opened in Bombay (now Mumbai).

1916: Sreemati Nathibai Damodher Thackersey (SNDT) Indian Women’ s University, first women’s and the fifth Indian University, was established in Pune by D.K. Karve.

1921: Tilak University was established.

1946: Gandhiji attends Working Committee meeting from 20-21 June.

1946: Kashmir authorities arrest President-elect Nehru for refusing to obey an order banning him from the state.

1948: Lord Mountbatten resigns as the Governor General of Indian Union.

1985: The Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian decoration, was presented to Mother Teresa by President Ronald Reagan.

1990: A magnitude 7.4 earthquake shook Iran, killing at least 50,000 people and injuring 150,000.

1990: Asteroid Eureka was discovered.

1992: CPM decides to back Dr. Sharma.

1992: Carnatic musician Maharajapuram Santhanam died in a car accident in Villupuram in Tamil Nadu.

1992: The JD and the NF choose former Lok Sabha Dy Speaker Prof. G. G. Swell as the Presidential candidate.

1993: Harshad Mehta’s senior counsel Ram Jethmalani asks JPC to summon the PM and allow cross-examination.

2001: Pervez Musharraf became President of Pakistan.

2003: The Wikimedia Foundation was founded.

Birthday / Anniversary

1869: Laxmanrao Kirloskar, great industrialist, social reformer, patriot and founder of Kirloskar Industry, was born at Belgaum.

1897: Ratnakant Barkakti, famous Assamia poet, was born.

1915: Terence Young, a British film director, and screenwriter.

1918: K.K. Singh, politician and social worker, was born at Agra.

1939: Ramakant Bhikaji Desai, cricketer (effective pace bowler for India in the 60s), was born in Bombay.

1952: Vikram Seth, an Indian novelist, and poet.

1972: Paras Laxmikant Mhambrey, great Indian cricket pace bowler (Test v England 1996), was born in Bombay.

1979: Renedy Singh, Indian Soccer(Football) player, was born in Manipur

Death / Death Anniversary

1668: Heinrich Roth, a missionary and pioneering Sanskrit scholar.

1837: William IV, King of the United Kingdom.

1911: Dattatray Purushottam Karmarkar, veteran freedom fighter, and former cabinet minister died.

1917: James Mason Crafts, an American chemist.

1957: Govindrao Burhanpurkar, famous harmonium player, died.

1987: Salim Ali, an Indian ornithologist and naturalist.

1997: Basu Bhattacharya (65), film-maker, died in Mumbai.

Further Reading

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