World Metrology Day
World Metrology Day

This Day in History on 20th May

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

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

Important Days:

  • National Awakening Day (Indonesia)
  • National Day (Cameroon)
  • World Metrology Day

Important Events:

Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama

1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India when he arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.
1378: Daud Shah assassinated Mujahid Shah to become the fourth Bahmani Sultan, but himself was murdered by a slave.
1677: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won the fort of Jingi.
1878: Bahameni Sultan Dawood Shah was assassinated.
1915: Gandhiji founded Satyagraha Ashram (later known as Sabarmati Ashram after the name of the river) at Ahmedabad.
1972: Indira Gandhi laid the foundation stone of 2nd Howrah bridge at Calcutta.
1976: Oil production started from Bombay High.
1996: CPI Leader Indrajit Gupta appointed pro-term speaker in the Lok Sabha.

Birthday / Anniversary:

Tipu Sultan, the tiger of Mysore,
Tipu Sultan, the tiger of Mysore,

1399: Saint Kabir was born.
1750: Tipu Sultan, the tiger of Mysore, was born. He

Vishnushastri Chiplunkar
Vishnushastri Chiplunkar

was the son of Hyder Ali and born at Devanhalli village near Bangalore. Hyder Ali named his son after a great Sufi saint namely Tipu Mastan Aulia. Tipu Sultan was a great revolutionary freedom fighter, social reformer, musician, and architect.
1850: Vishnushastri Chiplunkar, father of modern story writing in Marathi, was born.
1900: Sumitranandan Pant was born.
1964: P. T. Usha, famous sprinter, was born.
1894: Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian guru, and scholar (d. 1994)
1900: Sumitranandan Pant, Indian poet and author (d. 1977)
1939: Balu Mahendra, Sri Lankan-Indian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)


Death / Death Anniversary:

Bipinchandra Ramchandra Pal
Malharrao Holkar, founder of Indoor
Malharrao Holkar, founder of Indoor

1776: Malharrao Holkar, founder of Indoor, passed away.
1878: Krishnashastri Chiplunkar, Marathi novelist, and omnicent, passed away.
1932: Bipinchandra Ramchandra Pal, powerful journalist and revolutionary freedom fighter, passed away.
1940: Amar Singh, cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), passed away.
1957: Tanguturi Prakasam, the great lawyer, journalist, nationalist, politician, social reformer, leader and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, passed away at Hyderabad.
1987: G. G. Jadhav `Pudhari’, editor of the daily newspaper, passed away.
1994: K. Brahmananda Reddy, 83, former Andhra Pradesh CM, passed away in Hyderabad.
2012: Leela Dube, Indian anthropologist, and scholar (b. 1923)

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