20 May – This Day in History

This Day in History on 20 May

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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

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,

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

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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