This Day in History on 20 September

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 September. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1633: Galileo was tried for claiming that the earth revolves around the sun.

1857: Indian Rebellion of 1857 – British (East India Company) troops retook Delhi.

1878: G. Subramania Iyer founded ‘The Hindu’ English newspaper.

1928: In Rome, the supreme legislative body, the Chamber of Deputies, was taken over by the Fascists.

1946: The first Cannes Film Festival opened.

1965: Following the Battle of Burki, the Indian Army captures Dograi in course of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

1977: Vietnam joined the United Nations.

1979: Africa’s most bizarre dictator, self-styled Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Empire, was overthrown today in a coup by his cousin, David Dacko.

2001: The US declared ‘war on terror’.

Shriram Sharma
Akkineni Nageswara Rao

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1911: Shriram Sharma, Indian philosopher and activist (d. 1991)

1909: Gulabdas Harjivandas Broker, Indian-Gujarati writer, and critic.

Rajinder Puri
Markandey Katju

1923: Akkineni Nageshwar Rao, Indian actor, and producer.

1925: Ananda Mahidol, King Rama VIII of Thialand.

1934: Rajinder Puri, Indian cartoonist, journalist, and activist.

Mahesh Bhatt

1934: Sophia Loren, the Italian actress who married to the man who groomed her for stardom, Carlo Ponti, won an Oscar for ‘Two Women’ and proved her abilities as a comedienne in ‘The millionairess.’

1943: Jayant Hazarika, Indian singer.

1946: Markandey Katju, Indian lawyer and Justice.

1946: Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, Spiritual Master, Head of Science of Spirituality.

1948: Mahesh Bhatt, Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter.

1952: Shekhar Basu, Indian nuclear scientist.

Death/ Death Anniversary

Jagmohan Dalmiya

1810: Mir Muhammad Taqi Mir, an Urdu poet of the 18th century Mughal India, and one of the pioneers who gave shape to the Urdu language itself.

1863: Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm, a German philologist, jurist, and mythologist. He is known as the discoverer of Grimm’s Law of linguistics.

1928: Narayana Guru, also known as Shree Narayana Guru Swami, was a spiritual leader, saint and social reformer from Kerala, India.

1933: Annie Besant, a British socialist, theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer, orator, educationist, and philanthropist. Regarded as a champion of human freedom, she was an ardent supporter of both Irish and Indian self-rule.

1942: Kanaklata Barua, an Indian independence activist and AISF leader.

1979: Ludwig Svoboda, Czechoslovakian President.

2015: Jagmohan Dalmiya, Indian entrepreneur. He had served as president of BCCI and ICC.

Further Reading

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