This Day in History on 21 November

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

Important Days

World Television Day

Important Events

1832: Wabash College is founded in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

1971: Indian troops, partly aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas), defeat the Pakistan army in the Battle of Garibpur.

1877: Thomas Edison announced the invention of the phonograph.

1906: China prohibited opium trade.

1921: Prince of Wales (Emperor Edward VIII) arrived at Bombay (now Mumbai) and Congress declared a nationwide strike.

1947: Independent India’s first postal stamp was issued on this day with the picture of the National Flag of India.

1955: Fight for a united Maharashtra.

1962: Yashwantrao Chavan was appointed Minister of Defence of India.

1962: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army declares a unilateral ceasefire in the Sino-Indian War.

1963: India’s space program began with rockets being released from the Thumba region of Kerala.

1962: Indo-China War: A unilateral ceasefire was declared on November 19 by China, which invaded the Indian Territory.

1971: Indian Air Force’s first encounter with Pakistani forces in the Battle of Garibpur in the Bangladesh Liberation War.

1972: South Korea adopted a new constitution.

1991: R. Nagarajan, former Tamil Nadu Home Secretary, arrested for harbouring LTTE militants.

1992: 27 killed in a bomb blast engineered by Bodo extremists in a bus in Assam.

1993: India and South Africa sign a historic pact on re-establishing diplomatic and consular relations after a gap of 50 years.

1993: R.F. Botha, Foreign Minister, moots a grouping of Indian Ocean countries.

1996: The first World Television Forum took place and the United Nations General Assembly chose this day to mark World Television Day.

1998: India ‘B’ beats Sri Lanka 3-2 in the final of the Bristol Freedom Cup four-nation football tournament in Colombo.

1999: China launched its first unmanned spacecraft, Shenzhen.

1999: The Centre retired two members of the Prasar Bharati Board, Ms. Romila Thapar, eminent historian and Mr. Rajendra Yadav.

2001: United Nations proposed the formation of an interim administration in Afghanistan.

2002: NATO invited Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members of the organization.

2005: Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Vikramanayake as the new Prime Minister of the country.

2006: India and China decided to increase shared cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1694: Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher.

1872: Kesari Singh Barahath, an Indian freedom fighter, and Rajasthani language poet.

1899: Harekrushna Mahatab, former chief minister of Orissa.

Harekrushna Mahatab

1910: Xian Chong Shu, Chinese writer.

1926: Premnath Malhotra, better known as Prem Nath, an Indian actor, and director.

1933: Datta Samant, an Indian politician, and trade union leader.

1938: Helen, an Indian film actress, and dancer.

Eesha Karavade

1941: Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel, an Indian politician.

1952: Rajendra Darda, Indian politician.

1987: Eesha Karavade, Indian chess player

Death/ Death Anniversary

C. V. Raman

1517: Sikandar Lodi, the Sultan of Delhi.

1908: Satyendranath Bose, an Indian revolutionary.

1916: Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria.

1969: Norman Alfred William Lindsay, an Australian artist.

1970: C. V. Raman, Indian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)

Noel Jones

1994: Dr. Malcom Adiseshiah, 84, noted economist and educationist, died.

1996: Mohammed Abdus Salam, the only Pakistani physicist to win the Nobel Prize.

2000: Sir Cyril Astley Clarke, a British physician, geneticist, and lepidopterist.

2012: Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani militant, and a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba Islamist militant organization.

Ameen Faheem

2015: Ameen Faheem, Indian-Pakistani poet, and politician.

1995: Noel Jones, Indian-English diplomat, British ambassador to Kazakhstan (b. 1940)

2015: Ameen Faheem, Indian-Pakistani poet and politician (b. 1939)

Further Reading

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