This Day in History on 24 October

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

Important Days

United Nations Day

World Development Information Day

World Polio Day

Important Events

1505: Don Francis-Di-Almeda of Portugal arrived at Cochin as Viceroy of India.

1579: Jesuit father and first Englishman S.J.Thomas Stephens arrived at Goa in a Portuguese ship. He settled here and died in 1619.

1605: Mughal Emperor Jahangir became the fourth Emperor of Mughal Empire at Agra.

1657: Kalyan and Bhiwandi came under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

1851: William Lassell discovered the Umbrellas and Ariel moons of the planet Uranus.

1851: First official telegraph line was opened between Calcutta and Daimond Harbour spanning 33.8 km.

1856: Veer Narayan Singh, freedom fighter, was arrested by the British Government at Sambalpur for distributing grains from the warehouse to the people. He was sent to jail at Raipur.

1857: Sheffield FC opened in Sheffield, England, the world’s oldest football club.

1901: Anne Edson Taylor became the first person to jump out of a barrel at Niagara Falls.

1909: Vinayak Savarkar celebrated Dussehra for the first time in London under the presidency of Gandhi.

1945: United Nations was established after World War II with the signature of 50 countries.

1946: Earth was first photographed from space.

1949: United Nations headquarters began operations.

1953: Selection of the Dassault Ouragan fighter from France at this time reflected the decision to initiate diversification of supply sources. The first four of over 100 Ouragans, or ‘Toofanis’ as they were to become known in the IAF, reached Palam Airport from France and this type re-equipped Nos.8, 3 and 4 Squadrons in that order.

1963: Due to the drought in India, rice was banned in public and at large ceremonies.

1964: Northern Rhodesia gained independence from the United Kingdom and is renamed Zambia.

1966: Yugoslavia, UAR call on the US at New Delhi to stop bombing of North Vietnam.

1975: Bounded labour system was abolished by Ordinance.

1984: The first subway in India was started at Kolkata. The First Metro Train (Underground Train) in India started between Esplanade and Bhowanipore in Calcutta city.

1997: Satar player Pandit Ravi Shankar was awarded the Premium Imperial International Award of Japan for his outstanding achievements in the field of music.

1997: Kerala bans ragging in educational institutions by an ordinance.

2000: Central Government’s Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Award was announced to Baba Amte.

2004: Brazil performed the first successful rocket test in space.

2003: Concorde’s last commercial flight.

2016: Cyrus Mistry fired as Tata Group chairman.

2018: Indian cricketer Virat Kohli becomes the 12th and the fastest-ever to score 10,000 runs in one-day international matches, taking just 205 innings.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1632: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch microbiologist.

Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Indian author
Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Indian author

1775: Bahadur Shah Zafar was the last Mughal emperor.

1789: Jean C Baud, Governor General of Dutch-Indies (1834-6), was born.

1827: Viceroy Lord Rippan (1880-1884) was born.

1865: Bhagvat Singh was the ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Gondal.

1868: Balasaheb Pantpratinidhi, king of Aundh and painter, was born.

1871: Padmanath Gohain Baruah was the first president of Asam Sahitya Sabha.

1883: Mirza Ismail was an Indian statesman who was the Diwan of the Kingdoms of Mysore, Jaipur and Hyderabad.

Lakshmi Sahgal, Indian Independence movement revolutionary
Lakshmi Sahgal, Indian Independence movement revolutionary

1890: Shishirkumar Mitra, Physics expert, was born in Calcutta.

1891: Rafael Trujillo, President of the Dominican Republic.

1894: Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Indian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1987)

1904: Lalchand Hirachand, famous industialist, was born.

1914: Captain Lakshmi Sahgal, Indian Independence movement revolutionary and Officer of Indian National Army (d. 2012)

1921: Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman (R. K. Laxman) was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist.

1926: Kedarnath Sahani, Governor of Sikkim and Mayor of Delhi.

1930: Raj Bagri, Indies and British merchant in metal, was born.

1933: Govindjee, famous scientist, was born in Allahabad, U.P. He found cutting plant sections easier than dissection of animals.

1934: Mahatma Gandhi quits Indian Indian National Congress in struggle over tactics.

R. K. Laxman, Indian illustrator
R. K. Laxman, Indian illustrator

1935: Mark Tully, Indian-English journalist and author

1938: Farooq Rehmany Mohammad, journalist, social reformer and political worker, was born at Bandipur.

1940: Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, Indian space scientist who headed the Indian Space Research Organisation.

1955: Ghulam Ahmad Hasan Muhammad Parkar, cricketer (Indian batsman vs England 1982), was born in Kalusta, Maharashtra.

1960: Himani Shivpuri, Indian actress known for her supporting roles in Bollywood films and Hindi soap operas.

1963: Arvind Raghunathan, Indian-American industrialist.

Mark Tully, Indian-English journalist
Mark Tully, Indian-English journalist

1974: Anurag Thakur, member of the Lower House of Parliament in India from Hamirpur.

1976: Mallika Sherawat, Indian actress who predominantly works in Hindi language films.

1980: Kaushiki Chakraborty, Indian classical vocalist.

1986: Drake, Canadian rapper, songwriter, and actor.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1601: Tycho Brahe, Dutch astronomer.

1922: George Cadbury, the founder of Cadbury.

1944: Louis Renault, French industrialist, founder of the Renault Company.

S. S. Rajendran, Indian actor
S. S. Rajendran, Indian actor

1954: Rafi Ahmed Kidwai was a politician, an Indian independence activist and a socialist.

1979: Carlo Abarth, Austrian automobile designer, founder of the Abarth Company.

1991: Jean Roddenberry, American screenwriter, Star Trek creator.

1991: Ismat Chugtai, famous Urdu author, social worker and campaigner for justice for women, died at the age of 80 years.

2004: Kollur Mallappa was the first President of Hyderabad Pradesh Congress Committee.

2011: John McCarthy, father of the Lisp programming language.

Ismat Chughtai, Indian author
Ismat Chughtai, Indian author
Girija Devi, Indian classical singer
Girija Devi, Indian classical singer

2013: Manna Dey was an internationally acclaimed Indian playback singer, music director, musician and Indian classical vocalist.

2014: S. S. Rajendran, Indian actor, director, and producer (b. 1928)

2017: Girija Devi, Indian classical singer (b. 1929)

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