This Day in History on 24 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 24 September. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1629: Jacques Specx appointed Governor General of Dutch-Indies.

1664: The Netherlands ceded New Amsterdam to England.

1674: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was second time crowned by ‘Tantrik Paddhati’.

1726: King George empowered the company to establish Municipal Corporation and Mayor s Courts in Bombay and Calcutta.

1873: Mahatma Phule founded the Satyashodhak Samaj.

1932: Gandhi and Dr. Ambedkar agree to the Poona Pact, which reserved seats in the Indian provincial legislatures for the “Depressed Classes” (Untouchables).

1932: The signing of the Puna Pact by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, and Mukundrao Jaykar.

1946: Cathay Pacific Airways was established in Hong Kong.

1947: 1,200 refugees slaughtered on the train to Pakistan. A trainload of Muslim refugees fleeing to Pakistan has been massacred by Sikhs at Amritsar in Punjab, with at least 1,200 defenseless people shot and hacked to death.

1948: Establishment of Honda Motor Company.

1960: The First nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS enterprises, was launched at Newport, Virginia.

1973: Guinea-Bissau gained independence from Portugal.

1992: Five selected regional TV channels go national by direct linking to INSAT.

1994: Death sentence handed down to controversial author Dr. Salman Rushdie for his novel Satanic Verses.

1995: Kanpur University was renamed as Chhatrapati Shahu University.

1999: The second unit of Kaiga nuclear power plant commissioned.

1999: The Chief Controller of Defence Accounts (pensions) was renamed as the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts(Pensions), Allahabad.

2007: India won the T20 world cup under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.

2009: India’s first unmanned lunar probe, Chandrayan 1, discovered large amounts of water on the Moon.

Bhikaiji Cama, Indian activist
Bhikaiji Cama, Indian activist

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1534: Guru Ram Das, the 4th Guru of the Sikhs.

1564: William Adams, was the first Englishman to reach Japan during a five-ship expedition for a private Dutch fleet.

1861: Madam Bhikaji Rustum Kama, Indian revolutionary.

1829: Anandram Dhekial Fukan, father of modern Assamia poetry and essay writer, was born.

Michael J. S. Dewar, Indian-born American theoretical chemist
Michael J. S. Dewar, Indian-born American theoretical chemist

1870: Georges Claude, a French engineer. He is the inventor of neon lights.

1896: F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist, and short story writer.

1902: Ruhollah Khomeini, an Iranian cleric, and politician.

1911: Konstantin Chernenko, Secretary of the Communist Party of Russia.

1914: Janardan Swami was born.

1918: Michael J. S. Dewar, Indian-born American theoretical chemist who developed the Dewar–Chatt–Duncanson model (d. 1997)

1921: Dr. Sakharam Gangadhar Malshe, researcher and critic, was born.

1922: Jugal Mondal, social worker and politician, was born at Howrah.

Autar Singh Paintal, Indian physiologist
Autar Singh Paintal, Indian physiologist

1924: Guru Charan Singh Tohra, leader of the Akali Dal and chairman of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Samiti.

1925: Autar Singh Paintal, Indian physiologist and academic (d. 2004)

1925: Autar Singh Paintal, an Indian science, and educational writer.

1930: John Watts Young, an American astronaut. He became the ninth person to walk on the Moon.

1934: Arvind Laxman Apte, right-hand batsman, was born in Mumbai.

Sivanthi Adithan, Indian businessman
Sivanthi Adithan, Indian businessman
Mohinder Amarnath, Indian cricketer
Mohinder Amarnath, Indian cricketer

1936: Sivanthi Adithan, Indian businessman (d. 2013)

1940: Aarti Saha, the first Indian woman swimmer to swim in the English Gulf.

1942: Linda McCartney, American photographer, musician, animal rights activist, and entrepreneur.

Rajesh Khattar, Indian voice actor
Rajesh Khattar, Indian voice actor

1950: Mohinder Amarnath, cricketer, and commentator. He is the son of Lala Amarnath, the first post-independence captain of India.

1966: Rajesh Khattar, Indian voice actor

Death/ Death Anniversary

1541: Paracelsus, Swiss physician, alchemist, lay theologian, and philosopher of the German Renaissance.

1777: Sarfoji Bhosle, king of Tanjawar, was born.

1815: John Sevier, Indian fighter (Gov/Rep-Tn), died at the age of 70.

1856: Henry, first Viscount Hardinge of Lahore and Governor General of India, passed away.

1859: Nana Saheb, alias Dhundu Pant, one of the top leaders of Sepoy Mutiny, passed away in Nepal.

1896: Louis Gerhard De Geer, Sweden’s first prime minister.

1904: Niels Ryberg Finsen, a Danish-Faroese physician and scientist, was the first Nobel laureate from the country.

1932: Preetilata Waddedara, the first armed woman revolutionary, was hanged for “Chatgaon Ammunitions Plot”.

1939: Carl Laemmle Jr., American Businessman, and founder of Universal Studios.

1945: Johannes Wilhelm “Hans” Geiger, German physicist.

1992: Sarv Mittra Sikri, 13th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India.

1999: Ester Boserup, Danish economist.

2004: Raja Ramanna was an Indian physicist.

2006: Padmini, an Indian actress, and trained Bharatanatyam dancer.

Further Reading

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