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This Day in History on 31st March

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 31st March. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days:

  • Freedom Day (Malta)

Important Events:

FILE – In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees at the Buddha Park in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh, India. More than 150 Tibetan religious leaders say their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, should have the sole authority to choose his successor. A resolution adopted by the leaders at a conference on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, says the Tibetan people will not recognize a candidate chosen by the Chinese government for political ends. ( AP Photo/Tenzin Choejor, File)

1867: Prarthana Samaj was established by Ranade, Bhandarkar and others at Mumbai in 1864
1904: British slaughter hundreds of Tibetans.
1913: Foundation stone of ‘Gateway of India’ was laid by Sir George Sydneham Clerk
1930: Shyamji Krishna Varma, freedom fighter, nationalist and patriot, passed away in Geneva.
1935: 374 infants wed at a mass ceremony.
1942: During the 2nd World War, Japan was heavily successful in Burma and Andaman which posted a danger to the Indian Security.
1959: Dalai Lama fled China & was granted political asylum in India.
1977: N. K. Mukarji was appointed as the Cabinet Secretary of India. He held this office till 31-03-1980
1980: Nirmal Mukherjee, the last Indian Civil Service Officer, retired from service as Cabinet Secretary.
1990: Bharat Ratna, India’s highest award, was given to Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1841-1956) (Posthumous).
1992: The new five-year Export-Import policy relaxes restrictions
1994: The Supreme Court orders closure of 11 industrial units around Taj Mahal.

The Supreme Court orders closure of 11 industrial units around Taj Mahal.
The Supreme Court orders closure of 11 industrial units around Taj Mahal.

1997: Forex reserves touch a record $ 22.36 billions
1998: T. N. Mishra became the director of Central Bureau of Investigation (till 04/01/99).
1999: The PIO card, conferring privileges on persons of Indian origin settled abroad, is formally launched.

Birthday / Anniversary:

1843: Balwant Pandurang Kirloskar (Annasaheb), first musical playwright of Marathi, was born.
1871: Gangadhar Balkrishna Deshpande, freedom fighter and loyal Congress leader ‘Lion of Karnataka’, was born.

Death / Death Anniversary:

Meena Kumari
Meena Kumari

1663: Mir Jumla, Mughal Commander, passed away in Bihar.
1926: Dattatray Balwant Parasnis, who made research in History, passed away.
1972: Meena Kumari, famous film actress, passed away.

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