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This Day in History on 8th April

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 8th April. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days:

  • Buddha’s Birthday (Japan only, other countries follow different calendars)
  • International Romani Day

Important Events:

1674: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj honoured Hansaji Mohite with the degree of ‘Hambirrao’ and appointed him as Chief General of his Army.
1759: British troops chase French out of Masulipatam, India.
1774: Narayan Rao’s posthumous son Madhav Rao was seen as a challenge to Raghunath Rao only when he was 10 days old.
1835: Raja Ram Mohan Roy reached England.
1857: Mangal Pandey, the first revolutionary of Indian mutiny and freedom fighter, was hanged till death at Barrackpore. He struck the first bullet during the time of mutiny against the British Empire.
1894: Lifetime of Swami Chandrashekarendra(1894-1994), venerated Shankaracharya saint of Kanchi monastery in South India.
1919: Gandhiji arrested on way to Delhi for refusal to comply with order not to enter Punjab; escorted back to Bombay; outbreaks of violence in several towns.
1923: Plague in India killed 1,000 in past week.
1929: Indian independence movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest.
1946: HMS Vengeance, sailed with 22 aircraft of No. 4 Sqn, halted at Singapore for re-fueling and set course for Iwakuni, a port of Kyushu island.
1950: Nehru and Ali Khan sign the Indo-Pakistani Pact.
1973: India takes control over Sikkim after anti-government riots.
1985: India files suit against Union Carbide in New York for Bhopal gas disaster.
1991: Prafulla Kumar Mahanta,Assam CM, steps down as party chief.
1993: Dasarath Deb, veteran tribal leader, elected leader of the Left and Democratic Front legislature party in Tripura.
1997: Delhi High Court quashes charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy against L.K. Advani (BJP President), and former Union Minister V.C. Shukla in the Jain hawala case.
1997: India creates history by entering the semi-finals of the 12th Jawaharlal Nehru Gold Cup international football series for the first time after holding Ghana 2-2 at Kochi.
1998: India enters into a historical partnership with France with the formal launch of a joint programme for restoring and protecting the Taj Mahal.
1998: Prem Singh Lalpura, who defied the Akali Dal leadership, not taking oath as a Lok Sabha member on denial of a ministerial berth, is expelled by the party.
1999: Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.

Birthday / Anniversary:

1887: Ramnarayan Vishwanath Pathak, famous Gujrati litterateur critic, poet and story writer, was born.
1925:Kumar Gandharva (Shivputra Siddharamaiya Komkali), famous music director and singer, was born.
1937: R. Gundurao, former Chief Minister of Karnataka and senior leader of Indira Congress, was born.
1954: G.V. Loganathan, Indian-American engineer and academic (d. 2007)

Death / Death Anniversary:

1894: Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, famous novelist and writer of national song ‘Vande Mataram’, died at the age of 55. Some of his writings are ‘Anandmath’ and ‘Kapal Kundala’.
1897: Henrich Von Stephan, famous General Postal Union and freedom fighter, passed away.
1953: Walchand Hirachand, great Industrialist, passed away.
2015: Jayakanthan, Indian journalist and author (b. 1934)

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