1840- Kaliprasanna Singha, Bengali author, playwright, and philanthropist, was born.
1969- Madhubala, an Indian film actress who appeared in Hindi films, died on this day.
1969- Vrindavan Lal Verma, a famous Hindi literature writer, died on this day.
1993- India completed a 3-0 series defeat of England.
2004- Vijay Anand left the world, he was an Indian filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, editor, and actor.
2011- Nirmala Srivastava died on this day. In 2011, she was known as Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga, a simple meditation technique.
ACROSS THE WORLD
0303: Emperor Diocletian ordered the general persecution of Christians in Rome, Europe.
1516: Hapsburg Charles I succeeded Ferdinand in Spain.
1540: Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado began his unsuccessful search for Gold’s fabled cities in the American Southwest.
1574: The 5th war of Religion broke out in France.
1778: Baron von Steuben joined the Continental Army at Valley Forge.
1821: John Keats, a renowned English Romantic poet, died at the age of 25 due to tuberculosis.
1836: Santa Anna besieged the Alamo.
1846: The liberty bell tolled for the last time to mark George Washington’s birthday.
1847: The Mexicans defeated forces that Zachary Taylor led at the Battle of Buena Vista.
1854: The Great Britain officially recognized the independence of the Orange Free State.
1861: Texas became the seventh state to secede from the Union.
1885: John Lee survived three attempts to hang him in Exter Prison, as the trap failed to open.
1898: Writer Emile Zola was imprisoned in France for his letter J’accuse. He accused the French government of anti-Semitism and the wrong decision to detain the army captain Alfred Dreyfus.
1904: Japan guaranteed sovereignty for Korea in exchange for military assistance.
1921: An Airmail plane made 33 hours and 20 minutes from San Francisco to New York that was a record.
1938: Twelve Chinese fighter planes dropped bombs on Japan.
1947: Several hundred Nazi organizers were arrested in Frankfurt by the U.S. and the British forces.
1954: Mass inoculation began as Salk’s polio vaccine was given to children for the first time.
1955: Eight nations met for the first SEATO council in Bangkok, Thailand.
1972: Black Activist Angela Davis was released from jail, where she was held for kidnapping, conspiracy, and murder.
1991: French forces unofficially started the Persian Gulf ground war by crossing the Saudi-Iraqi border.