Preparing for a competitive exam in India and worried about history? Look no further! This article titled Today in History – December 18 – India and World will give you segregated information on the most important historical events that took place on this day in both India and rest of the world. While this article is not really a complete guide to your history lessons for the competitive exams, it is definitely a helping hand with segmented data and facts that will make it easy for you to prepare for the exams. So, let us begin…
What Happened On This Day in History – December 18
Today in History – December 18: “India”
1756: Guru Ghasidas – a famous social reformer and advocate of Hinduism’s Satnami Sect – was born on this day in Girodpuri.
1952: Surendranath Dasgupta – India’s one of the foremost and eminent scholars of Philosophy and Sanskrit – died on this day in Kolkata, West Bengal.
1961: India engineered a military action against Portuguese rule in Goa. The military action led to liberation of Goa from colonial rule of Portugal and was integrated into Indian Union.
Today in History – December 18: “World”
1271: Kublai Khan renamed his empire as the ‘Yuan’. This marked the beginning of Yuan Dynasty of Mongolia and China.
1622: At the Battle of Mbumbi, a military victory was achieved over Kingdom of Kongo by the Portuguese forces.
1655: The Whitehall Conference came to an end determining that there was absolutely no law that prevented the Jews from re-entering England post 1290’s Edict of Expulsion.
1777: The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in United States. It was celebrated because American rebels won over British forces.
1787: New Jersey ratified the US Constitution. It became the third state to do so.
1865: Slavery was abolished through length and breadth of USA when William Seward – US Secretary of State proclaimed Thirteenth Amendment adoption.
1878: Al-Thani family became Qatar’s rulers.
1944: During WWII, a supply base of Japan located at Hankow, China was attacked by 77 B-29 Superfortress bombers and 200 more US aircrafts.
1958: The first communication satellite of the world – Project SCORE – was launched on this day.
1966: Epimetheus – a moon of Saturn – was discovered by Richard Walker.
1981: Tu-160 – a heavy strategic bomber of Russia – made its first flight. It is world’s largest combat aircraft. It is also largest variable-sweep wing and largest supersonic aircraft ever built.
2006: First-ever elections were held in United Arab Emirates.