History can be difficult to remember, especially those dates and years. Remembering dates require repeated revisions and if the information comes in discreet date-wise list, the study becomes systematic and easy. This is where this article titled Today in History – December 24 – India and World excels. It provides date-wise events in properly segregated fashion, making it easy for people preparing for competitive exams such as UPSC or banking exams. So, let us begin…
What Happened On This Day in History – December 24
Today in History – December 24: “India”
1524: Portuguese traveler Vasco da Gama died in Kochi.
1880: Dr. Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramayya was born in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh.
1891: Chandra Singh Garhwali was born in Garhwal district, Uttarakhand. He was a brave soldier who challenged British Captain’s command to fire on unarmed people during the Peshawar uprisings.
1921: Rabindranath Tagore inaugurated Viswa Bharati at Shantiniketan with Brojandra Nath Seal as the chief guest.
1924: One of the greatest singers of Bollywood, Mohd. Rafi was born.
2000: Vishwanathan Anand won FIDE World Chess title.
2002: Delhi Metro-rail (the second metro-rail in India) was inaugurated.
Today in History – December 24: “World”
1777: Kiritimati was discovered by James Cook. It is also called as Christmas Island.
1818: First performance of “Silent Night” at St. Nikolaus church in Oberndorf, Austria.
1906: Reginald Fessenden, for the first time, transmitted a radio broadcast. It consisted of a violin solo, poetry and a speech.
1924: Albania becomes a republican country.
1939: During WWII, Pope Pius XII made an appeal on Christmas Eve for peace.
1941: During WWII, Japanese army occupied Kuching.
1941: During WWII, British forces occupied Benghazi.
1942: During WWII French Admiral of Vichy, François Darlan was killed by Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, French monarchist in Algiers, Algeria.
1943: Dwight D. Eisenhower, America’s general, was named Supreme Allied Commander to Invade Normandy during WWII.