History is one of the most important subjects for Indian competitive exams like UPSC or Civil Services. The aspirants need to have a thorough knowledge about Indian history and remember the most important dates and events. In this article titled Today in History – January 6 – India and World, we sum up the most important historical events that took place on this day. While this article has a segment for Indian history separately, we have also included the important events of world history, should anyone ever need them.
What Happened On This Day in History – January 6
Today in History – January 6: “India”
1316: King Alauddin Khilji of Delhi Sultanate passed away on this day.
1847: Great Carnatic musician and composer, Saint Thyagaraju, passed away on this day.
1885: Bhartendru Harishchandra, often called as the “Father of Modern Hindi Literature” passed away at the age of 34.
1947: AICC (All India Congress Committee) accepted the partition of India.
1959: Kapil Dev, one of the India’s finest cricketers, was born.
1966: A. R. Rahman, Oscar-winning musician, was born.
1971: P. C. Sorcar (Sarkar), world renowned magician, passed away on this day.
1981: National Institute of Oceanography was successful in collecting polymettalic nodules from the bed of Indian Ocean.
1989: Satwant Singh (prime assassin) and Kehar Singh (uncle of Beant Singh, (prime assassin)) were sentenced to death for assassinating Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India. They were executed on the very same day.
Today in History – January 6: “World”
1066: Harold Godwinson, also called as Harold II, was crowned as the King of England on this day.
1205: Philip of Swabia became the Holy Roman Emperor (also the King of Germany). Later he was assassinated in the year 1208.
1449: Constantine XI was crowned as the Emperor of Byzantine Empire at Mystras.
1721: Committee of Inquiry on South Sea Bubble published its findings.
1781: In the Battle of Jersey, England repelled the last attempt of French forces to invade Jersey.
1838: Alfred Vail demonstrated a telegraph system using just dots and dashes. It is considered as the predecessor of Morse Code.
1870: Wiener Musikverein, one of the world’s finest concert halls, was inaugurated in Vienna, Austria.
1912: New Mexico is admitted as the 47th state of United States of America.
1912: Alfred Wegener, a German geophysicist, presented his theory of Continental Drift for the first time.
1946: General elections were held for the first time in Vietnam.
1950: UK recognized People’s Republic of China.
1951: During the Korean War, in the Ganghwa massacre, 200 to 1300 communist sympathizers of South Korea were butchered.