Through this article titled Today in History – October 24 – India and World, we will try to recall the most important historical events that took place in both India and World. While this section is designed specifically for history buffs, it also serves the needs of those who are preparing for some competitive examinations in India. So, instead of wasting time any further, let us begin…
What Happened On This Day in History – October 24
Today in History – October 24: “India”
1505: Portugal’s Dom Francis de Almeida arrived at Cochin, India as ‘Viceroy of India’.
1579: S. J. Thomas Stephens – first English Statesman and English Jesuit Father – reached Goa on a Portuguese ship. He settled down in India and eventually died in 1619 in Goa.
1605: After Akbar’s death on October 17, Prince Salim sat on throne of Mughal Empire and took the name Jahangir on October 24.
1851: First official telegraph line opened on this day between Calcutta and Diamond Harbor.
1914: Lakshmi Sahgal – officer of Indian National Army was born on this day.
1921: Indian cartoonist – R. K. Laxman was born.
1975: Through an ordinance, India abolished bonded labor.
1984: In Calcutta, India’s first metro rail service started.
1997: The state of Kerala banned ragging in all educational institutions.
Today in History – October 24: “World”
69 CE: In Second Battle of Bedriacum, Emperor Vitellius’ forces were defeated by forces commanded by Marcus Antonius Primus. Primus was loyal to Vespasian and was also the commander of Danube armies.
1360: Ratification of the Treaty of Brétigny takes place at Calais. This marked end of Hundred Years’ War’s first phase.
1648: Thirty Years’ War comes to an end with the signing of Peace of Westphalia.
1795: During the Third Partition of Poland, Austria, Russia and Prussia completely divide among themselves, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1812: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets of the Napoleonic Wars took place on this day.
1851: Moons of Uranus – Ariel and Umbriel – were discovered by William Lassell.
1861: In US, the first transcontinental telegraph line was completed on this day.
1912: During First Balkan War, Bulgarian victory over the mighty Ottoman Empire concluded the Battle of Kirk Kilisse.
1912: During First Balkan War, Serbian victory over the mighty Ottoman Empire concluded the Battle of Kumanovo.
1917: During WWI, the Battle of Caporetta takes place where Italy had to face a crushing defeat against the forces of German and Austria-Hungary forces. This battle took place at Austro-Italian front.
1917: Bolshevik Red Guards started taking control of Russian buildings. This was one of the very first events that were related with what became popular as the October Revolution.
1929: It was Black Thursday when in New York Stock Exchange, the stock market completely collapsed.
1944: At Battle of Leyte Gulf during WWII, American aircraft sinks the Musashi – a Japanese battle ship.
1945: United Nations was founded on this day.
2003 – The last commercial flight of Concorde took place on this day.
2008 – It was “Bloody Friday”. Several stock exchanges across the globe experienced worst ever declines in their operational history. Many of the indices dropped by as much as 10%.