In case you are preparing for UPSC examinations, this particular article titled Today in History – January 15 – India and World will be of great help to you as it provides a properly curated list of most important historical events that took place on this particular day in both India and rest of the world. While no description is provided for the events, they works as quick recap for whatever you have studied. So, let us quickly take a look at the most important events that took place on this day.
What Happened On This Day in History – January 15
Today in History – January 15: “India”
1784: Asiatic Society of Bengal was founded by Sir William Jones on this day.
1934: Earthquake in Nepal – Bihar killed nearly 20,000 people.
1949: Indian Army came under an Indian Commander-in-Chief K. M. Cariappa. Since then, this date is celebrated as the Army Day.
1986: K. M. Cariappa (retired) was made the Honorary Field Marshal for life.
1996: Bombay was renamed as Mumbai.
1998: Former Acting Prime Minister, Gulzari Lal Nanda, passed away on this day.
Today in History – January 15: “World”
1559: Elizabeth I was crowned as the Queen of England. The coronation took place in Westminster Abbey, London.
1759: British Museum opened on this day.
1777: During the American Revolutionary War, New Connecticut (now Vermont) declared its independence.
1822: During the Greek War of Independence, Demetrios Ypsilantis became the president of the legislative assembly.
1844: Indiana gave charter to University of Notre Dame.
1876: Die Afrikaanse Patriot, the first ever newspaper in Afrikaans, was published in Paarl.
1892: James Naismith published the rules of basketball.
1908: The first ever Greek-letter organization founded was the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. It was established by college women of African American race.
1943: Soviet’s counter-offensive on the Eastern Front to liberate Voronezh started on this day during WWII.
1962: Derveni papyrus, oldest surviving manuscript of Europe (dates back to 340 BC) was found in Northern Greece.
1969: Soyuz 5 was launched by Soviet Union.
1970: Muammar Gaddafi was proclaimed as the Premier of Libya.