In this article titled Today in History – January 8 – India and World, we presented the most important historical events that took place on this particular day in a chronological order. The whole purpose of separating the events that took place in India is to provide a quick study material for aspirants of civil services and other competitive exams. However, this article as a whole also caters to the needs of history buffs and curious minds alike. Let’s begin…
What Happened On This Day in History – January 8
Today in History – January 8: “India”
1884: Keshub Chandra Sen, eminent social reformer and freedom fighter, passed away.
1895: Birth date of Ramchandra Sakharam Ruikar, who played a prominent role in Indian Labor Movement.
1909: Ashapoorna Devi, the first woman to win Jnanpith award, was born on this day at Potoldanga, North Calcutta.
1984: Sushama Mukhopadhayay, member of Bengal flying club and first woman pilot, passed away on this day. However, she didn’t fly on airplane.
Today in History – January 8: “World”
1499: France’s Louis XII married Brittany’s Anne accepting the law given by Charles VIII, his predecessor.
1547: “Simple Words of Catechism” became the first book to be published in Lithuanian language. It was published in Königsberg.
1746: During the Second Jacobite rising, Stirling was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie.
1815: During the War of 1812, in the Battle of New Orleans, American forces led by Andrew Jackson defeated British.
1835: US national debt became zero for the only time.
1867: Men of African-American origin were given the right to vote in Washington DC.
1912: African National Congress was founded.
1940: British introduced food rationing.
1945: During WWII, Philippine Commonwealth troop (of Philippine Commonwealth Army) entered Ilocos Sur which was in Northern Luzon and attacked Japanese forces.
1973: Luna 21, Soviet’s Space Mission, was launched.