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Indian History Happened on May 31st.

31-May-1756 Jose Cusodio Faria was born in Candolim of Goa. He was a revolutionary scientist and also called as Abbe Faria.

31-May-1818 Samachar Darpan, the first vernacular newspaper, was published in Bengali language by Carey and Marshman from Serampore.

31-May-1891 Buddhagaya Mahabodhi Society, an organization to encourage Buddhist studies in India and abroad, was established by a Buddhist monk Anagarika Dharmapala.

31-May-1921 Suresh Hariprasad Joshi, modern Gujarati poet, story writer and critic, was born.

31-May-1926 Probir “”Khokhan”” Sen, cricket wicket-keeper (India in late 40’s/early 50’s), was born.

31-May-1928 Pankaj Khirod Roy, cricketer (Indian opener, 413 partnership w/Vinoo Mankad), was born in Calcutta. He was the recipient of Padmashree (1975).

31-May-1947 Gandhiji declares that peace must precede partition, and he would not be party to India’s vivisection.31-May-1968 F.V. Arul became the director of Central Bureau of Investigation (till 06/05/71).

31-May-1970 Indira Gandhi called for international help as the civil war in Bangladesh, or East Pakistan, had turned two million people into refugees. Many of them were suffering from cholera and smallpox. The authorities of West Pakistan refused to care for them, and India couldn’t afford to.

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31-May-1973 Mohan Kumaramangalam, Central Minister, died in an air crash near Delhi.

31-May-1977 Major Premchand and Naik Nima Dorji Sherpa, in the team on Indian Army Treckers, reached the peak of Kanchenjunga. They were amongst the first Indians to reach this peak.

31-May-1981 First developmental launch of SLV-3, Rohini (RS-D1) placed in orbit. It was used for conducting some remote sensing technology studies using a landmark sensor payload.

31-May-1987 Daman and Diu to remain as union territories after Goa becomes the 25th state of India.31-May-1988 Dwarika Prasad Mishra, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, passed away.

31-May-1994 Pandit Samtaprasad, famous Tabla player, passed away.

31-May-1995 Statute Bill, a constitutional amendment bill, introduced in Lok Sabha to extend reservation in jobs and in promotion for SCs and STs.

31-May-1996 J. H. Patel sworn in Karnataka CM.

31-May-1997 Fourth National Games opened at Bangalore.

31-May-1998 B. R. Rawat, an Indian diplomat, is assaulted by a Pakistani private security guard in Islamabad.

31-May-1998 India rejects mediation on issues with Pakistan, reiterates its commitment to address outstanding issues bilaterally.

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World History happened on May 31st

1433 Sigismund is crowned emperor of Rome.

1678 The Godiva procession, commemorating Lady Godiva’s legendary ride while naked, becomes Part of the Coventry Fair.

1862 At the Battle of Fair Oaks, Union General George B. McClellan defeats Confederates outside of Richmond.

1879 New York’s Madison Square Garden opens its doors for the first time.

1889 Johnstown, Pennsylvania is destroyed by a massive flood.1900 U.S. troops arrive in Peking to help put down the Boxer Rebellion.

1902 The Boer War ends with the Treaty of Vereeniging.

1909 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference.

1913 The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for direct election of senators, is ratified.

1915 A German zeppelin makes an air raid on London.1916 British and German fleets fight in the Battle of Jutland.

1928 The first flight over the Pacific takes off from Oakland.

1941 An armistice is arranged between the British and the Iraqis.

1955 The Supreme Court orders that states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed.”

1962 Adolf Eichmann, the former SS commander, is hanged near Tel Aviv, Israel.

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance.”

1974 Israel and Syria sign an agreement on the Golan Heights.

1979 Zimbabwe proclaims its independence.1988 President Ronald Reagan arrives in Moscow, the first American president to do so in 14 years.

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Historic Personalities Born on May 31st

1469 Manuel I, King of Portugal (1495-1521).

1819 Walt Whitman, American poet.1894 Fred Allen [John Florence Sullivan], American comedian.

1898 Norman Vincent Peale, American religious leader.

1925 Julian Beck, theater manager.

1930 Clint Eastwood, American film actor and director.


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