May 20Today in Indian History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India becoming the first European to reach India by sea

Vasco da Gama
Explorer Vasco da Gama
  • 1992 India launches its 1st satellite independently
  • 1994 Sushmita Sen from India is crowned the 43rd Miss Universe at 18 years old
  • 2020 Cyclone Amphan comes ashore in West Bengal, East India and Bangladesh, with winds of 185 km per hour (115 mph) killing at least 84 people

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1894 Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, Jivanmukta (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Andre Carolus Cirino, Suriname/Indian poet
  • 1983 Jr. NTR, Indian film actor

Famous Deaths

  • 1932 Bipin Chandra Pal, Indian nationalist and freedom fighter, dies at 73
  • 1996 Janaki Ramachandran, Indian politician, Chief Minister of Indian state of Tamil Nadu (1988), dies at 72

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