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Events for August 31

31-August-1751Robert Clive, Britisher, at the age of 26 seizes Arcot in modern Tamil Nadu. He also checked the French advance in South India.
31-August-1870Dr. Maria Montessori, great teacher, social worker and educationist, was born in Italy.
31-August-1914Anil Kumar Chakravati, journalist, was born at Kusthia.
31-August-1919Amrita Pritam, Punjabi poet, novelist and Gyanpeeth award winner, was born.
31-August-1925Raut Benudhar, great poet and Hindi writer, was born at Kenojhar in Orissa.
31-August-1928Nehru report published in India; demands dominion status in British Empire.
31-August-1947Nehru visits the riot-affected Punjab with Liaqat Ali and Sardar Patel.
31-August-1956The President of India gave his consent to the States Reorganistion Bill.
31-August-1967Satyajit Ray receives the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
31-August-1968Rohini MSV-I, the first Indian-made two-stage sounding rocket, successfully launched from Thumba.
31-August-1969Javagal Srinath, cricketer (Indian right-arm pace bowler since 1991), was born in Mysore.
31-August-1978Air Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgavkar PVSM, MVC, retired as the Air Officer Commanding, India Command.
31-August-1979M. Hidayatullah, consensus choice of political parties, appointed as Vice-President of India (1979 - 1984).
31-August-1981Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif, PVSM, retired as the Air Officer Commanding, India Command. After retirement he held the gubernatorial posts of Governor of Maharastra and Indian Ambassador to France.
31-August-1982G. S. Pathak, former Vice President of India, died.
31-August-1993Pranab Mukherjee rejoins the Union cabinet as Commerce Minister.
31-August-1994Ramdulari Sinha, former Governor of Kerala and former Central Cabinet Minister, died.
31-August-1995Beant Singh (73), Punjab chief minister, assassinated in R.D.X. explosion in a car. He played a very prominent in supressing the militancy in Punjab. This explosion also killed 14 others.
31-August-1997Lok Sabha creates history with its largest-ever sitting of about 22 hours for a special golden jubilee session debating issues of national importance.
31-August-1998Prime Minister Vajpayee announces a gift of 10,000 litres of edible oil and five tonnes of milk powder to Nambia during it's severe drought.
31-August-1998The Government decides to raise the retirement age of the three service chiefs of the armed forces, officers and personnel across the board to 62 years.
31-August-1999Surya Sekhar Ganguly won the National 'B' chess championship in Mumbai.
31-August-2000J & K police nab two Pakistani militants for the massacre of 35 Sikhs at Chattisinghpora in March.

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