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16-August-1886

Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa dies at the age of 50. His real name was Gadadhar Ghatterji. An Indian mystic, leader and saint, he preached unity of religions. Swami Vivekanand was his disciple.

16-August-1901

Shripad Ramchandra Tikekar, journalist and critic, was born.

16-August-1922

Raunaq Singh, great industrialist and philanthropist, was born at Daska.

16-August-1923

Narayan Athavle, famous Marathi litterateur and journalist, was born.

16-August-1932

Britain instituted new electoral plan for India: to allow limited untouchables and giving them separate representation.

16-August-1933

Mahatma Gandhi goes on fast for being denied to continue the anti-untouchability propaganda.

16-August-1946

Hindus and Muslims riot in Calcutta. 90 people lost their lives and other 900 were hurt. The Muslim League observed a "Direct Action Day" and announced its withdrawal of support from all plans.

16-August-1958

Pather Panchali' won the top five awards, including feature length motion picture, and got a honorary mention at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

16-August-1965

Indian troops cross Kashmir line, seizes two Pakistani outposts.

16-August-1974

A.Shankar was appointed as the Narcotics Commissioner of India. He headed this office till 31st March 1977.

16-August-1980

Communal riots continue; death toll in Uttar Pradesh City hits 130.

16-August-1991

Indian Airliner Boeing 737 crashes in Manipur's Churachandpur district killing all 69 aboard.

16-August-1991

C. Achuta Menon, former CM of Kerala, passed away.

16-August-1994

Government agrees to present the revised ATR on JPC report on Scam; Parliament crisis defused.

16-August-1996

CBI raids house of former minister Sukh Ram and finds cash and jewellery to the tune of Rs. 3 crore.

16-August-1997

Bodo extremists kill 13 villagers in Nalbari district in Assam.

16-August-1997

Krishan Kant, Andhra Pradesh's Governor, elected as the Vice President of India.

16-August-2000

Rangarajan Kumaramangalam, Union Power Minister, goes into a coma after multiple organ failure.

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