On this day:

1759: British troops chase French out of Masulipatam India

1929: Indian Independence Movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest

1959: One of the first modern programming languages, COBOL, is created 1985: India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster

Born on this day:

1938: Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations

Gone on this day:

1857: Mangal Pandey, Indian Sepoy (soldier) in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry

1894: Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Indian novelist