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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Wednesday, 20 June 2018
The Nawab of Bengal imprisoned 146 members of the East India Company’s garrison in the Company’s lock-up for petty offenders. It was known as the ‘Black Hole’. Only 23 survived.

The paddle-wheel steamship Savannah became the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.The voyage from America to Liverpool in England took 27 days and 11 hours.


Queen Victoria, who was just 18 years old, ascended the British throne on the death of her uncle William IV.

Samuel Morse received the patent for the telegraph.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station in Mumbai opened to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.


Floyd Patterson of the U.S.A. floored Sweden’s Ingemar Johansson to become the first boxer to regain a world heavy-weight title.

Pervez Musharraf formally appointed himself President of Pakistan.

Jack Kilby (b. 1923), Nobel laureate in Physics (2000) for his work on integrated circuits and the inventor of the handheld calculator, died.

Former President of Tunisia Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife who were ousted after 23 years in power during the Jasmine Revolution, were sentenced to 35 years in prison in absentia.


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