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Today’s History: The day of the establishment of Aligarh Muslim University, know the important events of 24 May


New Delhi : May 24 has a special significance for Aligarh Muslim University, one of the major educational centers of the country. Actually this educational institution was established on this day in 1920. Realizing the need to provide modern education to the Muslims, the great social reformer of his time, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, established a school in 1877 which later became the Muslim Anglo Oriental College. This college went on to become Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. It was one of the four central universities of the country after independence.

If we look at the history of this university, it is known that the revolution of 1857 had a deep impact on Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and his family members were also victims of British bullets. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was an educated and virtuous person, so he decided to teach a lesson to the British by making modern education a weapon. He joined the East India Company and went to England in 1870 with the intention of learning as much as possible about modern education. There he visited world famous institutions like Oxford and Cambridge and dreamed of spreading the light of modern education in India too.
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Sir Syed Ahmed Khan came back and established a madrasa in Aligarh with only seven students. Gradually the number of students started increasing and in 1877 it was expanded and the Anglo Oriental College was started. This college became the Aligarh Muslim University in 1920, which is famous as a prestigious educational institution in the world.

The serial details of other important events recorded on the date of 24th May in the history of the country are as follows:-

1543: Death of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who propounded the theory that all the planets, including the Earth, revolved around the Sun and that the Earth also rotated on its axis, causing different seasons.

1689: The British Parliament guarantees religious freedom to Protestant Christians.

1877: Syed Ahmed Khan founded a madrasa in Aligarh with seven students, which later became the Muslim Anglo-Oriental College and then the Aligarh Muslim University.

1883: The Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, is opened to traffic.

1915: Thomas Alva Edison invented the telescribe.

1931: The first air-cooled passenger train runs on the Waltmore Ohio route in America.

1959: Empire Day is renamed Commonwealth Day.

1985: Ten thousand people died due to cyclonic storm in Bangladesh.

1986: Margaret Thatcher becomes the first British Prime Minister to visit Israel.

1994: More than 250 pilgrims die in a stampede during a Hajj ceremony in Mina (Saudi Arabia).

1994: The four accused in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York City are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.

2000: Israel ends its 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon and withdraws its forces from there.

2001: Nepal’s 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Sherry becomes the youngest mountaineer to summit Mount Everest.

2004: North Korea bans mobile phones.

2020: There was a significant increase in the cases of Covid-19 in the country and a record 6,767 new cases were reported in 24 hours, taking the total cases of infection to 1,31,868 while the death toll was 3,867.

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