Important Events of November – 18
V.O Chidambaram Pillai Memorial Day
He was born on 5th September 1872.
- Valliappan Olaganathan Chidambaram.also known as Kappalottiya Tamizhan ” was a tamil Freedom fighter and leader of Indian National Congress. He was a disciple of Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
- He launched the first indigenous Indian shipping service between Tuticorin and Colombo with the Swadeshi Steam Navigation Company, competing against British ships. Tuticorin Port Trust, one of the india’s 13 major ports is named after him. At one time a member of the Indian National Congress, he was later charged with sedition by the British government and sentenced to life imprisonment; his barrister license was revoked.
- From 1892 Chidambaram was influenced by Tilak Maharaj, and became his disciple. Along with Subramanya Siva and Subramanya Bharathi, he became a prominent spokesperson for the cause in Madras Presidency.
He was died on November 18, 1936.
NASA has Launched the MAVEN Probe
On November 18, 2013 NASA launches the MAVEN probe to Mars.
War On Drugs
On November 18, 1988 War U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.
Push Button Telephone
On November 17, 1963 The first push-button telephone goes into service.
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