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  • This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened today!

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 21st March”. 

1887: Birth anniversary of MN Roy

A radical activist and an important part of the Indian freedom struggle, MN Roy was born on this day as Narendranath Bhattacharya at Arbelia in West Bengal. Roy was a founding member of the Communist Party of India. Along with it, he established the Communist Party in 1917 in Mexico and the Indian Renaissance Institute at Dehradun.

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MN Roy
Source – Wikipedia

1916: Ustad Bismillah Khan was born

Ustad Saheb was born on 21st March at Dumraon, Bihar in a family of court musicians. He was the first Indian to greet the nation with his Shehnai from the Red Fort. He also portrayed his musical magic at the first Republic Day celebration. He has been awarded Bharat Ratna for his immense contribution to music.

Bismillah Khan
Source – Newsgram

1949: Slavoj Zizek was born 

Philosopher and cultural critic, Zizek was born on this day in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989) which was his first work in English, is widely considered to be his masterpiece. He is a professor with global reach and intellectual acclaim with several documentaries and books to his credit.

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Slavoj Zizek
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1975: Ethiopia abolished its monarchy after 3,000 years

Ethiopia’s left‐wing military Government issued a proclamation in 1975, which annulled the Crown Prince and other titles of prince and princess. It was a preparation for the establishment of a socialist republic state.

Ethiopian Monarchy
Source – Wikipedia

1977: Emergency in India was lifted officially

On this day, the 21 month period of emergency was officially over. Though the announcement was made via All-India Radio on 18th January. The official announcement dissolved the Parliament and thus fresh elections were to be held. The emergency started on 25 June 1975 and is said to be one of the darkest times of Indian History.

Source – Indian Express
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