This Day In History- December 16

1903 – The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the five-star hotel designed by architects Sitaram Khanderao Vaidya and D.N. Mirza and completed by W.A. Chambers, was opened to guests.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

The 22-storied luxury hotel comprises of 11 restaurants, 46 suites and 565 rooms and boasts of having served guests like The Beatles, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Mick Jagger, The Clintons, Deep Purple, Barack Obama etc.


1937 – Former Heavyweight Boxer and Asian Games Gold medalist Captain Hawa Singh was born. Capt. Hawa Singh won Gold medals for India in the Heavyweight category in the 1966 and 1970 Asiads held in Bangkok, Thailand. He remained the undisputed national champion for a record eleven years. He founded the Bhiwani Boxing Club in Haryana known for grooming champion boxers including Olympic medalist Vijender Kumar. Capt. Singh was awarded the ‘Arjuna Award’ in 1966 while in 1999 he received the ‘Dronacharya Award’.


1971 Signing Surrender

1971 – Vijay Diwas. Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command of Pakistani Forces Lieutenant General A.A.K. Niazi signed the Instrument of Surrender.  General Officer Commanding-in-chief of Eastern Command of the Indian Army Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora accepted the surrender.

Instrument Of Surrender



Rahul Dravid Adelaide

2003 – India won a test match in Australia after a wait of twenty-two years when they defeated Australia by 4 wickets at Adelaide. Rahul Dravid was declared Man of the Match for a double ton in the first innings and a fifty in the second one.

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