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TODAY IN HISTORY - 10 MARCH


• 241 BC – First Punic War: Battle of the Aegates Islands: The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end.


• 1897 – Savitribai Phule’s Death, Indian poet and activist (Birth. 1831).

• 1922 – Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years in prison, only to be released after nearly two years for an appendicitis operation.

• 1932 – Udupi Ramachandra Rao’s Birthday, Indian physicist and engineer


Udupi Ramachandra Rao, popularly known as U. R. Rao  is a space scientist and former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation. Presently he is the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory at Ahmedabad and chancellor of Indian Institute for Space Science and Technology IIST at Thiruvananthapuram.
Rao was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1976. He was inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington on March 19, 2013 at a ceremony organised by the Society of Satellite Professionals International. With this he became the first Indian to be inducted.
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