On This Day: Key events on June 20, Black Hole of Calcutta in 1756 to Queen Victoria’s accession in 1837

  • Key events on June 20 include the 'Black Hole of Calcutta' incident in 1756 where around 146 people were confined in a small dungeon leading to many deaths from suffocation and heat exhaustion. Here is the look at several events that occured on June 20.

Written By Karishma Pranav Bhavsar
Updated20 Jun 2024, 07:15 AM IST
On this day: Take a look at the key events that happened on June 20 in history.
On this day: Take a look at the key events that happened on June 20 in history.

On this day, June 20 Several incidents and events occured on this day in the past. Right from Black Hole of Calcutta in 1756 to Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV in 1837; here's a look at key events on June 20.

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Black Hole of Calcutta in 1756

The "Black Hole of Calcutta" refers to an incident on June 20, 1756, when Siraj-ud-Daulah, the Nawab of Bengal, seized Fort William in Calcutta from the British. Reports indicate that around 146 people were confined overnight in a small, poorly ventilated dungeon, known as the 'Black Hole'. The lack of air and extreme heat led to many deaths from suffocation and heat exhaustion. Most of the prisoners were British, with some Dutch and Portuguese individuals also among them. Although the exact number of deaths is uncertain, it is traditionally believed that only about 23 people survived.

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Queen Victoria's accession in 1837

On June 20, 1837, Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.

Great Seal of the United States in 1776

As per the National Archieves, after the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the first committee to design a seal for the United States was appointed, and its design began. After undergoing numerous changes, on June 20, 1782, the seal was officially adopted by the Continental Congress. The Great Seal of the United States is the symbol of our sovereignty as a nation. 

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Boxer Muhammad Ali convicted in 1967

In 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted and was sentenced to five years in prison. (Ali’s conviction was ultimately overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court), as reported by Associated Press.

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Obama administration granted benefits to same-sex couple in 2014

In 2014, the Obama administration extended a range of new benefits to same-sex couples, even in states where gay marriage was illegal. These benefits included Social Security and veterans' benefits, as well as work leave to care for ill spouses.

(With inputs from Associated Press)

 

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