1774: Postal service started in India

Warren Hastings—then-governor general of British India—opened the postal service to the public and the first General Post Office was established in Calcutta.

1870: First African-American casts vote

Thomas Mundy Peterson of New Jersey became the first African-American voter to cast his ballot.

1889: Eiffel Tower inaugurated

The Eiffel Tower was officially inaugurated in Paris to mark the centenary of the French Revolution.

1959: Dalai Lama reaches India’s border

Tibetan religious leader Dalai Lama and his 20 disciples reach India’s border after fleeing Lhasa on foot via the Khenziman Pass.

1990: BR Ambedkar’s Bharat Ratna

Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.