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Importance of Dates

Historical events usually refer to a particular time in the past. It is easy to mention the dates when we talk of incidences of war and the events of that kind.
  • The Battle of Plassey took place on 23rd June 1757 at Palashi, West Bengal, India.
  • Warren Hastings became the first Governor-General of British India from 1773 to 1785.
  • In 1877, Queen Victoria took the title of Empress of India.
  • The Indian National Congress was formed in the year 1885.
  • In 1905, Curzon, the Viceroy and Governor-General (1899–1905), ordered the partition of the province of Bengal.
  • The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place on 13th April 1919.
  • In March 1931, the Gandhi-Irwin Pact was signed.
  • The Quit India Movement or the civil disobedience movement in India was launched in August 1942.
  • On 3rd June 1947, Viscount Mountbatten, the last British Governor-General of India, announced the partitioning of the British Indian Empire into a secular India and a Muslim Pakistan.
  • On 14th August 1947, Pakistan was declared a separate nation. At midnight, on 15th August 1947, India became an independent nation.
  • The above events which roughly trace the Freedom struggle of India can be referred to with specific dates. But specifics dates cannot be fixed when we talk about certain other events of the past.


    Like for example, when did Indians start drinking tea? People in India did not begin drinking tea one fine day; they developed a taste for it over a period of time. There can be no specific date for a process such as this.

    Let us take a few more examples were a specific date cannot be fixed.


  • When British rule was established in India.
  • When the National Movement against Colonial rule started.
  • Changes that took place in certain social practices.

    All these things mentioned above happened over a stretch of time. Only an approximate period can be fixed and this can be called the time-span during which these changes took place in history.

    To make history more interesting than just wars and conquests we should learn more about the people of the past and their livelihood.

  • How did people earn their livelihood in the past?
  • How did people grow crops?
  • What was the kind of food they ate and how did they cook it?
  • How did cities develop and how did markets function?
  • How were kingdoms formed and what was the culture they followed?

    When we seek answers for these questions, History becomes more interesting and provides us with valuable information.


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