Bangladesh in History

Historical Events

  • 1876-10-31 Great Backerganj Cyclone of 1876 ravages British India (Modern-day Bangladesh), over 200,000 killed
  • 1952-02-21 Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
  • 1963-05-28 Cyclone hits Chittagong, Bangladesh; about 1 million houses destroyed
  • 1965-05-11 Bangladesh windstorm kills 17,000
  • 1965-12-15 3rd cyclone of year kills 15,000 at the mouths of the Ganges River in Bangladesh
  • 1970-11-12 240 KPH cyclone hits East Pakistan (Bangladesh); 3-500,000 die
  • 1970-11-12 Cyclone Bhola makes landfall in East Pakistan killing up to 500,000 - deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded
  • 1971-03-26 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares its independence

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971-04-17 People's Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971-07-30 George Harrison releases "Bangladesh"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1971-08-01 George Harrison's concert for Bangladesh takes place in NYC
  • 1971-12-14 The Pakistan Army executes over 200 of East Pakistan's intellectuals during the Bangladesh Liberation War
  • 1971-12-16 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares independence from Pakistan
  • 1971-12-17 Radio Bangladesh begins transmitting
  • 1972-01-10 Triple album set "Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK
  • 1972-01-11 East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh
  • 1972-03-19 India & Bangladesh sign friendship treaty
  • 1972-04-19 Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • 1972-11-04 Bangladesh adopts constitution
  • 1972-12-16 Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
  • 1973-03-07 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Awami League wins election in Bangladesh
  • 1973-07-25 George Harrison pays £1,000,000 tax on his Bangladesh concert & album
  • 1974-02-24 Pakistan officially recognizes Bangladesh
  • 1974-08-15 Hurricane/floods ravage Bangladesh, 4,000 killed
  • 1975-01-25 Bangladeshi parliament disposes of premier Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • 1975-08-15 Bangladesh military coup under Khondakar Moustaque Ahmed
  • 1975-09-01 All political parties forbidden in Bangladesh
  • 1976-12-01 Bangladesh General Ziaur Rahman declares himself president
  • 1977-04-21 Zia ur-Rahman appointed president of Bangladesh
  • 1979-02-18 Pres Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
  • 1981-05-30 Bangladesh Pres Ziaur Rahman is shot by group of rebel officers
  • 1985-05-24 -25) cyclone hits Bangladesh; about 10,000 die
  • 1985-05-25 Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed
  • 1986-04-14 Double-decker ferry sinks in stormy weather in Bangladesh killing 200
  • 1986-05-25 Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed
  • 1986-11-10 Bangladeshi Constitution restored
  • 1987-08-23 Violent rainfall/floods in Bangladesh, kills 100s
  • 1988-11-30 Cyclone lashes Bangladesh, Eastern India; 317 killed
  • 1988-12-01 596 dead after cyclone hits Bangladesh, half a million homeless
  • 1989-04-27 Hurricane in Bangladesh kills 500
  • 1991-04-29 Cyclone strikes Bangladesh, 139,000 die/10 million homeless
  • 1991-04-30 In Bangladesh a cyclone killed over 131,000 & left 9 million homeless
  • 1992-06-23 "Tin Bigha Day" protest in India of corridor opening to Bangladesh
  • 1992-06-26 India leases Tin Bigha corridor to Bangladesh
  • 1993-12-17 Muslims in Bangladesh call for the murder of feminist Taslima Nasrin
  • 1994-07-29 200,000 Muslims demand the death of feminist writer Taslima Nasrin in Bangladesh
  • 1994-08-20 Ferry boat sinks at Chandpur Bangladesh, 300-350 killed
  • 1994-12-29 Bangladesh government of Zia resigns
  • 1996-05-13 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
  • 1996-09-15 Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final
  • 2007-11-15 A devastating Cyclone named Sidr hit Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroyed the world's largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans.
  • 2009-02-25 BDR massacre in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 74 People are being killed, including more than 50 Army officials, by Bangladeshi Boarder Guards inside its headquarter.
  • 2010-01-28 Five murderers of Bangladeshi President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman hanged: Lieutenant Colonel Syed Faruq Rahman, Lieutenant Colonel Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Major AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Major Bazlul Huda and Lieutenant Colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed
  • 2012-03-13 110 people are killed and 63 are missing after a ferry collides with an oil tanker near Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2012-08-11 13 people are killed and 15 injured by a lightning strike at a Mosque in Bangladesh
  • 2013-02-08 100, 000 people march to demand justice for the atrocities of the Bangladesh Liberation War in Dhaka
  • 2013-02-28 35 people are killed in violent demonstrations across Bangladesh
  • 2013-03-23 20 people are killed and 200 are injured by a tornado in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh
  • 2013-04-24 256 people are killed and 1,000 are injured after a building collapses Savar Upazila, Bangladesh
  • 2013-05-06 13 people are killed in clashes with Bangladeshi police in Dhaka
  • 2014-01-07 Sheikh Hasina wins the general election in Bangladesh
  • 2015-07-10 23 people are killed & 50 are injured in a stampede at a free clothing drive in Mymensingh, Bangladesh
  • 2016-02-05 Computer hackers try to steal 1 billion from Federal Reserve Bank of New York using Bangladesh banking codes, steal 81 million before a typo alerts authorities
  • 2016-07-01 Islamic militants storm a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 20 hostages and 2 police, country's worse terror attack

Famous Birthdays

  • 1886-11-02 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician (d. 1971)
  • 1910-03-21 M S Khan, Bangladeshi intellectual (d. 1978)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1922-03-17 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Founding father of Bangladesh and 1st and 4th President of Bangladesh (1971-72 and 1975-76), born in Tungipara, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1975)

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • 1926-09-01 Abdur Rahman Biswas, President of Bangladesh
  • 1929-05-03 Jaharna Imam, Bangladeshi writer/political activist
  • 1930-02-01 Shahabuddin Ahmed, President of Bangladesh
  • 1931-02-28 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bikrampur, British Raj, President (Bangladesh, 2002-2009), (d. 2012)
  • 1938-12-26 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (d. 1989)
  • 1940-06-28 Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi banker, economist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1942-01-23 Razzak, Bangladeshi actor and director
  • 1945-08-15 Begum Khaleda Zia, Bangladeshi politician
  • 1947-09-28 Sheikh Hasina, Bangladeshi politician
  • 1970-09-05 Mohammad Rafique, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1971-07-26 Khaled Mahmud, Former Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1972-08-17 Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1972-09-12 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi American activist and blogger (d. 2015)
  • 1973-08-05 Sanwar Hossain, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1976-02-08 Khaled Mashud, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1982-06-15 Abdur Razzak, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1983-09-04 Tareq Aziz, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1983-10-05 Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1984-01-01 Alok Kapali, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1984-05-04 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricket player (d. 2007)
  • 1984-07-03 Syed Rasel, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1984-07-07 Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1985-10-01 Nazimuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1986-01-25 Shahriar Nafees, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1986-02-04 Mohammad Mahmudullah, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1986-06-16 Farhad Reza, Bangladeshi Cricketer
  • 1987-04-21 Nadif Chowdhury, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1987-10-30 Junaid Siddique, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1988-09-01 Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1989-03-20 Tamim Iqbal, Bangladeshi cricketer

Famous Deaths

  • 1971-03-29 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1886)
  • 1981-05-30 Ziaur Rahmen, President of Bangladesh, is assassinated
  • 1987-10-17 Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1925)
  • 1989-01-20 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • 1993-01-10 Noorjahan Begum, "adulterous" wife in Bangladesh, stoned to death
  • 1994-06-26 Jaharna Imam, Bangladeshi writer/political activist, dies at 65
  • 1996-03-05 Khundaqar Mushtaq Amhed, president of Bangladesh (1975), dies
  • 2000-12-20 Mirza Ghulam Hafiz, Bangladesh statesman, politician, and philanthropist (b. 1920)
  • 2007-03-16 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi cricketer (b. 1984)
  • 2012-12-10 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi President, dies from heart surgery complications at 81
  • 2015-02-26 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh