Punjab in History

Historical Events

  • 1846-01-28 Battle of Allwal, British beat Sikhs in Punjab
  • 1849-03-29 Great Britain formally annexs Punjab after defeat of Sikhs in India
  • 1882-10-14 University of the Punjab is founded in present day Pakistan.
  • 1956-11-01 Indian states of Punjab, Patiala & PEPSU merge as Punjab protection
  • 1966-11-01 Indian Haryana state created from Punjab; Chandigarh terr created
  • 1979-09-20 The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML).
  • 1984-04-15 Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab India
  • 1985-08-17 Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India
  • 1985-09-25 Akali Dal wins Punjab State election in India
  • 1993-03-30 Punjab beat Maharashtra by 120 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 1995-03-31 Bombay beat Punjab on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy

Famous Birthdays

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1469-04-15 Guru Nanak, Founder of the religion of Sikhism and the 1st Sikh Guru, born in Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 1539)

Founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak
Founder of Sikhism
Guru Nanak
  • 1534-09-24 Guru Ram Das, 4th Sikh Guru (1574-81), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 1581)

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1907-09-27 Bhagat Singh, Indian freedom fighter, born in Jaranwala Tehsil, Punjab (d. 1931)

Indian Independence Fighter Bhagat Singh
Indian Independence Fighter
Bhagat Singh
  • 1929-01-08 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), born in Punjab, India (d. 2015)

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1959-01-06 Kapil Dev, Chandigarh Punjab, Indian cricketer (India's finest all-rounder 1978-94, Cup-1982)

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev
  • 1961-07-21 Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjabi folk singer
  • 1962-04-15 Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi Bhangra singer
  • 1970-11-19 Bhupinder Singh Jr, cricketer (Punjab & Indian ODI batsman)

Famous Deaths

  • 1995-08-31 Beant Singh, PM of Punjab province of India, assassinated at 73