West Bengal in History

West Bengal: Kolkata

Historical Events


Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1575-03-03 Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi

Mughal Emperor Akbar
Mughal Emperor
Akbar
  • 1737-10-07 40 foot waves sink 20,000 small craft and kill 300,000 near Bengal, India
  • 1756-06-20 Siraj ud-Daulah Nawab of Bengal takes Calcutta from the British
  • 1757-06-23 Robert Clive defeats army led by Suraja Dowlaat Plassey, wins control of Bengal
  • 1787-05-10 British Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal
  • 1905-10-16 The Partition of Bengal (India) occurred.
  • 1906-12-30 The All India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India Empire, later laid down the foundations of Pakistan
  • 1930-04-18 Attempted raid on the armoury of police and auxiliary forces in Chittagong in Bengal province, British India by armed pro-independence revolutionaries led by Surya Sen popularly known as Master-da.
  • 1930-04-22 British troops battle pro-independence revolutionaries in the Jalalabad hills near Chittagong in Bengal province, British India leaving 80 troops and 12 revolutionaries dead.
  • 1932-03-01 12 pro-independence revolutionaries captured in and around Chittagong in Bengal province, British India are sentenced to deportation for life, two to three-year prison terms with the remaining 32 being acquitted.
  • 1942-03-12 British troops vacate the Andaman Isalnds in Gulf of Bengal
  • 1942-10-16 Cyclone in Bay of Bengal kills some 40,000 south of Calcutta India
  • 1945-10-09 British troops occupy Andamanen in Gulf of Bengal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947-01-02 Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1954-10-02 Former French possession of Chandernagore made part of West Bengal
  • 1960-10-10 Cyclone hits coast of Gulf of Bengal; about 4000 die
  • 1960-10-31 Cyclone hits coast of Gulf of Bengal; about 10,000 die
  • 1963-05-28 Estimated 22,000 die in another cyclone in Bay of Bengal (India)
  • 1971-09-29 Cyclone & tidal wave off Bay of Bengal kills as many as 10,000
  • 1971-11-21 Battle of Garibpur: Indian troops aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas) defeat the Pakistan army
  • 1989-03-27 Delhi beat Bengal by innings & 210 to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 1990-03-28 Bengal beat Delhi in rained-out cricket Ranji Trophy final on quotient
  • 1993-11-27 India defeat West Indies in Bengal Jubilee Cricket Final, Kumble 6-12
  • 1994-03-30 Bombay beat Bengal by 8 wickets to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 2013-08-18 6 people are killed by a bomb blast on a bus in West Bengal, India

Famous Birthdays

  • 1486-02-18 Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Bengali saint, bhakti yoga developer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1803-04-29 James Brooke, British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), born in Bandel, near Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 1868)

1st White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke
1st White Rajah of Sarawak
James Brooke
  • 1820-09-26 Isvar Chandra Vidyasagar, father of Bengali prose (Exile of Sita)
  • 1836-02-18 Swami Ramakrishna [Gadadhar Chatterji], Hooghly Bengal, Indian mystic/hindu leader (preached unity of religions).
  • 1838-06-17 Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya/Chatterjee, Bengali writer and poet (Vande Mataram)
  • 1838-06-27 Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Bengali novelist (Anandamath)
  • 1853-12-06 Haraprasad Shastri, Indian academic, Sanskrit scholar, archivist and historian of Bengali literature (d. 1931)
  • 1870-11-21 Stanley Jackson, cricketer (captain of England, governor of Bengal)
  • 1878-11-27 Jatindramohan Bagchi, Indian (Bengali) poet (d. 1948).
  • 1882-07-08 Waverley John Anderson, Scottish viscount/governor of Bengal
  • 1894-10-24 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (d. 1987)
  • 1899-03-30 Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, well known Bengali writer (d. 1970)
  • 1899-05-25 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher (d. 1976)
  • 1908-02-26 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (d. 2007)
  • 1924-05-15 Ursula Thiess, Hamburg, actress (Monsoon, Bengal Brigade, Americano)
  • 1926-01-14 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer and activist, born in Dhaka, British India (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1933-11-03 Amartya Sen, Indian economist and Nobel Prize laureate (welfare economics and social choice theory), born in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India

Economist/Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen
Economist/Nobel Laureate
Amartya Sen
  • 1945-03-15 A. K. Faezul Huq, Bengali lawyer and politician (d. 2007)
  • 1961-05-04 Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) Poet
  • 1964-07-13 Utpal Chatterjee, cricketer (Bengal slow left-arm bowler)

Famous Deaths

  • 1873-06-29 Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Bengali poet (b. 1824)
  • 1954-10-22 Jibanananda Das, Bengali poet (b. 1899)
  • 1958-01-04 Waverley John Anderson, Scot, viscount/governor of Bengal, dies at 75
  • 1962-04-27 A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman (b. 1873)
  • 1976-08-29 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher (b. 1899)
  • 1987-07-29 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)
  • 2007-04-05 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (b. 1908)
  • 2008-06-19 Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2010-05-24 Tapen Chatterjee, Bengali actor from India (b. 1937)
  • 2016-07-28 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer and activist, dies at 90