Sri Lankan History

Historical Events

  • 1781-11-13 British troops occupy Negapatam, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
  • 1815-03-02 Signing of Kandyan treaty by British invaders and Sri Lankan King.
  • 1835-10-09 The Royal College, Colombo, established with the name Hillstreet Academy in Sri Lanka
  • 1886-11-01 Ananda College, a leading Buddhist school in Sri Lanka was established with 37 students.
  • 1948-02-04 Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
  • 1956-04-05 In Sri Lanka, the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna win the general elections in a landslide and S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike is sworn in as the Prime Minister.
  • 1960-07-21 In Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) Sirima Bandaranaike is world's 1st woman PM
  • 1965-03-22 D Senanayake wins general elections in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
  • 1966-04-06 Mihir Sen swims Palk Strait between Sri Lanka & India
  • 1971-04-05 In Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna launches insurrection against the United Front government of Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
  • 1972-05-22 Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
  • 1974-12-04 Dutch DC-8 charter crashes in Sri Lanka killing 191 Muslim pilgrims
  • 1975-06-07 Sri Lanka's 1st one-day international, v WI Cricket World Cup
  • 1977-07-21 Sri Lanka premier Bandaranaike loses election
  • 1978-08-31 Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
  • 1978-11-15 183 die as Icelandic Airlines DC-8 crashes in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1979-05-02 -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1979-05-10 Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) completes nonstop cycle ride of 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka [From May 2]
  • 1979-06-04 Sri Lanka forfeit ICC Trophy game vs Israel for political reasons
  • 1979-06-18 Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset
  • 1979-06-21 Sri Lanka beat Canada by 60 runs to win the 1st ICC Trophy
  • 1982-02-17 Commencement of Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket match, v England
  • 1982-03-14 Sidath Wettimuny scores Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket century
  • 1982-03-27 Imran takes 14-116 for cricket match v Sri Lanka at Lahore
  • 1982-09-22 Duleep Mendis completes twin cricket tons for Sri Lanka v India
  • 1982-10-20 Sri Lanka President Jayewardene re-elected
  • 1983-04-22 Start of 1st Sri Lanka-Australia Test Cricket match (at Kandy)
  • 1983-04-23 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* v Sri Lanka
  • 1985-09-11 Sri Lanka score their 1st Test Cricket victory, by 149 runs v India
  • 1985-10-28 Ravi Ratnayeke takes 8-83 for Sri Lanka v Pakistan
  • 1986-12-03 Sri Lanka all out 55 v WI in one-dayer Walsh 5-1 in 4 3 overs
  • 1986-12-22 India score 7-676 v Sri Lanka at Kanpur in Cricket
  • 1987-04-19 Brendon Kuruppu scores 201* on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka v NZ)
  • 1987-04-20 Sri Lanka: Tamils shoot 122 Singalezen dead

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-04-21 Richard Hadlee makes highest Test Cricket score of 151* (v Sri Lanka)

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1987-04-21 Tamil bomb attack in Colombo Sri Lanka, 115 killed
  • 1987-04-22 Sri Lanka Air Force bomb Tamil, 100s killed
  • 1987-05-26 Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka
  • 1987-10-13 West Indies score 4-360 in 50 overs in Cricket World Cup v Sri Lanka
  • 1988-12-20 Premier Ranasinghe Premadasa elected President of Sri Lanka
  • 1990-03-24 Indian troops leave Sri Lanka
  • 1990-08-10 The Massacre of more than 127 Muslims in North East Sri Lanka by paramilitaries.
  • 1990-11-25 India bowl the Sri Lankan cricket team out for 82; Venkatapathy Raju (I) takes 6-12 off 17.5 overs

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1991-02-04 Batsmen Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand for New Zealand v Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • 1991-02-25 Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons v Sri Lanka (122 & 100*)
  • 1991-08-30 Tamil Tigers capture Sri Lanka poet Selvi
  • 1991-12-25 Last day of a washout Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Gujranwala
  • 1992-02-23 Andy Flower scores 115* on ODI debut, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka
  • 1992-02-23 World Cup scoreline Zimbabwe 4-312, Sri Lanka 7-313
  • 1992-04-10 25 die in a bus bombing in Sri Lanka
  • 1992-08-19 Sri Lanka make their highest cricket score ever 8-547 v Australia
  • 1992-08-22 Matthews & Warne spin Australia to a famous win v Sri Lanka
  • 1992-12-09 Sri Lanka's third-ever Test Cricket victory (v NZ by 9 wkts)
  • 1993-03-18 Sri Lanka beat England in Test match by 5 wickets
  • 1993-05-01 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
  • 1994-08-16 Chandrika Kumaratungo's party wins Sri Lanka elections
  • 1994-10-24 Bomb attack on opposition in Sri Lanka, 55+ killed
  • 1994-11-09 Chandrika Kumaratunga chosen 1st female president of Sri Lanka
  • 1995-04-14 India beats Sri Lanka to win the Asia Cricket Cup final in Sharjah
  • 1995-04-28 Sri Lankaan BAE748 crashes at Palaly, 52 die
  • 1995-09-26 Sri Lanka complete 2-1 Test Cricket series win in Pakistan from 0-1
  • 1995-09-29 Saleem Elahi scores century on ODI debut, Pakistan v Sri Lanka
  • 1995-10-16 Brian Lara scores 169 in Sharjah ODI versus Sri Lanka
  • 1995-10-16 ODI in Sharjah WI 7-333 in 50 overs beat Sri Lanka 329 all out
  • 1995-10-20 Sri Lanka beat West Indies to win Sharjah Champions Trophy final
  • 1995-12-05 The Sri Lankan government announces the conquest of Tamil stronghold of Jaffna.
  • 1995-12-10 Michael Slater scores 219 v Sri Lanka at the WACA
  • 1995-12-10 Ricky Ponting makes 96 on Test Cricket debut (Aust v Sri Lanka, WACA)
  • 1996-01-20 Australia defeat Sri Lanka 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1996-01-31 50 people die and many more injured in a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil Tigers
  • 1996-03-06 Aravinda De Silva smashes 145 v Kenya in cricket World Cup at Kandy Sri Lanka score 5-398 in 50 overs in World Cup v Kenya
  • 1996-03-13 Sri Lanka beat India in World Cup semi as riots stop play
  • 1996-03-17 Sri Lanka beat Australia by 7 wickets to win the World Cup
  • 1996-04-02 Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out, Singapore Jayasuriya hits ton in 48 balls, world ODI record at Singapore
  • 1996-04-07 Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
  • 1996-09-08 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo
  • 1996-09-28 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team & Sri Lanka
  • 1996-10-04 Shahid Afridi scores century in 37 balls for Pakistan v Sri Lanka
  • 1998-01-25 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others.
  • 2004-12-26 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people
  • 2005-08-12 Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) sniper at his home.
  • 2006-11-10 Sri Lankan Tamil Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj assassinated in Colombo.
  • 2009-03-03 The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan.
  • 2009-05-18 Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
  • 2009-05-19 Sri Lanka announces victory in its 27 year war against the terrorist organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
  • 2011-11-25 Sudden violent storms strike southern Sri Lanka, killing 27 people and drowning many fishermen caught by surprise. Thousands of homes lose their roofs and several more sustain damage. Landslides along with flooding was reported on the mainland.
  • 2012-11-10 27 people are killed and dozens injured in a prison conflict in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2013-04-04 Poecilotheria rajaei, a giant tarantula with a 20cm leg span, is discovered in Sri Lanka
  • 2014-11-13 Rohit Sharma of India sets a new record of 264 runs against Sri Lanka in an ODI innings in cricket
  • 2016-01-04 Colombo's Gemology Institute certifies world's largest ever blue star sapphire at 1404.49 carats, found in a Sri Lankan mine in August 2015

Famous Birthdays

  • 1736-03-23 Iman Willem Falck, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka (d. 1785)
  • 1887-05-09 Sir Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan Philanthropist (d. 1957)
  • 1901-04-17 George Keyt, Sri Lankan painter, born in Ceylon (d. 1993)
  • 1906-09-17 Junius Richard Jayawardene, president (Sri Lanka, 1978-89)
  • 1916-04-17 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, world's 1st woman PM (Sri Lanka, 1960..77)
  • 1924-06-24 Ranasinghe Premadasa, president of Sri Lanka (1989-93)
  • 1927-09-11 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan broadcaster (d. 2002)
  • 1932-04-12 Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (d. 2005)
  • 1941-05-15 Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)
  • 1942-06-11 Somachandra De Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan leg-spinner 1982-84)
  • 1943-09-12 Michael Ondaatje, Sri Lankan-born writer
  • 1944-02-22 Ranjit Fernando, Sri Lankan cricket wicketkeeper (1975 World Cup)
  • 1945-06-26 David Heyn, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman 1975 World Cup)
  • 1945-06-29 Chandrika Kumaratunga, first female President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005)
  • 1946-10-29 Anura Tennekoon, cricketer (Sri Lankan World Cup captain 1975-79)
  • 1948-02-04 Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • 1948-05-11 Nirj Deva, Sri Lankan-British politician
  • 1949-02-07 Sunil Wettimuny, cricket (Sri Lanka open batsman 1975-79 World Cups)
  • 1949-05-25 Lalith Kaluperuma, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1982)
  • 1951-07-11 Sridharan Jeganathan, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • 1952-08-16 Mahes Goonatillake, cricketer (Sri Lankan keeper in their 1st 5 Tests)
  • 1952-08-25 Duleep Mendis, cricketer (big-hitting Sri Lankan batsman of 80's)
  • 1952-10-18 Roy Dias, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test batsman)
  • 1952-10-28 Flavian Aponso, cricketer (rebel Sri Lankan 1982, Neth World Cup 1996)
  • 1952-12-12 Ajit De Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan lefty spinner in four Tests 1982)
  • 1953-03-01 Bandula Warnapura, cricketer (1st Sri Lanka Test captain)
  • 1954-02-02 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • 1954-03-08 David Wilkie, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1976), is born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to Scottish parents
  • 1954-03-16 Dav Whatmore, cricketer (Colombo Aust bat 1979, Sri Lanka coach 1995-)
  • 1954-11-26 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan militant leader
  • 1955-12-19 Susil Fernando, cricketer (5 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983)
  • 1956-03-28 Asoka De Silva, cricket leg-spinner (Sri Lanka in 10 Tests 1985-91)
  • 1956-08-12 Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lanka cricket opener (190 v England Lords 1984)
  • 1956-10-13 Anura Ranasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman in 3 Tests 1982)
  • 1957-06-23 David Houghton, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 266 v Sri Lanka 1994)
  • 1957-11-08 Yohan Gunasekera, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983)
  • 1957-12-07 Rohan Jayasekera, cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982)
  • 1959-02-15 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • 1959-04-22 Ranjan Madugalle, cricketer (pioneer of Sri Lanka's Test teams)
  • 1959-05-09 Asantha De Mel, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test opening bowler)
  • 1960-02-18 Roger Wijesuriya, cricketer (bowling avg 294 in 4 Tests for Sri Lanka)
  • 1960-05-02 Ravi Ratnayeke, cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler & opening batsman)
  • 1960-05-27 Vinodhan John, cricket pace bowler (Sri Lankan in 6 Tests 1983-84)
  • 1960-11-23 Jayananda Warnaweera, cricketer (Sri Lankan fastish off-spin bowler)
  • 1960-12-12 Amal Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88)
  • 1961-01-30 Ranjit Madurasinghe, cricketer (3 Tests for Sri Lanka 1988-92)
  • 1961-08-05 Athula Samarasekera, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman)
  • 1961-10-22 Sanath Kaluperuma, cricketer (four Tests for Sri Lanka 1984-88)
  • 1962-01-05 Brendon Kuruppu, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman, 201* debut v NZ 1987)
  • 1962-08-11 Uvais Karnain, cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI bowler in mid 1980's)
  • 1962-10-12 Dhammika Ranatunga, cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan batsman 1990)
  • 1962-11-29 Sadanand Viswanath, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (v Sri Lanka 1985-86)
  • 1962-12-19 Charith Senanayake, cricketer (played for Sri Lanka v NZ 1991)
  • 1963-12-01 Arjuna Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman since 1982)
  • 1963-12-03 Ashley De Silva, Sri Lankan Cricket wicketkeeper (1993)
  • 1964-01-02 Rumesh Ratnayake, cricketer (Sri Lankan pacer in 23 Tests 1983-92)
  • 1964-06-07 Graeme Labrooy, cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler in 9 Tests 1986-91)
  • 1964-11-01 Kosala Kuruppuarachchi, cricketer (bowls 2 Tests for Sri Lanka 86-87)
  • 1964-11-23 Kapila Wijegunewardene, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • 1965-01-08 Champaka Ramanayake, cricketer (Sri Lankan opening bowler)
  • 1965-04-07 Kaushik Amalean, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1986-88)
  • 1965-10-17 Pinnaduwage Aravinda De Silva, cricket (Sri Lanka's greatest batsman)
  • 1965-12-27 Gamini Wickremasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lanka wicket-keeper)
  • 1966-01-22 Nishantha Ranatunga, cricket (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan ODI allrounder)
  • 1966-02-25 Don Anurasiri, cricketer (Sri Lankan slow left-armer)
  • 1966-05-31 Roshan Mahanama, cricketer (Sri Lankan opening batsman)
  • 1967-06-25 Roshan Jurangpathy, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka 1985-86)
  • 1967-07-14 Hashan Tillekeratne, cricketer (Sri Lanka wicket-keeper/batsman)
  • 1968-03-01 Sanjeeva Weerasinghe, cricketer (Test for Sri Lanka v India at 17)
  • 1969-02-02 Ijaz Ahmed Jr, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka 1995)
  • 1969-04-25 Sanjeeva Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman 1994- )
  • 1969-06-30 Sanath Jayasuriya, cricketer (Sri Lankan open bat MVP-1996 World Cup)
  • 1970-02-19 Ruwan Kalpage, cricket off-spinner (Sri Lankan)
  • 1970-07-11 Pubudu Dissanayake, Sri Lanka cricket wicket-keeper (1993)
  • 1970-10-19 Chamara Dunusinghe, cricket wicketkeeper (Sri Lanka 1995)
  • 1970-11-22 Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lankan cricketeer
  • 1971-02-16 Shivanthini Dharmasiri, Miss Universe-Sri Lanka (1996)
  • 1971-04-24 Kumara Dharmasena, cricketer (Sri Lankan off-spinner)
  • 1971-08-06 Piyal Wijetunge, cricketer (Sri Lanka slow left-armer 1993)
  • 1971-08-14 Pramodaya Wickremasinhghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • 1971-12-10 Manjula Munasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI pace bowler)
  • 1972-02-12 Dulip Samaraweera, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test opening batsman 1993-)
  • 1972-04-17 Muttiah Muralitharan, cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner)
  • 1972-06-06 Dulip Liyanage, cricketer (Sri Lanka righty fast-medium Test bowler)
  • 1972-11-22 Mavan Atapattu, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman)
  • 1973-06-02 Jayantha Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test left-arm spinner 1995)
  • 1975-01-27 Chaminda Vaas, brilliant Sri Lankan cricket pace bowler (1994- )
  • 1975-07-21 Ravindra Pushpakumara, Sri Lankan cricketer (Test pace bowler)
  • 1977-05-27 Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1977-10-27 Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1978-05-13 Dilshan Vitharana, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1979-07-19 Dilhara Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1979-08-10 Dinusha Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1980-11-25 Kushan Liyanarachchi, Sri Lankan, prominent Live Buddhism Practitioner
  • 1982-07-22 Nuwan Kulasekara, Sri lankan cricketer
  • 1983-08-28 Lasith Malinga, Sri Lankan cricketer

Famous Deaths

  • 1980-04-12 Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • 1993-01-16 Sathasivam Krishnakumar, Sri Lanka commander, commits suicide
  • 1993-02-08 N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lankan communist leader
  • 1993-04-23 Lalith Athulathmudali, Sri Lankan minister, murdered at 59
  • 1993-05-01 Ranasinghe Premadasa, pres (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68
  • 1993-07-31 George Keyt, Sri Lankan painter, dies at 92
  • 1994-10-24 Gamini Dissanayake, Sri Lankain presidential candidate, murdered
  • 1995-04-20 Sunil Jayasinghe, Sri Lankan wicketkeeper (1979 World Cup), suicide
  • 1996-05-14 Sritharan Jeganathan, cricketer, 1st Sri Lankan Test player to die
  • 1996-11-01 Junius Richard Jayawardene, PM of Sri Lanka (1977-78), dies at 90
  • 1997-05-04 Vijayananda Dahanayake, PM of Sri Lanka (1959-60), dies
  • 2000-10-10 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (b. 1916)
  • 2004-09-30 Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor (b. 1936)
  • 2005-04-28 Taraki Sivaram, Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka (b. 1959)
  • 2006-11-10 Nadarajah Raviraj, Sri Lankan politician (b. 1962)
  • 2009-05-18 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)
  • 2011-05-26 Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)