Hindu History

Historical Events

  • 1556-11-05 Battle at Panipat: Mogollegers beat hindu leader Hemu
  • 1565-01-25 Battle at Talikota India: the Deccan sultanate destroy Vijayanagar's army and the last Hindu kingdom of Southern India
  • 1900-05-29 25th Preakness: H Spencer aboard Hindus wins in 1:48.4
  • 1913-03-14 South African Supreme Court declares that marriages not celebrated according to Christian rites and/or not registered by the Registrar of Marriages, are invalid; all Muslim and Hindu marriages are therefore declared invalid
  • 1919-04-14 Following Gandhi's nonviolent methods, Muslim and Hindu protest British rule; British troops fire on the crowds, killing 400
  • 1924-07-11 Muslim-Hindu rebellion in Delhi, India
  • 1926-04-02 Riots between Muslims & Hindus in Calcutta
  • 1939-04-13 In India the Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) is formed and vows to engage in armed struggle against the British.
  • 1946-01-14 2 jetties collapse in Ganges-160 Hindu pilgrims are crushed
  • 1946-08-16 Direct Action Day: Widespread riots erupt in Calcutta between Muslims and Hindus over whether Pakistan should be a separate state, killing over 4,000 and leaving 100,000 homeless
  • 1947-09-07 Battles between Hindus & Muslims in New Delhi, India
  • 1955-05-05 Indian parliament accept Hindu divorce
  • 1962-12-16 Nepal gets constitution/becomes Constitutional Hindu Monarchy
  • 1964-01-10 Battles between moslems & hindus in Calcutta
  • 1964-01-13 Hindu-Muslim rioting breaks out in the Indian city of Calcutta - now Kolkata - resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people.
  • 1977-01-19 World's largest crowd gathering - the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people
  • 1983-02-22 Hindus kill 3000 Muslims in Assam, India
  • 1986-03-28 Extremist Sikhs kill 13 hindus in Ludhiana India
  • 1986-07-25 Sikhs extremist kill 16 hindus in Muhktsar India

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1987-09-16 Pope John Paul II's ends his Los Angeles tour with an interfaith meeting at Dodger Stadium with leaders of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1990-12-10 Hindu-Muslim rebellion in Hyderabad-Aligargh India, 140 die
  • 1992-12-06 300,000 hindus destroy mosque of Babri India, 4 die
  • 1995-09-21 The Hindu milk miracle occurs, in which statues of the Hindu God Ganesh began drinking milk when spoonfuls were placed near their mouths.
  • 1999-01-22 Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.
  • 2002-02-27 Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya
  • 2002-05-02 Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala.
  • 2014-05-17 The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India

Famous Birthdays

  • 1772-05-22 Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer (d. 1833)
  • 1824-02-12 Arya Samaj Maha Rishi Dayanand Sarsvati, Indian hindu leader
  • 1836-02-18 Swami Ramakrishna [Gadadhar Chatterji], Hooghly Bengal, Indian mystic/hindu leader (preached unity of religions).

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1861-05-06 Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher/poet/writer (Nobel 1913), born in Calcutta (d. 1941)

  • 1861-12-25 Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian founder of Banaras Hindu University (d. 1946)
  • 1863-01-12 Swami Vivekananda, Indian Hindu spiritual leader and a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world, born in Kolkata, India (d. 1902)
  • 1879-12-30 Sri Ramana Maharshi, Hindu philosopher/yogi (Maharshi Research Inst)
  • 1894-05-20 Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, Jivanmukta (d. 1994)
  • 1914-01-31 Sri Daya Mata, Hindu religious figure
  • 1934-04-07 Swami Shantananda, Hindu Saint, Philosopher, Disciple of Swami Sivananda, Founder of Temple of Fine Arts
  • 1935-07-18 Jayendra Saraswathi, Hindu religious leader

Famous Deaths

  • 1902-07-04 Swami Vivekananda, Indian Hindu spiritual leader and a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world, dies while meditating at 39
  • 1920-08-01 Bal Gangadhar Tilak, British-Indian hindu leader, dies


1948-01-30 Mahatma Gandhi, India's political and spiritual leader, assassinated in New Delhi by Hindu extremists

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1994-06-09 Dhirendra Bhramachari, [Flying Swami], hindu leader, dies at 70
  • 1994-08-25 Ramdas Nayak, Indies hindu leader/politician, murdered at about 52