Assam in History

Today in Indian History

Historical Events

  • 1861-07-31 9,300 mm rainfall in July in Cherrapunji, Assam: then world record
  • 1861-12-31 22,990mm of rain falls in Cherrapunji Assam in India in 1861, a world record
  • 1897-06-12 Possibly the most severe quake in history strikes Assam, India, Shock waves felt over an area size of Europe (low mortality rate given size of earthquake, 1,500 casualties).
  • 1944-06-22 British 14th Army frees Imphal, Assam from the Japanese
  • 1970-04-02 Meghalaya becomes autonomous state within India's Assam state
  • 1972-01-21 Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
  • 1983-02-22 Hindus kill 3000 Muslims in Assam, India
  • 1995-02-25 Bomb attack on train in Assam India (27 soldiers killed)
  • 2018-06-08 WhatsApp rumours of child kidnappers in India prompt two men to be beaten to death by a mob in Karbi Angong district, Assam
  • 2018-07-30 Four million people excluded from Assam National Register of Citizens in India prompts fears of deportation, loss of citizenship
  • 2019-08-31 India removes citizenship status from 1.9 million people in state of Assam, leaving them off its new National Register of Citizens

Famous Birthdays

  • 1903-01-17 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • 1934-10-03 Hiteswar Saikia, Indian politician and Chief Minister of Assam (1983-85, 1991-96), born in Nazira, Assam, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1940-09-25 Timothy Severin, British author and explorer, born in Assam, British India
  • 1949-12-18 Joni Flynn, Indian actress (Octopussy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), born in Assam, India

Famous Deaths

  • 1980-02-14 Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • 1996-04-22 Hiteswar Saikia, Indian politician & Chief Minister of Assam (1983-85, 1991-96), dies at 61
  • 2011-11-05 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam (b. 1926)