The History of Goa

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Historical Events

Victory in Battle

1510-02-17 Portuguese admiral Afonso de Albuquerque first conquers the city of Goa, entering it with little conflict

  • 1510-05-30 Portuguese forces under Afonso de Albuquerque abandon Goa after its former ruler Yusuf Adil Shah, the Muslim King of Bijapur reconquers the city
  • 1510-12-10 Muslim ruler of Goa, Yusuf Adil Shah and his Ottoman allies surrender to Portuguese forces led by Afonso de Albuquerque who puts the Muslim population to the sword
  • 1542-05-06 Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, then capital of Portuguese India
  • 1874-07-23 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos is appointed the Archbishop of the Portuguese colonial enclave of Goa
  • 1946-06-18 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, a Socialist calls for a Direct Action Day against the Portuguese in Goa. A road is named after this date in Panjim
  • 1961-12-17 India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies
  • 1961-12-18 India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu
  • 1996-10-28 Goa upset Karnataka to win their 1st Ranji Cricket Trophy game ever
  • 2014-01-04 14 people are killed after a three-story building construction site collapses in Goa, India

Famous Birthdays

  • 1651-04-21 Joseph Vaz, Oratorian priest and missionary in Ceylon, born in Benaulim, Goa, Portuguese India (d. 1711)
  • 1837-09-18 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos, Portuguese Roman Catholic Archbishop of Goa, born in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal (d. 1880)

Famous Deaths

Afonso de Albuquerque

1515-12-15 Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese admiral, Duke of Goa and Viceroy of Portuguese India, dies at sea in sight of Goa at around 62

  • 1616-12-10 Diogo do Couto, Portuguese historian/archivist of Goa, dies at 74
  • 1666-06-15 Pieter de Bitter, Dutch admiral (Colombo, Goa), dies
  • 1880-11-28 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos, Portuguese Roman Catholic Archbishop of Goa, dies at 43
  • 1996-07-17 Amancio D'Silva, Goan-Indian jazz guitarist and composer, dies at 60