Gujarat in History

Gujarat: Ahmedabad

Today in Indian History

Historical Events

  • 1960-05-01 India's Bombay state split into Gujarat & Maharashtra states
  • 2001-01-26 An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.

Statue of Unity

2018-10-31 World's biggest statue, the Statue of Unity at 182m is unveiled of Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat state


Famous Birthdays

  • 1458-05-25 Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (successfully captured Pavagadh and Junagadh forts in battles), born in Ahmedabad, India (d. 1511)
  • 1869-04-11 Kasturba Gandhi, Wife of Mahatma Gandhi, born in Gujarat, India (d. 1944)

Sardar PatelSardar Patel (1875-1950)

1875-10-31 Indian freedom fighter and statesman, born in Gujarat, India

  • 1910-12-04 Amar Singh, Indian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests, 28 wickets; India's first half-century in Test cricket), born in Rajkot, Gujarat, India (d. 1940)
  • 1916-01-22 Harilal Upadhyay, Gujarati Author, Poet, Astrologist (Gujarat is a State of India) (d. 1994)
  • 1921-12-07 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), born in Chansad, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • 1922-03-04 Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), born in Amreli, Gujarat, India (d. 2002)
  • 1924-11-26 Jasu Patel, Indian cricket spin bowler (7 Tests, 29 wickets, BB 9-69 v Aust 1959; Gujarat), born in Ahmedabad, India (d. 1992)
  • 1925-12-12 Ghulam Guard, Indian cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959), born in Surat, Gujarat (d. 1978)
  • 1926-10-27 Nana Joshi, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (12 tests, 27 dismissals, 1 x 50; Maharashtra CC), born in Baroda, Gujarat, India (d. 1987)
  • 1928-01-01 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philanthropist (Edhi Foundation), born in Bantva, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • 1936-05-25 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), born in Surat, Gujarat, India (d. 2013)
  • 1940-08-20 Rex Sellers, Australian cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests), born in Bulsar, Gujarat, India
  • 1945-05-03 Sadiq Mohammad, Pakistani cricket batsman 41 Tests @ 35.81, 5 x 100; brother of Hanif & Mushtaq Mohammad), born in Junagadh, India

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi (72 years old)

1950-09-17 Indian politician (15th Prime Minister of India), born in Vadnagar, Gujarat

  • 1952-08-01 Yajurvindra Singh, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman late 70's), born in Rajkot, Gujarat
  • 1971-09-06 Devang Gandhi, Indian cricketer, born in Bhavnagar, Gujarat
  • 1983-07-12 Munaf Patel, Indian cricket medium-fast bowler (13 Tests, 35 wickets; 70 ODIs), born in Ikhar, Gujarat, India

Famous Deaths

  • 1511-11-23 Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (successfully captured Pavagadh and Junagadh forts in battles), dies at 66
  • 2002-10-11 Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), dies of a heart attack at 80