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Historic Event

1661-07-03 Portugal gives Tangier and Bombay to English King Charles II

  • 1668-03-26 England takes control of Bombay, India
  • 1668-03-27 English king Charles II gives Bombay to East India Company
  • 1690-06-08 Siddi general Yadi Sakat, razes the Mazagon Fort in Mumbai
  • 1803-02-27 Great fire in Bombay, India
  • 1838-11-03 The Times of India, world's largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce
  • 1841-04-26 "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
  • 1853-04-16 1st passenger railway opens in India, from Bori Bunder (Bombay) to Thane (34 km)
  • 1874-05-09 The first horse-drawn bus makes its d├ębut in the city of Mumbai, plying two routes
  • 1882-06-05 Storm & floods hits Bombay; about 100,000 die
  • 1882-06-06 Cyclone in Arabian Sea (Bombay, India) drowns 100,000 (disputed event)
  • 1899-09-17 1st British troops leave Bombay for South Africa
  • 1911-03-25 L. D. Swamikannu publishes "Manual of Indian Chronology" in Bombay
  • 1933-12-17 B H Valentine scores 133 on Test Cricket debut, Eng v India at Bombay

Historic Event

1939-03-03 Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in Mumbai (Bombay) to protest against autocratic rule in India

  • 1942-08-09 Mahatma Gandhi and 50 others arrested in Bombay after passing of a "quit India" motion and campaign by the All-India Congress
  • 1944-04-14 Freighter "Fort Stikene" explodes in Bombay India, killing 1,376
  • 1947-08-07 The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST)
  • 1949-07-12 Dutch KLM Constellation crashes near Bombay, 45 die
  • 1958-11-28 Test Cricket debut for Wes Hall, v India at Bombay
  • 1960-05-01 India's Bombay state split into Gujarat & Maharashtra states
  • 1966-12-13 Test debut of Clive Lloyd, v India Bombay, 82 & 78
  • 1978-01-01 Air India B747 explodes near Bombay killing 213

Sports History

1978-12-02 Sunil Gavaskar scores his second double century (205) in Test cricket (as well as 73 on the final day) to guide India to a draw against the West Indies in the 1st Test in Bombay

  • 1980-02-19 Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
  • 1980-03-26 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
  • 1980-04-16 Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final
  • 1981-03-24 Bombay beat Delhi by innings & 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy
  • 1983-03-15 Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
  • 1983-11-24 Test Cricket debut of Richie Richardson for the West Indies vs India in Bombay
  • 1984-04-03 Bombay beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • 1985-04-06 Bombay beat Delhi by 90 runs to win the Ranji Trophy final

Sports History

1986-10-19 Allan Border scores the 1,000,000th run in all test cricket (vs India in Bombay)

  • 1987-12-11 Test debut of Carl Hooper, WI v India at Bombay
  • 1991-05-07 Haryana beat Bombay in the Ranji Cricket Trophy final by 2 runs
  • 1993-02-22 Vinod Kambli scores 224 v England at Bombay, 411 balls, 23 fours
  • 1993-03-12 317 killed by bomb attacks in Bombay
  • 1994-03-30 Bombay beat Bengal by 8 wickets to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 1995-03-31 Ranji Trophy Cricket Final, Wankhede Stadium, Bombay: Bombay (Sanjay Manjrekar 224 in 6/690) beats Punjab (Vikram Rathour 177 in 372) on 1st innings
  • 1996-11-07 Wasim Jaffer gets 314* in 2nd cricket FC game for Mumbai v Saurashtra
  • 2005-07-26 Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days
  • 2006-07-11 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India
  • 2008-06-01 IPL Cricket Final, DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals win inaugural event; beat Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets; Yusuf Pathan top scores with 56 (39)
  • 2008-11-26 Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India: Ten coordinated attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists kill 164 and injure more than 250 people in Mumbai, India.

Indian Premier League

2010-04-25 IPL Cricket Final, DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 22 runs; Suresh Raina 57 no (35)

Sports History

2011-04-02 Cricket World Cup, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: India beats Sri Lanka by 6 wickets; first country to win on home soil; MS Dhoni Man of the Match, Yuvraj Singh, Player of Series

  • 2011-07-13 Mumbai is rocked by three bomb blasts during the evening rush hour, killing 26 and injuring 130
  • 2013-02-17 Jess Cameron with 75 and Elise Perry 3-27 lead Australia to 114 run win over West Indies in the Women's Cricket World Cup Final in Bombay, India
  • 2013-05-26 Indian Premier League T20 Cricket Final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs; Kieron Pollard 60 no (32)
  • 2013-09-27 60 people are killed after a building collapses in Mumbai, India
  • 2013-11-11 4 people are killed and 8 are injured after a building catches fire in Mumbai, India
  • 2013-11-16 Sachin Tendulkar plays his very last cricket match before retiring in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium against the West Indies
  • 2015-05-24 IPL Cricket Final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs; Lendl Simmons top scores, 68 (45)
  • 2015-06-21 94 people die & 45 are hospitalized after drinking moonshine in Mumbai, India
  • 2016-01-05 First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out
  • 2017-05-21 IPL Cricket Final, Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run; Krunal Pandya 47 (38)
  • 2017-08-29 Monsoon rains in Mumbai cause chaos closing schools and airports
  • 2018-03-12 Tens of thousands of farmers from Indian state Maharashtra end protests over loan waivers, prices and land rights after promises from state officials and walking 167km to Mumbai
  • 2018-05-27 IPL Cricket Final, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets; Shane Watson top scores, 117 no (57); SK's 3rd IPL title

Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas

2018-08-18 Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas confirm their engagement with an engagement party in Mumbai, India

  • 2019-05-12 IPL Cricket Final, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 1 run; Jasprit Bumrah 2/14 (4); Indians' 4th title
  • 2019-07-03 Heavy monsoon rains strike Mumbai and surrounding Maharashtra state in India killing at least 43, worst flooding in a decade

Sports History

2019-10-11 Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli scores career-best 254 not out to move past 7,000 Test runs on day 2 of the 2nd Test against South Africa in Mumbai; India wins by an innings and 137 runs


Famous Birthdays

  • 1823-06-30 Dinshaw Maneckji Petit, Parsi entrepreneur and founder of the first textile mills in India, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1901)
  • 1825-09-04 Dadabhai Naoroji, 1st Indian in British parliament, born in Mumbai, India (d. 1917)

Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

1865-12-30 English author (Jungle Book, Gunga Din-Nobel 1907), born in Bombay, British India

  • 1866-05-09 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian social reformer and leader of Indian Independence Movement, born in Kotluk, Dist. Ratnagiri, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1915)
  • 1872-04-14 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, British-Indian Islamic scholar and translator (translated Qu'ran into English), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1953)

Mohammed Ali JinnahMohammed Ali Jinnah (1876-1948)

1876-12-25 Founder of Pakistan who led the All-India Muslim League (1913-47) until he achieved his dream of Pakistan and became its 1st Governor-General (1947-48), born in Karachi, Bombay Presidency, British India

  • 1882-07-05 Inayat Khan, Indian singer, musicologist, and philosopher (founder of Sufi Order - London, 1914), born in Vadodra, Bombay State, British India (d. 1927)

Fatima JinnahFatima Jinnah (1893-1967)

1893-07-30 Mother of Pakistan, sister and close adviser of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, born in Karachi, Bombay Presidency, British India

  • 1909-01-01 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests), born in Bombay, India (d. 1949)
  • 1909-10-30 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian nuclear physicist, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1966)
  • 1910-12-17 Keki Tarapore, Indian cricketer (0-72 in his only Test for India), born in Bombay, India (d. 1986)
  • 1911-08-09 Khershed Meherhomji, Indian cricketer (Indian wicket-keeper 1936), born in Bombay, India (d. 1982)
  • 1911-10-12 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricket batsman (10 Tests, 3 x 100, HS 154; Bombay CC), born in Bombay, India (d. 1987)
  • 1917-04-12 Vinoo Mankad, Indian cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time), born in Jamnagar, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1978)
  • 1917-06-27 K. M. Rangnekar, Indian cricketer (batted in 3 Tests India v Australia 1947-48), born in Bombay, India (d. 1984)
  • 1919-11-08 P. L. Deshpande, Indian Marathi writer, born in Mumbai, India (d. 2000)
  • 1921-01-09 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright, born in Mumbai, India (d. 2006)
  • 1924-11-11 Rusi Modi, Indian cricketer (strong Indian batsman in post-War years), born in Bombay, India (d. 1996)
  • 1929-04-24 Shammi [Nargis Rabadi], Indian actress (Half Ticket, Dekh Bhai Dekh), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2018)
  • 1929-12-11 Subhash "Fergie" Gupte, Indian cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2002)
  • 1930-09-08 Jeannette Altwegg, English figure skater (Olympic gold 1952), born in Bombay, India
  • 1931-08-04 Narendra Tamhane, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1950's), born in Bombay, India
  • 1931-09-26 Vijay Manjrekar, Indian cricketer (father of Sanjay, reliable Indian batsman), born in Bombay, India (d. 1983)
  • 1931-10-21 Shammi Kapoor, Indian actor and director known as the "Elvis Presley of India" (Amaran, Brahmachari, Vidhaata), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2011)
  • 1932-04-04 Bapu Nadkarni, Indian cricket all-rounder (41 Tests, top score 122; 88 wickets), born in Nashik, India (d. 2020)
  • 1932-04-10 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, born in Bombay (d. 2017)
  • 1932-08-01 Meena Kumari, Indian film actress (Parineeta), born in Dadar, Mumbai, India (d. 1972)
  • 1932-09-29 Mehmood [Ali], Indian actor, singer, director and producer (Do Phoo!, Vardaan), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2004)
  • 1932-10-05 Madhav Apte, Indian cricketer (bro of Arvind 7 Tests for India, 1 century), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1934-08-30 Baloo Gupte, Indian cricketer (brother of Fergie, Indian leggie), born in Bombay, India
  • 1934-10-24 Arvind Apte, Indian cricketer (brother of Madhav Scored 8 & 7 in one Test), born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India (d. 2014)
  • 1935-11-02 Mohammad Munaf, Pakistan cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2020)
  • 1936-02-26 Manmohan Desai, Indian filmmaker (Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhaag), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1994)
  • 1936-04-29 Zubin Mehta, Indian conductor (Israel Philharmonic, 1977-2019; NY Philharmonic, 1978-91), born in 84) Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • 1936-06-04 Nutan Bahl, Indian actress (Seema, Bandini), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1991)
  • 1936-09-25 Juliet Prowse, South African-American actress and dancer (Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1996)
  • 1936-12-25 Ismail Merchant, film producer (Merchant Ivory - Remains of the Day), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1938-07-09 Sanjeev Kumar [Harihar Jariwala], Indian Bollywood actor (Angoor, Dastak, Koshish), born in Surat, Bombay Presidency (d. 1985)
  • 1940-12-12 Sharad Pawar, Indian politician (founded Nationalist Congress Party in 1999), born in Baramati, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • 1941-04-01 Ajit Wadekar, Indian cricket batsman and captain (37 Tests; top score 143; Bombay), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2018)
  • 1941-06-30 John Jameson, English cricketer (England batsman, 465 p/ship with Kanhai), born in Bombay, British India

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi (1944-1991)

1944-08-20 Prime Minister of India (1984-89), born in Bombay, British India

  • 1944-12-24 Oswald Gracias, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bombay, born in Bombay Presidency
  • 1945-02-21 Sudhir Naik, Indian cricketer (Indian Test batsman in 2 Tests 1974), born in Bombay, India
  • 1946-10-12 Ashok Mankad, Indian cricketer (son of Vinoo, batted for India 1969-78), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2008)
  • 1946-10-31 Ramnath Parkar, Indian cricket batsman (Indian in 2 Tests v England 1972-73), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1999)

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie (75 years old)

1947-06-19 British-Indian novelist (Midnight's Children, Satanic Verses), born in Mumbai, India

  • 1948-10-02 Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek, Megaforce), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1998)

Sunil GavaskarSunil Gavaskar (73 years old)

1949-07-10 Indian Cricket Batsman and captain (125 Tests, 10,122 runs @ 51.12; 34 x 100, HS 236no; Bombay CA, Somerset CCC), born in Bombay, India

  • 1950-05-30 Paresh Rawal, Indian Bollywood actor (Woh Chokri, Woh Chokri), born in Bombay, India
  • 1951-01-01 Nana Patekar, Indian Bollywood actor, writer, philanthropist and filmmaker (Parinda, Angaar), born in Murud-Janjira, Bombay State
  • 1952-06-05 Mukesh Bhatt, Indian film producer (Vishesh Films), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1952-09-04 Rishi Kapoor, Indian Bollywood actor and director (Bobby, Do Dooni Chaar), born in Bombay State, India (d. 2020)
  • 1954-03-12 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1954-03-19 Indu Shahani, Indian educationist and Sheriff of Mumbai
  • 1956-08-03 Balwinder Sandhu, Indian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests; 22 ODIs), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1956-08-18 Sandeep Patil, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman Great 174 v Adelaide 1981), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1957-01-07 Reena Roy, Hindi Bollywood actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1959-06-04 Anil Ambani, Indian businessman (Reliance Group), born in Bombay, Maharashtra State, India
  • 1959-12-24 Anil Kapoor, Indian producer and actor (Slumdog Millionaire, Taal, Maulana Jutt, Tezaab, Beta), born in Bombay, India
  • 1961-01-07 Supriya Pathak, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1961-02-21 Abhijit Banerjee, American economist, 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1961-04-25 Dinesh D'Souza, Indian-American author (2016: Obama's America), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1962-02-07 Alan Sippy, cricketer (dashing Bombay lefty batsman of 1980's)
  • 1962-05-27 Ravi Shastri, Indian cricketer, all-rounder (1981-92), commentator and coach of India (2017-), born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India
  • 1962-09-25 Rajiv Kulkarni, Indian cricketer (Indian Test pace bowler 1986-87), born in Bombay, India
  • 1963-02-24 Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Indian Bollywood director (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas), born in Mumbai, India

Aamir KhanAamir Khan (57 years old)

1965-03-14 Indian Bollywood actor, director and talk show host (3 Idiots, Lagaan, PK), born in Mumbai, India

  • 1966-05-03 Firdous Bamji, Indian-American actor (The War Within), born in Bombay, India
  • 1966-08-28 Priya Dutt, Indian social worker and politician, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1966-09-24 Atul Bedade, Indian cricketer (ODI batsman), born in Bombay, India
  • 1968-04-19 Arshad Warsi, Indian film actor (Lage Raho Munna Bhai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • 1968-08-08 Abey Kuruvila, cricketer (promising Bombay fast bowler)
  • 1968-08-14 Praveen Amre, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman, century on Test debut 1992), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1970-07-07 Min Patel, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 1 wicket; Kent CCC, Central Districts CA), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1970-10-26 Raveena Tandon, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1972-01-18 Vinod Kambli, Indian cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1993-), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1973-01-06 Sairaj Bahatule, Indian cricketer (promising Bombay leg-spin all-rounder), born in Mumbai, India

Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar (49 years old)

1973-04-24 Indian Cricket Batsman and captain (200 Tests, 15,921 runs @ 53.78, 51 x 100s; highest run scorer in international cricket), born in Mumbai, India

  • 1974-01-09 Farhan Akhtar, Indian Bollywood film director & actor, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1974-01-10 Hrithik Roshan, Indian actor & dancer (Bang Bang!, Fiza, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 1974-02-25 Divya Bharti, Indian actress who starred in Hindi and Telugu movies in the early 1990s (Shola Aur Shabnam, Deewana), born in Mumbai, Maharastra, India (d. 1993)
  • 1974-06-25 Karisma Kapoor, Indian actress (one of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the 1990s and early 2000s), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1974-08-05 Kajol Mukherjee, Indian actress (Fanaa, My Name Is Khan), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 1974-12-25 Nagma [Nandita Arvind Morarji], Indian actress, born in Mumbai
  • 1976-02-05 Abhishek Bachchan, Indian actor, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1977-12-04 Ajit Agarkar, Indian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, 58 wickets, top score 109; 191 ODIs; Mumbai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • 1978-06-25 Aftab Shivdasani, Bollywood actor (Mast), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • 1980-08-18 Preeti Jhangiani, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1980-09-21 Kareena Kapoor, Indian actress (3 Idiots), born in Bombay, India
  • 1981-10-12 Sneha, Indian actress (Aanandham), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1982-09-28 Ranbir Kapoor, Indian actor (Rockstar, Barfi!, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 1982-11-21 Aarti Chabria, Indian model, beauty queen (Miss India Worldwide, 1999), and Bollywood actress, born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • 1984-10-18 Freida Pinto, Indian Bollywood actress (Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1985-06-09 Sonam Kapoor, Indian actress (Neerja), born in Bombay, India
  • 1985-07-06 Ranveer Singh, Bollywood actor (Bajirao Mastani), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1986-04-10 Ayesha Takia, Indian actress (Taarzan: The Wonder Car), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • 1986-11-15 Sania Mirza, Indian tennis player, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1987-08-05 Genelia D'Souza, Indian actress (Bommarillu), born in Bombay, India
  • 1988-12-02 Soniya Mehra, Indian actress (Ragini MMS 2), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Famous Weddings

  • 2005-11-20 Bollywood actor Zayed Khan (25) weds Malaika Parekh at the Grand Maratha Sheraton in Mumbai, India
  • 2005-12-14 Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan (31) weds Mumtaz's daughter Natasha Madhvani at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai, India

Aishwarya Rai

2007-04-20 Indian film actor and producer Abhishek Bachchan (31) weds actress Aishwarya Rai (33) at the Bachchan residence in Juhu, Mumbai

  • 2011-02-16 Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati (36) weds Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe (2000) Lara Dutta (32) at Bandra, Mumbai
  • 2012-01-19 Indian bollywood actress Deepshikha Nagpal (34) weds Indian actor Kaishav Arora in Mumbai