Chennai in History

Today in Indian History

Historical Events

  • 1639-08-22 Madras (now Chennai), India, founded by the British East India Company on sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers
  • 1746-09-21 French expeditionary army occupies Labourdonnais and Dupleix Madras
  • 1953-10-01 Indian state of Andhra Pradesh partitioned from Madras
  • 1969-12-25 India all out for 163 at Madras v Aust, Ashley Mallett 5-91

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983-12-29 Indian cricket opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar scores an unbeaten 236 in drawn 6th Test v West Indies at Chennai; his 4th Test double century and 30th century, surpassing Don Bradman's record of 29

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1984-08-03 Bomb attack on Madras India airport, 32 killed
  • 1985-01-15 Mike Gatting (207) and Graeme Fowler (201) become first pair of England batsmen to complete double centuries in the same innings during 9-wicket 4th cricket Test win against India at Madras
  • 1986-09-18 David Boon's 3rd Test cricket century, 122 v India at Madras
  • 1986-09-19 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores 210 v India at Madras
  • 1986-09-22 India v Australia Test Cricket at Madras finishes in a tie
  • 1988-01-11 Test debut of Phil Simmons, WI v India, Madras
  • 1988-01-15 Kiran More stumps five WI batsman at Madras, world Test record
  • 1988-01-15 19-year-old Indian cricket leg-spinner Narenda Hirwani records best bowling figures on debut in Test history; captures 16-136 in 255 run 4th Test win v West Indies in Madras; Hirwani takes 8 wickets in each innings
  • 1996-03-31 Ranji Trophy Cricket Final, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Madras: Karnataka (Vijay Bharadwaj 146 of 8/620) beats Tamil Nadu (370) on 1st innings
  • 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)

Sport awardIndian 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)

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 2011-05-28 IPL Cricket Final, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs; Murali Vijay 95 (52), Ravichandran Ashwin 3/16
  • 2012-05-27 IPL Cricket Final, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets; Manvinder Bisla top scores, 89 (48)
  • 2013-05-26 The Mumbai Indians defeat the Chennai Super Kings to win the Indian 20/20 Premier League
  • 2013-05-26 IPL Cricket Final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs; Kieron Pollard 60 no (32)

Film release premierFilm Premier

2013-08-08 Hindi film "Chennai Express" premieres directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Fastest Bollywood film to earn $1 billion.

  • 2015-05-24 IPL Cricket Final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs; Lendl Simmons top scores, 68 (45)
  • 2015-12-04 Floods in Chennai and Tamil Nadu state, India start receding after a month of heavy rainfall, leaving more 260 dead and thousands stranded
  • 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
  • 2018-07-18 Seventeen men charged with the gang-rape of a 12-year old girl in Chennai, 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
  • 2019-06-18 Chennai, India's 6th largest city with 4 million people runs out of water as its reservoirs dry up
  • 2019-08-02 Seven-year-old boy operated on after 526 teeth found inside his mouth in Chennai, India

Famous Birthdays

  • 1653-07-05 Thomas Pitt, British merchant and Governor of Madras, born in Blandford St. Mary, Dorset, England (d. 1726)
  • 1719-03-04 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (d. 1777)
  • 1878-12-10 C. Rajagopalachari, India's freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India, born in Thorapalli, Madras Presidency, British India (d. 1972)
  • 1879-09-17 Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian Social social activist and reformer, born in Erode, Madras Presidency, British India (d. 1973)
  • 1888-04-18 Arnold Lunn, British skier (created the modern Alpine slalom race), born in Madras, India (d. 1974)
  • 1888-09-05 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and leader, Second President of India (1962-67), born in Thiruttani, British India (d. 1975)
  • 1904-11-11 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (one of the founders of homotopy theory), born in Madras, India (d. 1960)

Person of interestR.K. Narayan

1906-10-10 R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), born in Madras (d. 2001)

Novelist R.K. Narayan
Novelist
R.K. Narayan
  • 1909-06-06 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2003)
  • 1909-09-15 C. N. Annadurai, Indian politician and 1st Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, born in Kancheepuram, Madras, British India (d. 1969)
  • 1916-09-16 M.S. [Madurai Shanmukhavadivu] Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (1st singer to be awarded the Bharat Ratna), born in Madurai, Madras Presidency (d. 2004)
  • 1929-04-24 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, born in Gajanur, Madras, India (d. 2006)
  • 1930-03-01 Coimbatarao Gopinath, Indian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests, HS 50), born in Madras, India
  • 1930-09-17 Lalgudi Jayaraman, Indian Carnatic violinist and composer, born in Chennai, India (d. 2013)
  • 1933-12-02 K. Veeramani, Indian anti-caste activist, born in Cuddalore, Madras Presidency, British India
  • 1935-05-15 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "It's not Unusual"), born in Madras, India (d. 1986)
  • 1935-06-22 Vaman Kumar, Indian cricketer ( leggie who only played 2 Tests), born in Madras, India
  • 1936-05-02 Engelbert Humperdinck [Arnold George Dorsey], British singer, born in Madras, India

Person of interestPete Best

1941-11-24 Pete Best, British drummer (Beatles), born in Madras, British India

Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • 1941-12-31 Milkha Singh, Indian cricketer (bro of Kripal Singh India batsman in 4 Tests), born in Madras, India (d. 2017)
  • 1945-05-04 Narasimhan Ram, Indian journalist (The Hindu), born in Madras, British India
  • 1949-12-29 Syed Kirmani, Indian cricketer (Indian keeper after Engineer), born in Chennai, India
  • 1950-04-26 L. Shankar [Lakshminarayana Shankar], Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer, born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1950-10-26 T. E. Srinivasan, Indian cricketer (Indian opening batsman 1981), born in Chennai, India
  • 1953-12-14 Vijay Amritraj, Indian tennis player and actor (Octopussy), born in Chennai, India
  • 1954-10-10 Rekha, Bollywood actress (Khoon Bhari Maang), born in Madras, India
  • 1955-10-28 Indra Nooyi, Indian American businesswoman (CEO of PepsiCo), born in Madras, India
  • 1956-03-28 T A Sekar, Indian cricket pace-bowler (2 Tests 1982-83 little impact), born in Chennai, India
  • 1959-08-29 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian Telugu actor and producer (Ninne Pelladata), born in Madras, India
  • 1959-12-12 Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Indian cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener), born in Madras, India
  • 1961-06-05 Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star (Davis Cup 1987), born in Chennai, India
  • 1961-08-21 V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer, born in Chennai, India

Person of interestSridevi Kapoor

1963-08-13 Sridevi Kapoor [Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan], Indian actress and film producer referred to as Indian cinema's "first female superstar" (Himmatwala, Solva Sawan), born in Sivakasi, Madras State (d. 2018)

Actress and Film Producer Sridevi Kapoor
Actress and Film Producer
Sridevi Kapoor
  • 1966-01-06 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer, born in Madras, India
  • 1966-04-17 Vikram [Kennedy John Victor], Indian actor (I), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1968-03-28 Nasser Hussain, English cricketer (Essex & England batsman), born in Chennai, India

Person of interestVijay

1974-06-22 [C. Joseph] Vijay, Indian actor and singer (Poove Unakkaga), born in Madras (now Chennai), India

Actor and Singer Vijay
Actor and Singer
Vijay
  • 1975-01-08 Harris Jayaraj, Indian music composer, born in Chennai, India
  • 1979-04-17 Siddharth Narayan, Indian film actor, born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1980-02-21 Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver, born in Chennai, India
  • 1983-05-04 Trisha Krishnan, Indian actress (Mounam Pesiyadhe), born in Chennai, India
  • 1984-01-19 Karun Chandhok, Indian racing driver, born in Chennai, India
  • 2005-08-10 Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, Indian chess prodigy, born in Chennai, India

Famous Deaths

  • 1726-04-28 Thomas Pitt, British merchant & Governor of Madras, dies at 72
  • 1777-05-11 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras, dies at 58
  • 1984-02-09 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras