Chennai in 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
  • 1887-07-04 The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, joins Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi
  • 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
  • 1984-08-03 Bomb attack on Madras India airport, 32 killed
  • 1986-09-18 David Boon's 3rd Test cricket century, 122 v India at Madras
  • 1986-09-19 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
  • 2013-05-26 The Mumbai Indians defeat the Chennai Super Kings to win the Indian 20/20 Premier League
  • 2015-05-24 Mumbai Indians defeat Chennai Super Kings to win the 2015 20/20 cricket Indian Premier League
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • 1653-07-05 Thomas Pitt, English merchant and Governor of Madras (d. 1726)
  • 1719-03-04 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (d. 1777)
  • 1888-09-05 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and leader, Second President of India (1962-67), born in Thiruttani, British India (d. 1975)

Person of interestR.K. Narayan

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

Novelist R.K. Narayan
R.K. Narayan
  • 1935-05-15 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "Its 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
  • 1961-08-21 V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer, born in Chennai, India
  • 1966-04-17 Vikram [Kennedy John Victor], Indian actor (I), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu

Person of interestRiver Phoenix

1970-08-23 River Phoenix, American actor (Little Nikta, Stand By Me), born in Madras, Oregon (d. 1993)

Famous Deaths

  • 1726-04-28 Thomas Pitt, British Governor of Madras (b. 1653)
  • 1777-05-11 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (b. 1719)
  • 1907-02-17 Henry Olcott, co-founder (Theosophical Society-Madras), dies
  • 1984-02-09 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras