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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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 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
  • 1988-01-15 Kiran More stumps five WI batsman at Madras, world Test record
  • 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)

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)

  • 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 Indian Premier League T20 Cricket Final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs; Kieron Pollard 60 no (32)

Film Premiere

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)

R.K. NarayanR.K. Narayan (1906-2001)

1906-10-10 Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), born in Madras

  • 1909-06-06 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricket fast bowler (1 Test, 1 wicket; Madras) and hockey representative, 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 pop singer ("Release Me"; "After The Loving"), born in Madras, British India

Pete BestPete Best (81 years old)

1941-11-24 British drummer (The Beatles, 1960-62), born in Madras, British India

  • 1941-12-31 Milkha Singh, Indian cricketer (brother 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 (Lakshminarayana) "L." Shankar, Indian rock, jazz and Indian classical violinist, singer and composer (Shakti; Frank Zappa; Peter Gabriel), 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

Sridevi KapoorSridevi Kapoor (1963-2018)

1963-08-13 Indian actress and film producer referred to as Indian cinema's "first female superstar" (Himmatwala, Solva Sawan), born in Sivakasi, Madras State

  • 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

VijayVijay (48 years old)

1974-06-22 Indian actor and singer (Poove Unakkaga), born in Madras (now Chennai), India

  • 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 (Tanjore) Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies at 65