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 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
  • 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
  • 2018-05-27 Indian Premier League Final: Australian Shane Watson smashes 117 not out off 57 balls to steer Chennai Super Kings to their third IPL title with an 8-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad
  • 2018-07-18 Seventeen men charged with the gang-rape of a 12-year old girl 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)
  • 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
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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1945-05-04 Narasimhan Ram, Indian journalist (The Hindu), born in Madras, British 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1966-04-17 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 interestRiver Phoenix

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

  • 1983-05-04 Trisha Krishnan, Indian actress (Mounam Pesiyadhe), 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 and Governor of Madras, dies at 72
  • 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