Territory of Delhi in History

Territory of Delhi: New Delhi

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Historical Events

  • 1311-04-24 General Malik Kafur returns to Delhi after campaign in South India

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1398-12-17 Timur (Tamerlane) captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies by setting camels loaded with hay alight and charging them at the Sultans armoured elephants

Turkic Conqueror Tamerlane
Turkic Conqueror

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1556-11-05 Akbar (14) succeeds his father Humajun as Sultan of Delhi

Mughal Emperor Akbar
Mughal Emperor
  • 1648-05-13 Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi is completed.
  • 1739-03-20 Iranian ruler Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne
  • 1903-01-01 In Delhi, a great durbar, or formal reception, marks the coronation of King Edward VII as Emperor of India; the British release some 16,000 prisoners in honor of the occasion
  • 1904-05-25 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
  • 1911-12-12 Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India.
  • 1912-12-23 In Delhi, India, terrorist agitation continues as British Viceroy Lord Hardinge is wounded by a bomb explosion
  • 1924-07-11 Muslim-Hindu rebellion in Delhi, India

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1929-04-08 Indian Independence Movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest

Indian Independence Fighter Bhagat Singh
Indian Independence Fighter
Bhagat Singh
  • 1945-11-03 Australian Test cricket batsman Lindsay Hassett is 124 not out as Australian Services draws with Prince's XI at Delhi; follows his 187 in 1st innings
  • 1952-10-16 Pakistan's 1st Test starts, v India at Delhi
  • 1956-11-01 Delhi becomes a union territory of India
  • 1959-02-11 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)

  • 1964-02-09 Hanumant Singh scores 105 India v England on debut at Delhi
  • 1965-03-20 Venkataraghavan takes 8-72 v NZ at Delhi
  • 1972-12-23 Chandrasekhar takes 8-79 India v England at Delhi
  • 1972-12-25 England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Cricket Test in Delhi
  • 1976-12-19 John Lever takes 7-46 in 1st Test Cricket innings, v India Delhi
  • 1979-03-29 Delhi beats Karnataka by 399 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 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
  • 1982-03-29 Delhi 707 beat Karnataka 705 on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • 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
  • 1986-04-01 Delhi beat Haryana by innings & 141 to win Ranji Trophy
  • 1987-03-26 Hyderabad beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • 1987-11-25 India all out for 75 v West Indies at Delhi, Patterson 5-24
  • 1989-03-27 Delhi beat Bengal by innings & 210 to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 1990-03-28 Bengal beat Delhi in rained-out cricket Ranji Trophy final on quotient
  • 1992-03-31 Delhi beat Tamil Nadu on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
  • 1995-01-01 Raman Lamba (312) & Ravi Sehgal (216) put on an Indian 1st-class record opening partnership 464 in Delhi's innings & 310 run win over Himachal Pradesh in a Ranji Trophy cricket match in Delhi
  • 2000-04-07 South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje is charged by Delhi police with fixing One Day International matches against India
  • 2000-05-10 India's population reaches 1 billion, baby girl Aastha born at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital chosen as symbolic billionth
  • 2005-10-29 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings kill more than 60.
  • 2010-10-03 19th Commonwealth Games open in Delhi, India

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2016-02-12 Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar is arrested on “anti-nationalism” charges by Indian police at an anniversary event of the death of Afzal Guru, at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 2016-02-22 10 million people are without water in Delhi after caste protests in Jat sabotage the Munak water canal
  • 2016-11-06 Indian government declares levels of air pollution in Delhi an emergency situation, closing schools and construction sites
  • 2017-11-07 Extreme smog in Delhi, India, leads Indian Medical Association to declare "a state of medical emergency"
  • 2017-11-08 In unprecedented move, Indian officials close all Delhi schools for rest of the week due to smog
  • 2018-11-29 Tens of thousands Indian farmers protest the agrarian crisis at parliament in Delhi
  • 2018-12-09 Tens of thousands march on Delhi, India, to demand Hindi temple be built on contentious religious site in Ayodhya

Famous Birthdays

  • 1817-10-17 Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim leader, born in Delhi, Mughal Empire
  • 1819-01-14 Frederick Steele, American Major General (Union Army), born in Delhi, New York (d. 1868)
  • 1905-05-13 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Indian leader and 5th President of India (1974-77), born in Delhi, British India (d. 1977)
  • 1908-07-16 Aruna Asaf Ali, Indian independence activist and politician (first Mayor of Delhi), born in Kalka, Punjab, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1918-08-24 Sikander Bakht, Indian politician, Governor of Kerala, born in Delhi, India (d. 2004)
  • 1926-06-11 John Aspinall, English zoo owner and gambling club host, born in Delhi, India (d. 2000)
  • 1928-09-11 Earl Holliman, American actor (The Rainmaker, Police Woman, Tribes, Cry Panic), born in Delhi, Louisiana
  • 1933-02-14 Madhubala [Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi], Indian actress regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema", born in Delhi, India (d. 1969)
  • 1933-08-13 Madhur Jaffrey, Indian cookbook writer and actress (Shakespeare Wallah), born in Delhi, British India
  • 1938-03-31 Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi
  • 1938-10-13 Mahboob Shah, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani Test umpire on intl panel), born in Delhi, India
  • 1942-12-10 Peter Sarstedt, British musician (Where do you go to my lovely), born Delhi, India (d. 2017)
  • 1943-08-11 Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani general and politician, 10th President of Pakistan (2001-2008), born in Delhi, British India
  • 1964-04-03 Ajay Sharma, Indian cricketer (Indian spin all-rounder played one Test 1988), born in Delhi, India
  • 1967-05-01 Tim McGraw, American musician and actor, born in Delhi, Louisiana
  • 1988-11-05 Virat Kohli, Indian cricket batsman (Captain of India 2013-), born in Delhi, India

Famous Weddings

  • 1810-08-08 Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib marries Maaroof, daughter of Nawab Ilahi Baksh, and moves to Delhi.

Famous Deaths

  • 1351-03-20 Mohammed ibn-Tughluq, sultan of Delhi India, dies
  • 1996-07-29 Aruna Asaf Ali, Indian independence activist and politician (first Mayor of Delhi), dies at 88
  • 2007-06-30 Sahib Singh Verma, Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Delhi (b. 1943)