New Delhi in History

Today in Indian History

Historical Events

  • 1931-02-10 New Delhi becomes the capital of India
  • 1931-03-26 New Delhi replaces Calcutta as capital of British-Indies

Historic Event

1946-06-22 Speaking at a prayer meeting in New Delhi, Gandhi calls on the South African government to stop 'hooliganism' by Whites

  • 1947-09-07 Battles between Hindus & Muslims in New Delhi, India
  • 1967-03-06 Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Allilujeva approaches the US Embassy in New Delhi, India, and asks for political asylum
  • 1968-02-01 World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi
  • 1970-02-13 Man-eating tiger is reported to have killed 48, 80 km from New Delhi
  • 1972-01-23 Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to a wedding party, killing 100 in New Delhi
  • 1984-09-28 1st floodlit ODI outside of Australia (India v Aust, New Delhi)


1984-10-31 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh at her home in New Delhi

  • 1994-03-08 B737 collides with Ilyushin-86 in New Delhi, at least 8 killed
  • 2017-10-27 First operation to separate conjoined twins joined at the head in India completed in New Delhi
  • 2019-02-12 Hotel fire in New Delhi, India, kills 17

Historic Event

2019-05-30 Narendra Modi sworn in for a second term as Indian Prime Minister in New Delhi with 8,000 guests at largest-ever gathering at the Presidential Palace

  • 2020-03-20 India hangs four men for 2012 gang rape and murder of woman on a bus in New Delhi, country's first hanging since 2013

Famous Birthdays

  • 1869-03-29 Edwin Lutyens, English architect (Viceroy's House, New Delhi), born in London (d. 1944)
  • 1902-03-09 Edward Durell Stone, American architect (US Embassy, New Delhi), born in Fayetteville, Arkansas (d. 1978)
  • 1920-01-09 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar & medical researcher, born in New Delhi, India (d. 1998)
  • 1920-02-12 Pran Krishan Sikand, Indian actor often cast as the villain in Hindi cinema (Khandaan, Be-Imaan), born in New Delhi (d. 2013)
  • 1926-01-20 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet & writer, born in New Delhi, India (d. 2015)
  • 1940-03-29 Eden Kane [Richard Graham Sarstedt], British pop singer ("Well I Ask You"), born in New Delhi, British India
  • 1941-02-27 Paddy Ashdown, British MP, leader of Liberal Democrats (1988-1999), born in New Delhi, British Raj (d. 2018)
  • 1955-09-21 Gulshan Grover, Indian actor known as the "Bad Man" in Bollywood cinema (I Am Kalam), born in New Delhi, India
  • 1956-01-15 Mayawati, Indian politician, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1961-04-18 Pamella Bordes, British parliament escort, former Miss India and photographer, born in New Delhi, India

Shah Rukh KhanShah Rukh Khan (57 years old)

1965-11-02 Indian actor, producer and TV personality (My Name is Khan, Swades), born in New Delhi, India

Ajay DevganAjay Devgan (53 years old)

1969-04-02 Indian actor and bollywood star (Phool Aur Kaante, Zakhm), born in New Delhi, Delhi, India

  • 1971-06-15 Bif Naked [Beth Torbert], Canadian singer-songwriter ("Spaceman") and actress, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1979-01-07 Bipasha Basu, Indian model, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1981-02-25 Shahid Kapoor, Indian actor (Ishq Vishk), born in New Delhi, India
  • 1982-02-23 Karan Singh Grover, Indian actor, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1985-01-18 Minnisha Lamba, Indian actress & model, born in New Delhi, India

Famous Weddings

  • 2006-03-18 Television star Adita Wahi weds director Ameet Sawant in New Delhi
  • 2011-12-22 "Big Bang Theory" Indian actor Kunal Nayyar (30) weds Miss India 2006 winner Neha Kapur (28) in New Delhi, India

Famous Deaths

  • 1944-01-01 Edwin Lutyens, English architect (Viceroy's House, New Delhi), dies at 74

Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

1948-01-30 Indian independence activist and spiritual leader, assassinated in New Delhi by Hindu extremists at 78