Indian History (Part 2)

Today in Indian History

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 748

  • 1898-03-25 Swami Vivekananda initiates Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita) into vow of Brahmacharya, first western woman received into Indian monastic order

Appointment of Interest

1902-06-26 Aga Khan III is appointed Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire

Royal Coronation

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

  • 1905-04-04 Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000
  • 1905-10-16 The Partition of Bengal (India) occurred.
  • 1906-12-30 The All India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India Empire, later laid down the foundations of Pakistan
  • 1907-03-22 The new Boer government in the Transvaal passes an Asiatic Registration Bill, that restricts immigration from India
  • 1907-05-01 Indian Mine Laws passes (concessions from Neth-Indies)
  • 1908-07-03 Indian nationalist Bal Gangadhar Tilak arrested for sedition by the British in wake of Muzzafarpur bombing
  • 1909-05-06 Indian nationalist Sri Aurobindo acquitted in the Alipore Bomb Case in Calcutta, India
  • 1910-02-25 Dalai Lama flees Tibet for British India to escape Chinese troops
  • 1911-01-03 The Government of India announces that emigration to Natal, Southern Africa, is prohibited with effect from 1 July
  • 1911-02-18 The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away.
  • 1911-03-13 The Colonial-Born and Settlers Indian Association is formed at a meeting in Durban, South Africa, and has at its aim to fight the infamous 3 poll tax
  • 1911-03-25 L. D. Swamikannu publishes "Manual of Indian Chronology" in Bombay

Historic Event

1911-04-27 Indian passive resistance is suspended when General J.C. Smuts enters into negotiations with Mahatma Gandhi

  • 1911-12-12 Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India.

Assassination Attempt on Lord Charles Hardinge

1912-12-23 Indian revolutionary underground in Bengal and Punjab, headed by Rash Behari Bose attempt to assassinate Viceroy of India Lord Hardinge, by throwing homemade bomb into Viceroys's Howdah (elephant carriage) during ceremonial procession in Delhi. Although wounded, the Viceroy survives. Investigations lead to the Delhi conspiracy trial.

  • 1913-11-06 Mahatma Gandhi arrested for leading Indian miners' march in South Africa
  • 1914-06-30 Mahatma Gandhi's 1st arrest after campaigning for Indian rights in South Africa
  • 1914-11-06 The British land troops (mostly from the Indian Army) at the head of the Persian Gulf in Mesopotamia, and will begin to move westward in an attempt to draw Turkish troops from other fronts
  • 1914-11-22 Indian troops take Basra in Mesopotamia
  • 1916-05-24 Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
  • 1916-09-01 Annie Besant founds the India Home Rule League
  • 1918-05-18 Dutch Indian Volksraad installed in Batavia
  • 1919-04-13 British troops open fire on demonstrators in Amritsar, India, killing 350
  • 1920-03-23 Perserikatan Communist of India (PKI) political party forms
  • 1920-10-10 Indian Bill Wambsganns makes 1st unassisted World Series triple play
  • 1921-06-21 The UK, the Dominions, and India, become the British Commonwealth of Nations
  • 1922-03-18 British magistrates in India sentence Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years imprisonment for disobedience
  • 1923-01-09 Swaraj political party founded in India with Chittaranjan Das as president and Motilal Nehru its secretary
  • 1924-07-11 Muslim-Hindu rebellion in Delhi, India
  • 1926-08-28 Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)
  • 1926-12-28 Imperial Airways begins England-India mail & passenger service

Historic Event

1928-08-30 Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India

  • 1928-10-28 Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai injured leading silent protest against visiting British commission in Lahore (dies of injuries 17th November)

Historic Event

1929-01-06 Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin her work amongst India's poorest

  • 1929-01-26 Indian National Congress proclaims goal for India's independence

Historic Event

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

  • 1929-04-24 1st non-stop England to India flight takes-off
  • 1929-04-26 1st non-stop England to India flight lands
  • 1930-04-18 Attempted raid on the armoury of police and auxiliary forces in Chittagong in Bengal province, British India by armed pro-independence revolutionaries led by Surya Sen popularly known as Master-da
  • 1930-04-22 British troops battle pro-independence revolutionaries in the Jalalabad hills near Chittagong, Bengal province, British India, 80 troops and 12 revolutionaries killed

Nobel Prize

1930-12-10 Indian Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman is presented with the Nobel Prize for Physics for work on light scattering - first Asian and non-white to win a Science Nobel

  • 1931-02-10 New Delhi becomes the capital of India
  • 1931-03-23 Indian independence fighters Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar are hanged after conducting an assassination and a bombing. Their request to be shot by a firing squad is refused.
  • 1932-01-04 British Viceroy of India Lord Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru
  • 1932-03-01 12 pro-independence revolutionaries captured in and around Chittagong in Bengal province, British India are sentenced to deportation for life, two to three-year prison terms with the remaining 32 being acquitted.
  • 1932-09-25 Poona Act signed by Madan Mohan Malaviya and B R. Amedkar in India, reserving legislative seats for depressed classes (untouchables)
  • 1932-10-08 The Indian Air Force is established
  • 1932-10-15 Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight
  • 1933-01-28 The name "Pakistan" is coined by Choudhry Rahmat Ali and gradually accepted by Muslims in the Indian sub-continent who use it to push for a separate Muslim homeland in South Asia
  • 1933-05-08 Mahatma Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India
  • 1933-08-23 Mahatma Gandhi released from Indian jail following another hunger strike
  • 1934-01-15 8.4 earthquake in India/Nepal, 10,700 die
  • 1934-04-07 In India, Mahatma Gandhi suspends his campaign of civil disobedience
  • 1934-08-02 William Franks twirls an indian club overhead 17,280 times in 1 hour
  • 1935-05-31 7.7 magnitude earthquake destroys Quetta in Balochistan, British India (now Pakistan) killing an estimated 40,000 people
  • 1936-02-08 Pandit Jawaharlal succeeds Mahatma Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
  • 1936-04-01 Orissa constituted a province of British India
  • 1938-11-16 K B Regiment refuses round-table conference in East-India
  • 1939-03-03 Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in Mumbai (Bombay) to protest against autocratic rule in India
  • 1939-03-10 17 villages damaged by hailstones in Hyderabad, India
  • 1939-04-13 The Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) is formed and vows to engage in armed struggle against the British.
  • 1939-05-03 The All India Forward Bloc is formed by Subhash Chandra Bose
  • 1940-03-23 The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Lahore), calling for independent Muslim state(s), is adopted by the All-India Muslim League
  • 1940-07-02 Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta
  • 1941-05-25 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India
  • 1941-11-24 Indian infantry attacks German tanks at Sidi Omar
  • 1942-08-09 Mahatma Gandhi and 50 others arrested in Bombay after passing of a "quit India" motion and campaign by the All-India Congress
  • 1942-10-16 Cyclone in Bay of Bengal kills some 40,000 south of Calcutta India
  • 1943-12-30 Subhash Chandra Bose raises the flag of Indian independence at Port Blair
  • 1944-04-01 Japanese troops conquer Jessami, Eastern India
  • 1944-04-14 Freighter "Fort Stikene" explodes in Bombay India, killing 1,376
  • 1944-08-19 Last Japanese troops driven out of India
  • 1945-11-13 Australian Services draw 1st Victory Test against India

Agreement of Interest

1946-03-15 British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India's right to independence

Sports History

1946-12-02 In rain affected 1st Test in Brisbane, Australia compiles 1st innings total 645 on Day 3 v India (Bradman 187, Hassett 128); Australia wins by an innings and 332

Appointment of Interest

1947-02-20 Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence

Historic Event

1947-07-18 King George VI signs Indian Independence Act

  • 1947-08-15 India becomes a sovereign and democratic nation, independent from the United Kingdom
  • 1947-08-15 India gains independence from Great Britain, remains a dominion until 1950
  • 1947-08-17 The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed

Appointment of Interest

1947-08-29 B.R. Ambedkar is appointed chairman of the drafting committee for the Indian constitution

  • 1947-09-07 Battles between Hindus & Muslims in New Delhi, India
  • 1947-10-25 Bradman scores 156 for South Australia v India, 152 mins, 22 fours
  • 1947-10-26 Maharajah of Jammu & Kashmir accedes to India
  • 1948-01-01 After partition, India declines to pay the agreed share of Rs.550 million in cash balances to Pakistan.
  • 1948-01-01 Orissa province accedes to India
  • 1948-01-23 Australian cricket captain Don Bradman scores 201 in 4th Test win v India in Adelaide; Sid Barnes 112 and Lindsay Hassett 198no in Australian total 674
  • 1948-01-23 Test debut of Neil Harvey, v India at Adelaide
  • 1948-04-15 Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created
  • 1948-06-21 Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India (formerly the last Viceroy)
  • 1948-08-12 Indian maestro Balbir Singh Dosanjh scores twice as India beats Great Britain 4-0 for the field hockey gold medal at the London Olympics; India's 4th consecutive Olympic hockey title

Historic Event

1948-09-12 Indian Army Invades the State of Hyderabad a day after Pakistani leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah passes away

  • 1949-01-14 Black and Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 701

  • 1880-10-08 Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indo-Dutch nationalist and founder of National-India Party, born in Pasuruan, Malang, Indonesia (d. 1950)
  • 1882-07-05 Inayat Khan, Indian singer, musicologist, and philosopher (founder of Sufi Order - London, 1914), born in Vadodra, Bombay State, British India (d. 1927)
  • 1882-12-11 Subramania Bharati, Indian poet and independence activist, born in Ettayapuram, Tirunelveli district, British India (d. 1921)
  • 1883-05-28 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian independence activist and writer (The Indian War of Independence), born in Bhagur, India (d. 1966)
  • 1884-11-22 Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, Pakistani religious scholar and biographer of Muhammad, born in British India (d. 1953)

Rajendra PrasadRajendra Prasad (1884-1963)

1884-12-03 Indian independence activist and 1st President of India (1950-62), born in Zeradai, British India

  • 1885-02-14 Syed Zafarul Hasan, Indian-Pakistani Prominent Muslim philosopher (d. 1949)
  • 1886-05-25 Rash Behari Bose, Indian revolutionary leader against the British Raj in India, born in Bengal, India (d. 1945)
  • 1886-11-02 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician, born in Ramrail, Tipperah, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1971)
  • 1886-11-02 Philip Merivale, British actor (Mr. & Mrs. Smith; Nothing But Trouble), born in Rehutia, Manickpur, India (d. 1946)
  • 1887-02-26 Benegal Narsing Rau, Indian lawyer and civil servant, President of UN Security Council (1950), helped draft India's constitution, born in Mangalore, India (d. 1953)
  • 1887-06-07 William Walraven, Dutch journalist and writer (Indian Daily) (d. 1943)
  • 1887-12-22 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (number theory), born in Erode, British India (d. 1920)
  • 1888-08-04 Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Bohra Spiritual Leader, born in Surat, India (d. 1965)
  • 1888-09-05 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and leader, Second President of India (1962-67), born in Thiruttani, British India (d. 1975)

C.V. RamanC.V. Raman (1888-1970)

1888-11-07 Indian physicist (Nobel Prize 1930 for light scattering), born in Tiruchirappalli, India

  • 1888-11-11 Abul Kalam Azad, 1st Minister of Education in the Indian government, born in Makkah, Hejaz Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (d. 1958)
  • 1889-01-30 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist, born in Varanasi, India (d. 1937)
  • 1889-09-06 Sarat Chandra Bose, Indian activist for independence, born in Howrah, British India (d. 1950)

Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)

1889-11-14 1st Prime Minister of India (1947-64) and important leader of the Indian independence movement, born in Allahabad, North-Western Provinces, British India

  • 1891-03-24 John Knittel, Swiss writer, born in Dharwar, India (d. 1970)

B.R. AmbedkarB.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956)

1891-04-14 Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Constitution of India) and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement, born in Mhow, India

  • 1892-11-05 J. B. S. Haldane, British-Indian geneticist (primordial soup theory), born in Oxford, England (d. 1964)
  • 1893-01-05 Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (Autobiography of a Yogi), born in Gorakhpur, India (d. 1952)

Prasanta Chandra MahalanobisPrasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893-1972)

1893-06-29 Indian scientist and applied statistician (Mahalanobis distance), whose birthdate is celebrated annually in India as "National Statistics Day", born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India

Fatima JinnahFatima Jinnah (1893-1967)

1893-07-30 Mother of Pakistan, sister and close adviser of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, born in Karachi, Bombay Presidency, British India

  • 1894-01-01 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist (Bose–Einstein statistics), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1974)
  • 1894-02-25 Meher Baba, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1969)
  • 1894-03-22 Surya Sen "Master Da", Indian activist for independence (Chittagong armoury raid), born in Chittagong, British India (d. 1934)
  • 1894-04-10 Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator, born in Pilani, Rajputana, India (d. 1983)
  • 1894-05-20 Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, Jivanmukta (d. 1994)

Edward VIIIEdward VIII (1894-1972)

1894-06-23 King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), born in Richmond, England

  • 1894-07-19 Khawaja Nazimuddin, 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of Pakistan Muslim League, born in Dacca, Bengal, British India (d. 1964)
  • 1894-08-10 V.V. [Varahagiri Venkata] Giri, Fourth President of India (1969-74), born in Berhampur, British India (d. 1980)
  • 1894-10-24 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author, born in Darbhanga district, Bihar, British India (d. 1987)
  • 1895-05-12 Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Songs of Life), born in Madanapalle, India (d. 1986)
  • 1895-06-03 Kavalam Madhava Panikkar, Indian statesman and diplomat (Asia & Western Dominance), born in Travancore, British India (d. 1963)
  • 1895-09-01 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, Indian musician (d. 1974)
  • 1895-09-10 Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu writer (Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu, Veyipadagalu), born in Nandamuru, Madras state, British India (d. 1976)
  • 1895-10-01 Liaquat Ali Khan, 1st Prime Minister of Pakistan (1947-51), born in Karnal, Punjab, British India (d. 1951)
  • 1896-02-29 Morarji Desai, Indian politician and activist, 4th Prime Minister of India (1977-79), born in Bhadeli, British India (d. 1995)
  • 1896-04-30 Anandamayi Ma [Nirmala Sundari], Indian spiritual leader, born in Kheora, British India (now Bangladesh)
  • 1896-09-01 A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Indian guru, founder of International Society for Krishna Consciousness, born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1977)
  • 1896-11-12 Salim Ali, Indian ornithologist 'Birdman of India', born in Bombay, British India (d. 1987)
  • 1897-01-23 Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian politician & nationalist, born in Cuttack, British India (d. 1945)
  • 1897-02-08 Zakir Husain, 3rd President of India (1967-69) and scholar, born in Hyderabad, Hyderabad State (d. 1969)
  • 1897-04-19 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist, born in India (d. 1970)
  • 1897-05-03 V. K. Krishna Menon, Indian nationalist, Minister of Defense (1957-62), born in Tellicherry, British India (d. 1974)
  • 1897-11-16 Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (one of the earliest proponents of the creation of the state of Pakistan and recognized as the creator of the name “Pakistan” for a separate Muslim, homeland in South Asia and is known as the founder of the Pakistan National Movement), born in Garhshankar, Punjab, British India (d. 1951)
  • 1897-11-23 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian writer (The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian), born in Kishoregunj, East Bengal, British India (d. 1999)
  • 1898-07-04 Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian politician and economist, temporary Prime Minister of India (1964, 1966), born in Sialkot, British India (d. 1998)
  • 1898-09-21 Tushar Kanti Ghosh, Indian journalist and world's oldest and longest serving newspaper editor
  • 1898-12-02 Indra Lal Roy, Indian World War I flying ace, born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1918)
  • 1898-12-05 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan, born in Malihabad, North-Western Provinces, British India (d. 1982)
  • 1899-05-25 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher, born in Asansol, Burdwan, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1976)

Lord MountbattenLord Mountbatten (1900-1979)

1900-06-25 British naval officer and statesman, last Viceroy of India (1947), born in Windsor, England

Vijaya Lakshmi PanditVijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990)

1900-08-18 Indian diplomat and politician who was the 1st woman to hold a cabinet post in India, born in Allahabad, India

  • 1902-06-04 Richard Allen, Indian field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1928), born in Nagpur, India (d. 1969)
  • 1902-10-11 Jayaprakash Narayan, Indian freedom fighter and political leader (d. 1979)
  • 1902-12-23 Charan Singh, Indian politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (1979-80), born in Noorpur District, British India (d. 1987)

George OrwellGeorge Orwell (1903-1950)

1903-06-25 British author (Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four), born in Motihari, British India

  • 1903-07-15 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian politician (d. 1975)
  • 1903-11-20 Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and educationist, born in Patyali, near Allahabad, United Provinces of British India (d. 1981)
  • 1904-02-29 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)
  • 1904-07-29 J. R. D. Tata, Indian industrialist (d. 1993)
  • 1904-10-01 A.K. Gopalan, Indian communist leader (d. 1977)
  • 1904-10-02 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian politician and Prime Minister of India (1964-66), born in Mughalsarai, British India (d. 1966)
  • 1904-11-11 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (one of the founders of homotopy theory), born in Madras, India (d. 1960)
  • 1905-05-13 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Indian leader and 5th President of India (1974-77), born in Delhi, British India (d. 1977)
  • 1905-08-29 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), born in Allahabad, India (d. 1979)
  • 1905-09-09 Hussain Sha - Indian Saint, Philosopher, Pithapuram
  • 1906-02-03 George Adamson [Baba ya Simba - "Father of Lions"], British conservationist (Born Free), born in Etawah, India (d. 1989)

T. H. WhiteT. H. White (1906-1964)

1906-05-29 English novelist (England Have My Bones) and author of the King Arthur novels,, born in Bombay, British India

  • 1906-07-23 Chandra Sekhar Azad, Indian revolutionary (Hindustan Socialist Republican Army), born in Bhavra, Central India Agency, British India (d. 1931)

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

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

  • 1907-03-26 Mahadevi Varma, Indian poet and freedom fighter, born in Farrukhabad, British India (d. 1987)
  • 1907-05-15 Sukhdev Thapar, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)
  • 1907-08-13 Basil Spence, British architect, born in Bombay, India (d. 1976)

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh (1907-1931)

1907-09-28 Indian freedom fighter, born in Jaranwala Tehsil, Punjab

  • 1908-04-05 Jagjivan Ram, Indian independence activist and politician, born in Chandwa, Bhojpur, Bihar, British India (d. 1986)
  • 1908-06-24 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, born in Champakulam, Kuttanad (now Kerala), British India (d. 1987)
  • 1908-07-09 Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani scholar, orator and philosopher, born in Hyderabad, India (d. 1973)
  • 1908-07-16 Aruna Asaf Ali, Indian independence activist and politician (first Mayor of Delhi), born in Kalka, Punjab, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1908-07-25 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian Carnatic vocalist, born in Tirukkodikaval, Thanjavur District, India (d. 2003)
  • 1908-09-27 Shiv Verma, Indian revolutionary soldier (d. 1997)
  • 1908-10-22 John Sutton, British actor (The Three Musketeers, Tower of London, Return of Fly), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India (d. 1963)
  • 1909-03-17 Patrick Reilly, British diplomat, born in Ootacamund, India
  • 1909-09-15 C. N. Annadurai, Indian politician and 1st Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, born in Kancheepuram, Madras, British India (d. 1969)
  • 1909-09-17 Kenneth Darling, British Army Commander-in-chief Allied Forces, born in Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1998)
  • 1909-10-30 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian nuclear physicist, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1966)
  • 1909-12-20 Vakkom Majeed, Indian freedom fighter & politician, born in the Kingdom of Travancore (d. 2000)
  • 1910-01-02 Srirangam Srinivasarao [Sri Sri], Telugu Poet, born in Visakhapatnam, India (d. 1983)
  • 1910-01-30 Chidambaram Subramaniam, Indian politician, born in Pollachi taluk (d. 2000)

Mother TeresaMother Teresa (1910-1997)

1910-08-26 Albanian-born Indian nun and founder of Missionaries of Charity (Nobel Peace Prize, 1979), born in Skopje, Ottoman Empire

  • 1910-10-19 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, India, astrophysicist (Nobel Prize 1983 for work on structure and evolution of the stars), born in Lahore, British India (d. 1995)
  • 1910-12-03 Robert Arthur Hughes, British missionary and surgeon who worked in India, born in Oswestry, England (d. 1996)
  • 1910-12-04 R. [Ramaswamy] Venkataraman, Indian politician, eighth President of India (1987-92), born in Rajamadam, British India (d. 2009)
  • 1911-02-19 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), born in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1979)
  • 1911-06-27 V. K. Narayana Menon, Indian classical dance scholar, born in Kerala, India (d. 1997)
  • 1911-08-01 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), born in Quetta, British India (d. 2005)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 354

  • 1955-09-16 Leopold CMS Amery, British minister of Colonies (India), dies at 81

B.R. AmbedkarB.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956)

1956-12-06 Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Constitution of India) and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement, dies after suffering from diabetes at 65

  • 1958-02-22 Abul Kalam Azad, 1st Minister of Education in the Indian government, dies at 69
  • 1962-04-12 M. Visvesvaraya, Indian civil engineer and statesman (19th Diwan of the Mysore Kingdom), dies at 100

Rajendra PrasadRajendra Prasad (1884-1963)

1963-02-28 Indian independence activist and 1st President of India (1950-62), dies at 78

  • 1963-12-02 Sabu [Dastagir], Indian actor (The Thief of Bagdad, Elephant Boy, Drum), dies of a heart attack at 39

Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)

1964-05-27 1st Prime Minister of India (1947-64) and important leader of the Indian independence movement, dies of an assumed heart attack at 74

  • 1964-10-10 Guru Dutt [Vasanth Padukone], Indian Bollywood actor, regarded as one of the greatest film directors of all time (Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool), dies from an accidental overdose at 39
  • 1964-12-01 J. B. S. Haldane, British-Indian geneticist (primordial soup theory), dies at 72
  • 1966-01-11 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian politician and Prime Minister of India (1964-66), dies under suspicious circumstances at 61
  • 1966-01-24 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian nuclear physicist, dies at 56
  • 1966-02-26 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian independence activist and writer (The Indian War of Independence), dies at 82
  • 1967-10-12 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, Indian Socialist politician, dies at 57
  • 1969-01-31 Meher Baba, Indian guru (b. 1894)
  • 1969-02-03 C. N. Annadurai, Indian politician and 1st Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, dies of cancer at 59
  • 1969-02-23 Madhubala [Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi], Indian actress regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema", dies of a heart condition at 36
  • 1969-05-03 Zakir Husain, 3rd President of India (1967-69) and scholar, dies at 72
  • 1969-06-24 Ted Hecht, American actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster), dies at 61
  • 1970-04-20 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, dies at 53

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster (1879-1970)

1970-06-07 English writer and novelist (Maurice, Passage to India), dies at 91

  • 1970-07-24 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist, dies at 73

C.V. RamanC.V. Raman (1888-1970)

1970-11-21 Indian physicist (Nobel Prize 1930 for light scattering), dies at 82

  • 1971-12-31 Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (b. 1919)
  • 1972-03-31 Meena Kumari, Indian film actress (Parineeta), dies at 38

Prasanta Chandra MahalanobisPrasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893-1972)

1972-06-28 Indian scientist and applied statistician (Mahalanobis distance), whose birthdate is celebrated annually in India as "National Statistics Day", dies at 78

  • 1972-07-28 Charu Majumdar, Indian revolutionary leader, dies in custody at 53
  • 1972-09-27 S. R. Ranganathan, Indian mathematician (b. 1892)
  • 1972-12-25 C. Rajagopalachari, India's freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India, dies at 94
  • 1973-04-13 Balraj Sahni [Yudhishthir], Indian Bollywood actor (Dharti Ke Lal), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • 1973-09-11 Neem Karoli Baba, Indian guru
  • 1973-11-17 Mirra Alfassa, French-Indian spiritual leader (Sri Aurobindo), known as "The Mother", dies at 95
  • 1973-12-24 Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian Social social activist and reformer, dies at 94
  • 1974-02-04 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist (Bose–Einstein statistics), dies at 80
  • 1974-10-06 V. K. Krishna Menon, Indian nationalist, Minister of Defense (1957-62), dies at 78
  • 1975-04-17 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and leader, Second President of India (1962-67), dies at 86
  • 1975-10-02 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian political leader, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1903)
  • 1975-10-31 SD Burman, Indian singer and film music composer (Zindagi Zindagi), dies at 69
  • 1976-08-27 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1976-10-18 Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu writer (Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu, Veyipadagalu), dies at 81
  • 1977-02-11 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Indian leader and 5th President of India (1974-77), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1977-03-22 A.K. Gopalan, Indian Communist leader (b. 1904)
  • 1977-11-14 A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Indian guru, founder of International Society for Krishna Consciousness, dies at 81
  • 1979-01-27 Qalander Baba Auliya, Indian Sufi master (Azeemiyya order), dies at about 81

Lord MountbattenLord Mountbatten (1900-1979)

1979-08-27 British naval officer and statesman, last Viceroy of India (1947), assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland at 79

  • 1979-12-03 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), dies at 74
  • 1980-06-23 Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • 1980-06-23 V.V. [Varahagiri Venkata] Giri, Fourth President of India (1969-74), dies at 85
  • 1980-07-24 Uttam Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1926)
  • 1980-07-31 Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)
  • 1981-02-05 Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I'd Like to See), dies at 75
  • 1981-09-23 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), dies from heart failure at 82
  • 1981-12-26 Savithri, Indian actress (b. 1937)
  • 1982-02-22 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan, dies at 83
  • 1982-08-27 Anandamayi Ma [Nirmala Sundari], Indian spiritual leader, dies at 86
  • 1983-01-11 Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator, dies at 88
  • 1983-06-15 Srirangam Srinivasarao [Sri Sri], Indian Telugu poet, dies at 73
  • 1984-02-03 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • 1984-02-09 (Tanjore) Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies at 65

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi (1917-1984)

1984-10-31 4th Prime Minister of India (1966-77, 1980-84), assassinated by two of her bodyguards at 66

  • 1984-11-27 Percy Norris, deputy high commissioner of India, shot dead
  • 1985-03-15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • 1985-08-20 Harchand Singh Longowai [Sant Ji], Indian Sikh leader and President of the Akali Dal during the Punjab insurgency of the 1980s, assassinated by Sikh extremists less than a month after he signed a peace accord with the government [1]
  • 1985-11-06 Sanjeev Kumar [Harihar Jariwala], Indian Bollywood actor (Angoor, Dastak, Koshish), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1986-02-17 Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Kingdom Happiness), dies at 90
  • 1986-07-06 Jagjivan Ram, Indian independence activist and politician, dies at 78
  • 1987-05-29 Charan Singh, Indian politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (1979-80), dies at 84
  • 1987-09-11 Mahadevi Varma, Indian poet and freedom fighter, dies at 80
  • 1987-10-09 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, dies at 79
  • 1987-10-13 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, dies at 58
  • 1987-12-11 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (RamalKhuna), dies at 64
  • 1988-06-02 Raj Kapoor, Indian actor known as "the greatest showman of Hindi cinema" (Awaara, Boot Polish), dies of complications related to asthma at 63
  • 1990-01-19 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Indian leader of the Rajneesh movement, dies at 58
  • 1990-05-21 Moelvi Mohammed Farouk, Indian spiritual leader, murdered
  • 1990-06-02 Shriram Sharma, Indian spiritual leader and founder of "All World Gayatri Pariwar", dies at 78
  • 1990-07-27 Salim Ali, Indian Ornithologist (Birdman of India), dies at 90
  • 1990-11-07 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), dies of a stroke at 78

Vijaya Lakshmi PanditVijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990)

1990-12-01 Indian diplomat and politician who was the 1st woman to hold a cabinet post in India, dies at 90

  • 1991-02-21 Nutan Bahl, Indian actress (Seema, Bandini), dies of breast cancer at 54
  • 1991-03-23 Parkash Singh, Indian soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1913)

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi (1944-1991)

1991-05-21 Prime Minister of India (1984-89), assassinated at 46 by a suicide bomber from the LTTE

  • 1991-06-14 Peggy Ashcroft, British actress (A passage to India), dies at 83
  • 1992-04-23 Satyajit Ray, Indian director (Distant Thunder, Agantuk), dies at 70
  • 1993-04-05 Divya Bharti, Indian actress in Hindi and Telugu movies (Shola Aur Shabnam; Deewana), dies at 19 of injuries and internal bleeding after falling from balcony of her 5th-floor apartment
  • 1993-04-06 Divya Bharati, "Baby Doll" Indian Bollywood actress (Diwana), dies at 19 by mysteriously falling from her husband's apartment
  • 1993-08-19 Utpal Dutt, Indian actor and director (Manusher Adhikar), dies at 64
  • 1993-11-29 J. R. D. Tata, Indian industrialist (Air-India, Tata Group), dies at 89
  • 1993-11-30 Sebastian Kappen, Indian theologian (b. 1924)
  • 1994-01-04 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), dies at 54
  • 1994-03-01 Manmohan Desai, Indian filmmaker (Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhaag), dies at 57
  • 1994-08-26 Tariq Yunus, Indian actor (Bollywood; Ashanti; Deceivers), dies at 54
  • 1994-08-29 Tushar Kanti Ghosh, Indian journalist and world's oldest and longest serving newspaper editor, dies at 93
  • 1994-12-25 Zail Singh, Indian politician, (7th President of India 1982-87), dies of injuries from a motor accident at 78
  • 1995-04-10 Morarji Desai, Indian politician and activist, 4th Prime Minister of India (1977-79), dies at 99
  • 1995-08-17 Marjorie Sykes, British educator, peace activist, and Indian independence campaigner, dies at 90
  • 1995-08-31 Beant Singh, Prime Minister of Punjab province of India, assassinated at 73
  • 1995-10-01 Aditya Biria, India's 1st global industrialist, dies of cancer at 51
  • 1996-01-18 N T Rama Rao, Prime Minister of Andhra Pradesh India (1983-84, 84-89, 94-95), dies
  • 1996-01-18 Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Indian actor (b. 1923)
  • 1996-02-19 Madhaviah Krishnan, Indian naturalist and wildlife photographer, dies at 83
  • 1996-04-22 Hiteswar Saikia, Indian politician & Chief Minister of Assam (1983-85, 1991-96), dies at 61