Indian History (Part 2)

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Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 744

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

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

48th Shia Imam Aga Khan III
48th Shia Imam
Aga Khan III
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi

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

AssassinationAssassination Attempt on Lord Charles Hardinge

1912-12-23 Indian revolutionary underground in Bengal and Punjab, headed by Rash Behari Bose attempts to assassinate the Viceroy of India, Lord Hardinge by throwing a homemade bomb into the Viceroys's Howdah (elephant carriage) during a ceremonial procession through the streets of Delhi. Although wounded, the Viceroy survives. Investigations lead to the Delhi conspiracy trial.
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An assassination attempt on Lord Charles Hardinge (1858-1944) Viceroy of India, illustration from 'Le Petit Journal'
An assassination attempt on Lord Charles Hardinge (1858-1944) Viceroy of India, illustration from 'Le Petit Journal'
  • 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
  • 1916-08-01 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928-08-30 Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 1928-10-28 Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai injured leading silent protest against visiting British commission in Lahore (dies of injuries 17th November)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • 1929-01-26 Indian National Congress proclaims goal for India's independence

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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
  • 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 independece fighters Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar are hung 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 Mohandas 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 hits Quetta in Balochistan, British Raj (Pakistan) killing an estimated 50,000 people
  • 1936-02-08 Pandit Jawaharlal suceeds 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 All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland
  • 1940-03-23 The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of 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

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

Jurist and Social Reformer B.R. Ambedkar
Jurist and Social Reformer
B.R. Ambedkar
  • 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 Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 132 on first day of 3rd Test v India; follows up with 127no in 2nd innings; Australia wins by 233
  • 1948-01-01 Orissa province accedes to India
  • 1948-01-01 After partition, India declines to pay the agreed share of Rs.550 million in cash balances to Pakistan.
  • 1948-01-03 Australian cricket batting maestro Don Bradman completes dual Test centuries (132 & 127* [26th Test 100]) in 3rd Test v India in Melbourne
  • 1948-01-23 Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six
  • 1948-01-23 Test debut of Neil Harvey, v India at Adelaide
  • 1948-01-24 Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)
  • 1948-04-15 Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 698

  • 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 sufi (founder of the Sufi Order in the West (London) in 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)
  • 1884-12-03 Rajendra Prasad, Indian leader, First President of India (1950-62), born in Zeradai, British India (d. 1963)
  • 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 Philip Merivale, British actor (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Nothing But Trouble), born in Rehutia, Manickpur, India (d. 1946)
  • 1886-11-02 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician, born in Ramrail, Tipperah, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1971)
  • 1887-02-26 Benegal Narsing Rau, India, President of UN Security Council (1950)
  • 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)
  • 1888-11-07 Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Indian physicist (Nobel Prize 1930 for light scattering), born in Tiruchirappalli, India (d. 1970)
  • 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)

Person of interestJawaharlal Nehru

1889-11-14 Jawaharlal Nehru, 1st Prime Minister of India (1947-64) and important leader of the Indian independence movement, born in Allahabad, North-Western Provinces, British India (d. 1964)

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 1891-03-24 John Knittel, Swiss writer, born in Dharwar, India (d. 1970)

Person of interestB.R. Ambedkar

1891-04-14 B.R. Ambedkar [Baba Saheb], Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Constitution of India) and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement, born in Mhow, India (d. 1956)

Jurist and Social Reformer B.R. Ambedkar
Jurist and Social Reformer
B.R. Ambedkar
  • 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)
  • 1893-06-29 Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, Indian scientist and applied statistician (Mahalanobis distance), whose birthdate is celebrated annually in India as "National Statistics Day", born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 1972)

Person of interestFatima Jinnah

1893-07-30 Fatima Jinnah, Mother of Pakistan, sister and close adviser of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, born in Karachi, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1967)

Mother of Pakistan Fatima Jinnah
Mother of Pakistan
Fatima Jinnah
  • 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)

Person of interestEdward VIII

1894-06-23 Edward VIII, 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 (d. 1972)

King of the United Kingdom Edward VIII
King of the United Kingdom
Edward VIII
  • 1894-07-19 Khawaja Nazimuddin, 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of Pakistan Muslim League, born in Dacca, Bengal, British India (d. 1965)
  • 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)
  • 1895-10-01 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 (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 (d. 1999)
  • 1898-07-04 Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian politician and economist, temporary Prime Minster 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)

Person of interestLord Mountbatten

1900-06-25 Louis Mountbatten, British naval officer and statesman, last Viceroy of India (1947), born in Windsor, England (d. 1979)

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten

Person of interestVijaya Lakshmi Pandit

1900-08-18 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Indian diplomat and politician, born in Allahabad, India (d. 1990)

Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Indian Politician and Diplomat
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • 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)

Person of interestGeorge Orwell

1903-06-25 George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair], British author (Animal Farm, 1984), born in Motihari, British India (d. 1950)

  • 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)

Person of interestT. H. White

1906-05-29 T. H. White, English novelist (England Have My Bones) and author of the King Arthur novels,, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1964)

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

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
  • 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)

Person of interestBhagat Singh

1907-09-27 Bhagat Singh, Indian freedom fighter, born in Jaranwala Tehsil, Punjab (d. 1931)

Indian Independence Fighter Bhagat Singh
Indian Independence Fighter
Bhagat Singh
  • 1907-09-28 Bhagat Singh, Indian activist (d. 1931)
  • 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, Ootacamund, India, British diplomat
  • 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)
  • 1910-07-03 Eric Franklin, Indian civil servant

Person of interestMother Teresa

1910-08-26 Mother Teresa [Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu], Albanian-born Indian nun and founder of Missionaries of Charity (Nobel Peace Prize, 1979), born in Skopje, Ottoman Empire (d. 1997)

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • 1910-10-19 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, India, astrophysicist (Nobel 1983)
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 349

  • 1958-02-22 Abul Kalam Azad, 1st Minister of Education in the Indian government, dies at 69
  • 1959-12-23 Edward FLW Halifax, English viscount/viceroy of India, dies at 78
  • 1962-04-12 M. Visvesvaraya, Indian civil engineer and statesman (19th Diwan of the Mysore Kingdom), dies at 100
  • 1963-02-28 Rajendra Prasad, Indian leader, First 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

Person of interestJawaharlal Nehru

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

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 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, actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster)
  • 1970-04-20 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, dies at 53

Person of interestE. M. Forster

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

Writer and Novelist E. M. Forster
Writer and Novelist
E. M. Forster
  • 1970-07-24 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist, dies at 73
  • 1970-11-21 Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, 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
  • 1972-06-28 Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, 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 (b. 1918)
  • 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 Richard [The Mother], French-born Indian spiritual leader (Sri Aurobindo), 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 musician (b. 1906)
  • 1976-08-27 Mukesh, Indian playback singer (b. 1923)
  • 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

MurderLord Mountbatten

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

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten
  • 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 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras

MurderIndira Gandhi

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

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • 1984-11-27 Percy Norris, deputy high commissioner of India, shot dead
  • 1985-03-15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • 1985-11-06 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 1987
  • 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

Person of interestVijaya Lakshmi Pandit

1990-12-01 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Indian diplomat and politician, dies at 90

Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Indian Politician and Diplomat
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • 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)

MurderRajiv Gandhi

1991-05-21 Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minster (1984-89), assassinated at 46 by a suicide bomber from the LTTE

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Indian Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi
  • 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 who starred in Hindi and Telugu movies in the early 1990s (Shola Aur Shabnam, Deewana), dies at 19 of head injures and internal bleeding after falling from the balcony window 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 JRD Tata, Indies industrialist (Air-India), 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 (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
  • 1995-08-31 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
  • 1996-05-20 Janaki Ramachandran, Indian politician, Chief Minister of Indian state of Tamil Nadu (1988), dies at 72
  • 1996-06-01 Sanjiva Reddy, Indian politician, sixth President of India (1977-82), dies at 83
  • 1996-07-19 Pran Nath Chhuttani, Indian physician and teacher, dies at 81
  • 1996-07-29 Aruna Asaf Ali, Indian independence activist and politician (first Mayor of Delhi), dies at 88