Indian History (Part 6)

Today in Indian History

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 748

  • 2000-02-15 Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails
  • 2000-05-10 India's population reaches 1 billion, baby girl Aastha born at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital chosen as symbolic billionth
  • 2000-05-11 India's population officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby
  • 2000-11-15 New state of Jharkhand comes into existence in India
  • 2001-01-26 An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.
  • 2001-05-21 The Enron Corporation's power generating venture in India, the Dabhol Power Company, serves formal notice that it will terminate its power supply contract and pull out

Film Premiere

2001-06-15 Indian epic "Laagan" directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, starring Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh premieres

  • 2001-06-18 Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India

Film & TV History

2001-09-10 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan is awarded Actor of the Century at the Alexandria Film Festival

  • 2001-09-21 University of Roorkee, becomes India's 7th Indian Institute of Technology, rechristened as IIT Roorkee
  • 2001-12-13 Indian Parliament Sansad attacked by terrorists. 15 people killed, including all terrorists
  • 2002-05-03 A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
  • 2002-07-15 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is elected 11th President of India (results announced 18th July)
  • 2003-02-23 49th National Film Awards (India): "Dweepa" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2003-05-16 Calcutta high court rules Calcutta does not have a birthday and that British East India employee Job Charnock is not the city's founder as previously claimed
  • 2003-06-05 A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region
  • 2003-10-17 Eunuchs in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics.
  • 2003-11-18 The congress of the Communist Party of Indian Union (Marxist-Leninist) decides to merge the party into Kanu Sanyal's CPI(ML).
  • 2003-11-26 India accepts Pakistan's offer of a ceasefire in Kashmir
  • 2003-12-29 50th National Film Awards (India): "Mondo Meyer Upakhyan" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2004-03-23 Andhra Pradesh Federation of Trade Unions holds its first conference in Hyderabad, India

Historic Event

2004-05-22 Manmohan Singh becomes the 13th Prime Minister of India

  • 2004-06-06 Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.
  • 2004-09-17 Tamil is declared the first classical language in India.
  • 2004-09-21 The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merge to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
  • 2005-01-25 A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258
  • 2005-02-03 51st National Film Awards (India): "Shwaas" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2005-07-26 Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days
  • 2005-10-21 52nd National Film Awards (India): "Page 3" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2006-07-06 The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years
  • 2006-07-11 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India
  • 2007-07-25 Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's 1st female President
  • 2007-09-14 53rd National Film Awards (India): "Kaalpurush" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2007-10-27 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Monmouth Park; Day 2 winners: Indian Blessing, War Pass, Lahudood, Midnight Lute, Kip Deville, Ginger Punch, English Channel, Curlin
  • 2008-08-11 Abhinav Bindra wins men's 10m air rifle at the Beijing Olympics, the first ever individual Olympic gold medal for India, and India's first gold medal in any Olympic event since 1980
  • 2008-09-02 54th National Film Awards (India): "Pulijanmam" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2008-10-22 India launches its first unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1.
  • 2008-11-26 Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India: Ten coordinated attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists kill 164 and injure more than 250 people in Mumbai, India.
  • 2009-10-21 55th National Film Awards (India): "Kanchivaram" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2010-02-13 A bombing at the German Bakery in Pune, India, kills 10 and injures 60 more.
  • 2010-03-20 56th National Film Awards (India): "Antaheen" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2010-10-03 19th Commonwealth Games open in Delhi, India
  • 2010-10-22 57th National Film Awards (India): "Kutty Srank" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2011-01-14 Stampede near Sabarimala in Kerala, India kills 104 devotees and injures 100 more
  • 2011-09-09 58th National Film Awards (India): "Adaminte Makan Abu" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2012-04-30 Overloaded ferry in the Brahmaputra River, India, killing 103 people
  • 2012-05-03 59th National Film Awards (India): "Deool" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2012-05-22 14 people die and 30 are injured in train collision in India
  • 2012-06-14 An explosion at an Indian steel plant kills 11 people and severely injures 16
  • 2012-06-16 30 people are killed and 15 injured after a bus falls into a gorge in Osmanabad, India
  • 2012-06-22 Cult Bollywood film "Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1" directed by Anurag Kashyap is released in India
  • 2012-06-29 16 Naxalite Maoist insurgents in India are killed by police
  • 2012-07-02 Monsoon rain in East India kills at least 79 people and leaves 2.2 million homeless
  • 2012-07-22 Pranab Mukherjee is elected 13th President of India
  • 2012-07-30 Indian power grid failure leaves over 300 million without electricity
  • 2012-07-30 Train fire kills 32 and injures 27 people in Andhra Pradesh, India
  • 2012-07-31 A second power grid failure in India in two days leaves 670 million people without power
  • 2012-08-23 At least 30 are killed as a result of monsoon rain in Rajasthan, India
  • 2012-11-25 16 people are killed and 44 injured after a wedding party bus plunges 300 ft down a gorge in India
  • 2012-12-16 A gang rape of a woman on a bus in India that resulted in her death leads to national and international outrage
  • 2013-02-10 36 people are killed and 39 are injured in a stampede at a train station in Allahabad, India
  • 2013-02-21 21 people are killed and 54 are injured in a bombing in Hyderabad, India
  • 2013-02-27 20 people are killed in a market fire in Calcutta, India
  • 2013-03-04 11 children are killed after a bus collides a truck in the Jalandhar district, India
  • 2013-03-19 27 people are killed and 14 are injured in a bus crash in Maharashtra, India
  • 2013-04-04 74 people are killed after an illegally constructed building collapses in Thane, India
  • 2013-04-04 9 people have been killed on an axe-murdering rampage in Chhattisgarh state, India
  • 2013-04-30 Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna is declared "The First Superstar of Indian cinema" at the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards
  • 2013-05-03 60th National Film Awards (India): "Paan Singh Tomar" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2013-05-07 8 people are killed and a dozen are injured after bear attacks in Orissa, India
  • 2013-05-08 33 people are killed after an overloaded bus falls into a river in Himachal Pradesh, India
  • 2013-06-05 44 people are killed by a lightning storm in Bihar, India
  • 2013-06-07 18 people are killed and 14 are injured after a bus plunges off a mountain road in Himachel Pradesh, India
  • 2013-06-14 Massive flooding occurs in northern India killing up to 10,000 people
  • 2013-07-08 A dozen people are killed and injured after a hotel collapses in Hyderabad, India
  • 2013-07-16 27 children are killed and 25 are hospitalized after eating lunch contaminated with insecticide in India
  • 2013-07-30 9 children are killed and 20 are injured after a school bus collides with a truck in Hanumangarh, India
  • 2013-08-18 6 people are killed by a bomb blast on a bus in West Bengal, India
  • 2013-08-19 37 pilgrims are killed in a train accident in India
  • 2013-09-27 60 people are killed after a building collapses in Mumbai, India
  • 2013-10-13 109 people are killed in a stampede on a bridge in Datia district, Madhya Pradesh, India

Sports History

2013-10-27 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit to clinch his 4th straight F1 World Drivers Championship; 6th consecutive GP victory

  • 2013-10-30 44 people are killed after a bus catches fire in Mahbubnagar, India
  • 2013-11-11 4 people are killed and 8 are injured after a building catches fire in Mumbai, India
  • 2013-11-15 5 people are killed and 10 are injured after a train derails in Nashik, India
  • 2014-01-02 30 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff and falls 400 ft in Malshej Ghat, India
  • 2014-01-04 14 people are killed after a three-story building construction site collapses in Goa, India
  • 2014-02-04 10 people are killed & 35 injured after a bus falls into a ravine in Pune, India
  • 2014-05-03 61st National Film Awards (India): "Ship of Theseus" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2014-05-17 The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India

Historic Event

2014-05-26 Narendra Modi becomes the 15th Prime Minister of India

  • 2014-06-02 Telangana with Hyderabad as it's capital becomes India's 29th state after it is separated from Andhra Pradesh
  • 2014-09-04 Monsoon rains begin and cause flooding over a sustained period that kills over 400 people in India & Pakistan
  • 2015-05-03 62nd National Film Awards (India): "Court" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2015-05-29 Heat wave in India centered in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states is reported to have killed 1800 people in a week
  • 2015-06-21 94 people die & 45 are hospitalized after drinking moonshine in Mumbai, India
  • 2015-08-04 31 people are killed and 100 are injured after floods partially sweep two passenger trains off a bridge in Madhya Pradesh, India
  • 2015-08-05 Torrential rains and flooding leave at least 178 people dead in India, in the wake of Cyclone Komen

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 701

  • 1957-08-03 Mani Shankar, Indian filmmaker, born in Guntur, India
  • 1957-09-23 Kumar Sanu, Indian playback singer
  • 1957-10-15 Mira Nair, Indian-American filmmaker (Monsoon Wedding), born in Rourkela, Odisha, India
  • 1958-02-01 Jackie Shroff, Indian actor, born in Udgir, India
  • 1958-04-03 Jaya Prada, Indian actress (Sargam) and politician, born in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • 1959-05-03 Uma Bharati, Indian politician, Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation, born in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • 1959-06-04 Anil Ambani, Indian businessman (Reliance Group), born in Bombay, Maharashtra State, India
  • 1959-07-29 Sanjay Dutt, Indian actor (Vaastav), born in Bombay, India
  • 1959-08-29 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian Telugu actor and producer (Ninne Pelladata), born in Madras, India
  • 1959-12-24 Anil Kapoor, Indian producer and actor (Slumdog Millionaire, Taal, Maulana Jutt, Tezaab, Beta), born in Bombay, India
  • 1960-01-03 Sandeep Marwah Founder of Film City, Noida, India
  • 1960-05-21 Mohanlal, Indian actor, born in Elanthoor, India
  • 1960-06-10 Balakrishna Nandamuri, Indian actor and politician, born in Madras, India
  • 1960-12-13 Venkatesh Daggubati, Indian actor, born in Karamchedu, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • 1961-01-07 Supriya Pathak, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1961-02-21 Abhijit Banerjee, American economist, 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1961-04-18 Pamella Bordes, British parliament escort, former Miss India and photographer, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1961-04-25 Dinesh D'Souza, Indian-American author (2016: Obama's America), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1961-05-04 Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) poet, born in Kolkata, India
  • 1961-05-26 Tarsem Singh, Indian film director, born in Jalandhar, India
  • 1961-06-05 Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star (Davis Cup 1987), born in Chennai, India
  • 1961-06-27 Meera Syal, British-Indian comedienne and actress (Goodness Gracious Me), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
  • 1961-07-01 Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut (STS 87) and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space, born in Karnal, East Punjab, India (d. 2003)
  • 1961-07-21 Amar Singh Chamkila [Dhanni Ram], Punjabi folk singer "The Elvis of Punjab", born in Dugri, Punjab, India (d. 1988)
  • 1961-08-13 Sunil Shetty, Indian actor and producer (Khel – No Ordinary Game), born in Mulki, Mysore State, India

Chanda KochharChanda Kochhar (61 years old)

1961-11-17 Indian business woman (CEO of ICICI Bank), born in Jodhpur, India

  • 1961-11-24 Arundhati Roy, Indian activist and writer (The God of Small Things), born in Shillong, Meghalaya
  • 1962-09-30 Shaan [Shantanu Mukherjee], Bengali playback and pop singer-songwriter, actor, and TV personality (The Voice India), born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • 1963-02-24 Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Indian Bollywood director (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1963-04-02 Mike Gascoyne, British motor racing engineer, designer, writer (McLaren, Sauber, Tyrrell, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Force India) and broadcaster (BBC 5 Live, Sky Sports), born in Norwich, England
  • 1963-08-10 Phoolan Devi, Indian bandit and revolutionary (d. 2001)

Sridevi KapoorSridevi Kapoor (1963-2018)

1963-08-13 Indian actress and film producer referred to as Indian cinema's "first female superstar" (Himmatwala, Solva Sawan), born in Sivakasi, Madras State

  • 1963-08-17 S. Shankar, Indian film director (Gentleman, Indian, Jeans), born in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1964-01-31 Remi Bouchard, Canadian composer (1989 India Open), born in Manitoba, Canada
  • 1964-02-19 Sonu Walia, Indian actress

Aamir KhanAamir Khan (57 years old)

1965-03-14 Indian Bollywood actor, director and talk show host (3 Idiots, Lagaan, PK), born in Mumbai, India

  • 1965-06-01 India Allen, American Playboy playmate (December 1987, Playmate of the year 1988), born in Portsmouth Virginia
  • 1965-09-02 Partho Sen-Gupta, Indian filmmaker

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

Salman KhanSalman Khan (56 years old)

1965-12-27 Indian actor (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), born in Indore, India

  • 1966-01-06 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer, born in Madras, India
  • 1966-03-05 Aasif Mandvi [Mandviwala], British-American comedian, actor, and writer (The Mystic Masseur; The Daily Show, 2006-15; Today's Special), born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India
  • 1966-03-20 Alka Yagnik, Indian singer
  • 1966-04-17 Vikram [Kennedy John Victor], Indian actor (I), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1966-05-03 Firdous Bamji, Indian-American actor (The War Within), born in Bombay, India
  • 1966-08-28 Priya Dutt, Indian social worker and politician, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1966-09-28 Puri Jagannadh, Indian film director ( Pokiri), born in Pithapuram, Andhra Pradesh
  • 1967-01-07 Irrfan Khan, Indian film producer & actor (Paan Singh Tomar, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi), born in Jaipur, India
  • 1967-01-26 Pradip Somasundaran, Indian playback singer, born in Thrissur, India
  • 1967-01-27 Bobby Deol, Indian actor
  • 1967-02-01 Patle Shishupal Natthu, Indian politician, born in Bhandara, India
  • 1967-02-12 Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician, born in Mysore, India
  • 1967-05-15 Madhuri Dixit, Indian actress
  • 1967-08-15 Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Indian spiritual leader and filmmaker, born in Sri Gurusar Modia
  • 1967-08-18 Daler Mehndi, Indian pop and Bhangra singer-songwriter, and record producer, born in Patna, India

Satya NadellaSatya Nadella (55 years old)

1967-08-19 Indian-American businessman (CEO of Microsoft), born in Hyderabad, India

  • 1967-09-09 Akshay Kumar, Indian actor, producer, stuntman and TV personality (Rustom, Baby, Hera Pheri), born in Amritsar, Punjab
  • 1967-11-13 Juhi Chawla, Indian actress
  • 1968-01-26 Ravi Teja, Indian film actor, born in Jaggampeta, India
  • 1968-02-09 Rahul Roy, Indian actor
  • 1968-03-16 Ananya Khare, Indian actress and teacher
  • 1968-04-19 Arshad Warsi, Indian film actor (Lage Raho Munna Bhai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • 1968-09-29 Samir Soni, Indian actor (Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka)
  • 1968-12-15 Javid Hussain, Indian film producer

Ajay DevganAjay Devgan (53 years old)

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

  • 1969-04-23 Manoj Bajpayee [Bajpai], Indian actor (Satya, Road), born in Narkatiaganj, Bihar
  • 1969-12-11 Vishwanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster, born in Mayiladuthurai, India
  • 1970-05-30 Ness Wadia, Indian industrialist
  • 1970-06-01 R. Madhavan, Indian actor (Run, 3 Idiots), born in Jamshedpur, India
  • 1970-06-19 Rahul Gandhi, Indian politician
  • 1970-08-06 M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American film director (The Sixth Sense), born in Mahé, India
  • 1970-08-16 Manisha Koirala, Indian actress
  • 1970-08-16 Saif Ali Khan, Indian actor
  • 1970-08-27 Tony Kanal, Indian-American bassist and songwriter (No Doubt - "Don't Speak"), born in Kingsbury, London, England
  • 1970-09-01 Padma Lakshmi, Indian actress
  • 1970-10-26 Raveena Tandon, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1971-05-01 Ajith Kumar, Indian film actor
  • 1971-06-15 Bif Naked [Beth Torbert], Canadian singer-songwriter ("Spaceman") and actress, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1971-09-02 Pawan Kalyan, Indian actor
  • 1971-11-01 Vikram Chatwal, Indian hotelier and actor (Hope and a Little Sugar), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 1971-12-18 Barkha Dutt, Indian journalist
  • 1972-01-12 Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of Rajiv Gandhi, born in Delhi, India

Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai (50 years old)

1972-07-10 Indian American tech executive, head of Google (2015-) and Alphabet (2019-), born in Madurai, India

  • 1972-08-27 Dalip Singh, Indian professional wrestler
  • 1972-09-10 Anurag Kashyap, Indian film director, writer, producer and actor (Gangs of Wasseypur, Satya, Black Friday), born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1972-11-04 Tabu [Tabassum Hashmi], Indian actress (Maachis), born in Hyderabad, India
  • 1972-11-09 Laxmi Poruri, American tennis star (1994 Futures-College Park), born in Guntur, India
  • 1972-11-26 Arjun Rampal, Indian actor (Rock On!!), born in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • 1972-12-17 John Abraham, Indian actor
  • 1973-01-02 Chris Woodruff, American tennis player and coach (Indian Wells 1999 semi-finals; coach University of Tennessee), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1973-06-17 Leander Paes, Indian tennis player, born in Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • 1973-07-08 Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Indian founder and CEO of mobile payments company Paytm, born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1973-07-23 Himesh Reshammiya, Indian Bollywood composer, singer and actor (Aashiq Banaya Aapne), born in Gujarat, India
  • 1973-07-30 Sonu Nigam, Indian playback singer, born in Haryana, India
  • 1973-08-23 Malaika Arora Khan, Indian actress and model, born in Thane, India
  • 1973-09-01 Ram Kapoor, Indian actor (Kasamh Se), born in Jalandhar, India

Aishwarya RaiAishwarya Rai (49 years old)

1973-11-01 Indian actress and beauty queen (Miss World 1994), born in Mangaluru, India

  • 1974-01-09 Farhan Akhtar, Indian Bollywood film director & actor, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1974-01-10 Hrithik Roshan, Indian actor & dancer (Bang Bang!, Fiza, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 1974-02-25 Divya Bharti, Indian actress who starred in Hindi and Telugu movies in the early 1990s (Shola Aur Shabnam, Deewana), born in Mumbai, Maharastra, India (d. 1993)

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