Sri Lankan History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 115

  • 1638-05-14 Admiral Adam Westerwolt conquers Batticaloa, Ceylon
  • 1656-04-10 Dutch fleet occupiers Colombo Ceylon
  • 1658-06-23 Dutch troops occupy last Portuguese Fort at Jafnapatnam in Ceylon
  • 1781-11-13 British troops occupy Negapatam, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
  • 1784-05-22 Ceylonese student leader Pieter Quint Ondaatje demands democracy
  • 1815-03-02 Signing of Kandyan treaty by British invaders and Sri Lankan King
  • 1835-10-09 The Royal College, Colombo, established with the name Hillstreet Academy in Sri Lanka
  • 1881-02-26 P&O's SS Ceylon begins world's 1st round-the-world pleasure cruise from Liverpool
  • 1886-11-01 Ananda College, a leading Buddhist school in Sri Lanka was established with 37 students.
  • 1935-12-18 The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon
  • 1942-03-02 Admiral Helfrich departs Java for Ceylon
  • 1948-02-04 Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
  • 1956-04-05 Ceylon's Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), led by S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike wins the general elections in a landslide
  • 1956-04-12 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike's government takes office in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
  • 1958-05-26 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960-07-21 Sirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the world's 1st female head of state in modern times, as Prime Minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)

World's 1st Female Head of State Sirimavo Bandaranaike
World's 1st Female Head of State
Sirimavo Bandaranaike

  • 1964-03-05 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Ceylon due to social unrest
  • 1964-12-23 India & Ceylon hit by cyclone, about 4,850 killed
  • 1965-03-22 D Senanayake wins general elections in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
  • 1966-04-06 Mihir Sen swims Palk Strait between Sri Lanka & India
  • 1971-04-05 Sri Lanka's communist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) launches insurrection against the United Front government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  • 1972-05-22 Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
  • 1974-12-04 Dutch DC-8 charter crashes in Sri Lanka killing 191 Muslim pilgrims
  • 1975-06-07 Sri Lanka's 1st one-day international, v WI Cricket World Cup
  • 1977-07-21 Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike loses general election
  • 1978-08-31 Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
  • 1978-11-15 183 die as Icelandic Airlines DC-8 crashes in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1979-05-02 -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1979-05-10 Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) completes nonstop cycle ride of 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka [From May 2]
  • 1979-06-04 Sri Lanka forfeit ICC Trophy game vs Israel for political reasons
  • 1979-06-18 Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset
  • 1979-06-21 Sri Lanka beat Canada by 60 runs to win the 1st ICC Trophy
  • 1980-05-17 V. S. Kumar Anandan from Sri Lanka balances on one foot for 33 hours (Guinness World Record)
  • 1982-02-17 Commencement of Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket match, v England
  • 1982-03-14 Sidath Wettimuny scores Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket century
  • 1982-03-27 Imran takes 14-116 for cricket match v Sri Lanka at Lahore
  • 1982-09-22 Duleep Mendis completes twin cricket tons for Sri Lanka v India
  • 1982-10-20 Sri Lanka President Jayewardene re-elected
  • 1983-04-22 Start of 1st Sri Lanka-Australia Test Cricket match (at Kandy)
  • 1983-04-23 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* v Sri Lanka
  • 1985-09-11 Sri Lanka score their 1st Test Cricket victory, by 149 runs v India

  • 1985-10-28 Ravi Ratnayeke takes 8-83 for Sri Lanka v Pakistan
  • 1986-12-03 Sri Lanka all out 55 v WI in one-dayer Walsh 5-1 in 4 3 overs
  • 1986-12-22 India score 7-676 v Sri Lanka at Kanpur in Cricket
  • 1987-04-19 Brendon Kuruppu scores 201* on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka v NZ)
  • 1987-04-20 Sri Lanka: Tamils shoot 122 Singalezen dead

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-04-21 Richard Hadlee makes highest Test Cricket score of 151* (v Sri Lanka)

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1987-04-21 Tamil bomb attack in Colombo Sri Lanka, 115 killed
  • 1987-04-22 Sri Lanka Air Force bomb Tamil, 100s killed
  • 1987-05-26 Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka
  • 1987-10-13 West Indies score 4-360 in 50 overs in Cricket World Cup v Sri Lanka
  • 1988-12-20 Premier Ranasinghe Premadasa elected President of Sri Lanka

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-12-26 ODI cricket debut for Australia's Mark Taylor and Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya at the MCG

  • 1990-03-24 Indian troops leave Sri Lanka
  • 1990-08-10 The Massacre of more than 127 Muslims in North East Sri Lanka by paramilitaries.
  • 1990-11-25 India bowl the Sri Lankan cricket team out for 82; Venkatapathy Raju (I) takes 6-12 off 17.5 overs

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1991-02-04 Batsmen Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand for New Zealand v Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • 1991-02-25 Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons v Sri Lanka (122 & 100*)
  • 1991-08-30 Tamil Tigers capture Sri Lanka poet Selvi
  • 1991-12-25 Last day of a washout Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Gujranwala
  • 1992-02-23 Andy Flower scores 115* on ODI debut, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka
  • 1992-02-23 World Cup scoreline Zimbabwe 4-312, Sri Lanka 7-313
  • 1992-04-10 25 die in a bus bombing in Sri Lanka
  • 1992-08-19 Sri Lanka make their highest cricket score ever 8-547 v Australia
  • 1992-08-22 Matthews & Warne spin Australia to a famous win v Sri Lanka
  • 1992-12-09 Sri Lanka's third-ever Test Cricket victory (v NZ by 9 wkts)
  • 1993-03-18 Sri Lanka beat England in Test match by 5 wickets
  • 1993-05-01 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
  • 1994-08-16 Chandrika Kumaratungo's party wins Sri Lanka elections
  • 1994-10-24 Bomb attack on opposition in Sri Lanka, 55+ killed
  • 1994-11-09 Chandrika Kumaratunga chosen 1st female president of Sri Lanka
  • 1995-04-14 India beats Sri Lanka to win the Asia Cricket Cup final in Sharjah
  • 1995-04-28 Sri Lankaan BAE748 crashes at Palaly, 52 die
  • 1995-09-26 Sri Lanka complete 2-1 Test Cricket series win in Pakistan from 0-1
  • 1995-09-29 Saleem Elahi scores century on ODI debut, Pakistan v Sri Lanka
  • 1995-10-16 Brian Lara scores 169 in Sharjah ODI versus Sri Lanka
  • 1995-10-16 ODI in Sharjah WI 7-333 in 50 overs beat Sri Lanka 329 all out
  • 1995-10-20 Sri Lanka beat West Indies to win Sharjah Champions Trophy final
  • 1995-12-05 The Sri Lankan government announces the conquest of Tamil stronghold of Jaffna.
  • 1995-12-10 Michael Slater scores 219 v Sri Lanka at the WACA
  • 1995-12-10 Ricky Ponting makes 96 on Test Cricket debut (Aust v Sri Lanka, WACA)
  • 1996-01-20 Australia defeat Sri Lanka 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1996-01-31 50 people die and many more injured in a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil Tigers
  • 1996-03-06 Aravinda De Silva smashes 145 v Kenya in cricket World Cup at Kandy Sri Lanka score 5-398 in 50 overs in World Cup v Kenya
  • 1996-03-09 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hammers 82 off 44 balls (13x4 3x6) v England in Cricket World Cup Quarter Final
  • 1996-03-13 Sri Lanka beat India in World Cup semi as riots stop play
  • 1996-03-17 Sri Lanka beat Australia by 7 wickets to win the World Cup
  • 1996-04-02 Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out, Sanath Jayasuriya hits ton in 48 balls, world ODI record at Singapore
  • 1996-04-07 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pakistan, Singapore
  • 1996-04-07 Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
  • 1996-09-08 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo
  • 1996-09-28 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team & Sri Lanka
  • 1996-10-04 Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi breaks record for fastest hundred in one-day cricket history; in first ODI innings, Afridi savages Sri Lanka for 102 in KCA Centenary Tournament match in Nairobi; reaches 100 in 37 balls
  • 1997-08-06 Sri Lanka slams world record 952 for 6 in the 1st cricket Test against India in Colombo; Sanath Jayasuriya 340, Roshan Mahanama 225 - record partnership 576
  • 1998-01-25 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others.

KnightedKnighthood

2000-05-26 Arthur C. Clarke is knighted "for services to literature" at a ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • 2004-12-26 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people
  • 2005-08-12 Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) sniper at his home.
  • 2006-07-02 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya (152) and Upul Tharanga (109) compile world record cricket ODI opening stand of 286 vs England at Headingley
  • 2006-07-04 Sri Lanka sets new ODI cricket record score 443-9 in a World Cup win over Netherlands in Amstelveen (Jayasuriya 157, Dilshan 117no)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 113

  • 1606-10-14 Joan Maetsuyker, Dutch governor-general of Ceylon (1653-78), born in Amsterdam (d. 1678)
  • 1651-04-21 Blessed Joseph Vaz, Apostle of Ceylon (d. 1711)
  • 1705-08-08 Gustaaf Imhoff, gov of Ceylon (1736-40)/gov of Neth-Indies (1743-50)
  • 1736-03-23 Iman Willem Falck, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka (d. 1785)
  • 1758-06-18 Pieter PJQ Ondaatje, Ceylon/Dutch jurist/patriot
  • 1821-06-08 Samuel White Baker, English explorer (Ceylon & Egypt), born in London, England (d. 1893)
  • 1824-12-19 Hercules Robinson, British colonial administrator (Ceylon, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa), born in County Westmeath Ireland (d. 1897)
  • 1841-01-25 John Arbuthnot Fisher, Ceylon, 1st Baron Fisher/admiral of the fleet
  • 1885-04-03 St John Philby, British explorer and Arabist, born in Badulla, British Ceylon (d. 1960)
  • 1887-05-09 Sir Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan Philanthropist (d. 1957)
  • 1899-01-08 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, 4th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1956-59), born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1959)
  • 1901-04-17 George Keyt, Sri Lankan painter, born in Ceylon (d. 1993)
  • 1906-09-17 Junius Richard Jayawardene, president (Sri Lanka, 1978-89)
  • 1911-04-27 Colin Gordon, British actor (The Pink Panther, Casino Royale), born in Ceylon (d. 1972)

Person of interestSirimavo Bandaranaike

1916-04-17 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994-2000) and 1st female head of state, born in Ratnapura, British Ceylon (d. 2000)

World's 1st Female Head of State Sirimavo Bandaranaike
World's 1st Female Head of State
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  • 1922-08-23 Brian Young, Chairman (Christian Aid), born in Sri Lanka (d. 2016)
  • 1923-03-01 Duncan White, Ceylon, 400m hurdler (Olympic silver 1948)
  • 1924-06-24 Ranasinghe Premadasa, president of Sri Lanka (1989-93)
  • 1927-09-11 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan pioneer radio broadcaster, born in Kurana, Sri Lanka (d. 2002)
  • 1931-02-16 Gamini Goonesena, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for Ceylon, Notts)
  • 1932-04-12 Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka), born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 2005)
  • 1941-03-21 Malcolm Francke, cricketer (leg-spinner, Ceylon 1956 to Qld 1984)
  • 1941-05-15 Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)
  • 1942-06-11 Somachandra De Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan leg-spinner 1982-84), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 1943-09-12 Michael Ondaatje, Sri Lankan-Canadian poet and writer, born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • 1944-02-22 Ranjit Fernando, Sri Lankan cricket wicketkeeper (1975 World Cup)
  • 1945-06-26 David Heyn, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman 1975 World Cup), born in Colombo
  • 1945-06-29 Chandrika Kumaratunga, first female President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005), born in Colombo, British Ceylon
  • 1946-10-29 Anura Tennekoon, cricketer (Sri Lankan World Cup captain 1975-79)
  • 1948-02-04 Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • 1948-05-11 Nirj Deva, Sri Lankan-British politician
  • 1949-02-07 Sunil Wettimuny, cricket (Sri Lanka open batsman 1975-79 World Cups)
  • 1949-05-25 Lalith Kaluperuma, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1982)
  • 1951-06-11 Mithra Wettimuny, Sri Lankan cricketer (brother of Sidath 2 Tests for SL v NZ 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1951-07-11 Sridharan Jeganathan, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • 1952-08-16 Mahes Goonatillake, cricketer (Sri Lankan keeper in their 1st 5 Tests)
  • 1952-08-25 Duleep Mendis, Sri Lankan cricketer (big-hitting Sri Lankan batsman of 80's), born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • 1952-10-18 Roy Dias, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test batsman)
  • 1952-10-28 Flavian Aponso, cricketer (rebel Sri Lankan 1982, Neth World Cup 1996)
  • 1952-12-12 Ajit De Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan lefty spinner in four Tests 1982)
  • 1953-03-01 Bandula Warnapura, cricketer (1st Sri Lanka Test captain)
  • 1954-02-02 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • 1954-03-08 David Wilkie, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1976), is born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to Scottish parents
  • 1954-03-16 Dav Whatmore, cricketer (Colombo Aust bat 1979, Sri Lanka coach 1995-)
  • 1954-11-26 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan militant leader
  • 1955-12-19 Susil Fernando, cricketer (5 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983)
  • 1956-03-28 Asoka De Silva, Sri Lankan cricket leg-spinner (Sri Lanka in 10 Tests 1985-91), born in Kalutara, Sri Lanka
  • 1956-08-12 Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lanka cricket opener (190 v England Lords 1984)
  • 1956-10-13 Anura Ranasinghe, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman in 3 Tests 1982), born in Kalatura, Sri Lanka
  • 1957-06-23 David Houghton, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 266 v Sri Lanka 1994)
  • 1957-11-08 Yohan Gunasekera, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983)
  • 1957-12-07 Rohan Jayasekera, cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982)
  • 1959-02-15 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • 1959-04-22 Ranjan Madugalle, cricketer (pioneer of Sri Lanka's Test teams)
  • 1959-05-09 Asantha De Mel, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test opening bowler)
  • 1960-02-18 Roger Wijesuriya, cricketer (bowling avg 294 in 4 Tests for Sri Lanka)
  • 1960-05-02 Ravi Ratnayeke, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler & opening batsman), born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • 1960-05-27 Vinodhan John, cricket pace bowler (Sri Lankan in 6 Tests 1983-84)
  • 1960-11-23 Jayananda Warnaweera, cricketer (Sri Lankan fastish off-spin bowler)
  • 1960-12-12 Amal Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88)
  • 1961-01-30 Ranjit Madurasinghe, cricketer (3 Tests for Sri Lanka 1988-92)
  • 1961-08-05 Athula Samarasekera, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman)
  • 1961-10-22 Sanath Kaluperuma, cricketer (four Tests for Sri Lanka 1984-88)
  • 1962-01-05 Brendon Kuruppu, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman, 201* debut v NZ 1987)
  • 1962-08-11 Uvais Karnain, cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI bowler in mid 1980's)
  • 1962-10-12 Dammika Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan batsman 1990), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1962-11-29 Sadanand Viswanath, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (v Sri Lanka 1985-86)
  • 1962-12-19 Charith Senanayake, cricketer (played for Sri Lanka v NZ 1991)
  • 1963-12-01 Arjuna Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman since 1982)
  • 1963-12-03 Ashley De Silva, Sri Lankan Cricket wicketkeeper (1993)
  • 1964-01-02 Rumesh Ratnayake, cricketer (Sri Lankan pacer in 23 Tests 1983-92)
  • 1964-06-07 Graeme Labrooy, cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler in 9 Tests 1986-91)
  • 1964-11-01 Kosala Kuruppuarachchi, cricketer (bowls 2 Tests for Sri Lanka 86-87)
  • 1964-11-23 Kapila Wijegunewardene, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • 1965-01-08 Champaka Ramanayake, cricketer (Sri Lankan opening bowler)
  • 1965-04-07 Kaushik Amalean, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1986-88)
  • 1965-10-17 Pinnaduwage Aravinda De Silva, cricket (Sri Lanka's greatest batsman)
  • 1965-12-27 Gamini Wickremasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lanka wicket-keeper)
  • 1966-01-22 Nishantha Ranatunga, cricket (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan ODI allrounder)
  • 1966-02-25 Don Anurasiri, cricketer (Sri Lankan slow left-armer)
  • 1966-05-31 Roshan Mahanama, cricketer (Sri Lankan opening batsman)
  • 1966-08-01 Ganesh Mylvaganam, cricketer (UAE batsman 1996 World Cup), born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • 1967-06-25 Roshan Jurangpathy, Sri Lankan cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka 1985-86), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1967-07-14 Hashan Tillekeratne, cricketer (Sri Lanka wicket-keeper/batsman)
  • 1968-03-01 Sanjeeva Weerasinghe, cricketer (Test for Sri Lanka v India at 17)
  • 1969-02-02 Ijaz Ahmed Jr, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka 1995)
  • 1969-04-25 Sanjeeva Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman 1994- )

Person of interestSanath Jayasuriya

1969-06-30 Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan cricket opening batsmen (MVP-1996 World Cup), born in Matara, Sri Lanka

  • 1970-02-19 Ruwan Kalpage, cricket off-spinner (Sri Lankan)
  • 1970-07-11 Pubudu Dissanayake, Sri Lanka cricket wicket-keeper (1993)
  • 1970-10-19 Chamara Dunusinghe, cricket wicketkeeper (Sri Lanka 1995)
  • 1970-11-22 Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lankan cricketeer
  • 1971-04-24 Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan off-spinner), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1971-08-06 Piyal Wijetunge, cricketer (Sri Lanka slow left-armer 1993)
  • 1971-08-14 Pramodaya Wickremasinhghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • 1971-12-10 Manjula Munasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI pace bowler)
  • 1972-02-12 Dulip Samaraweera, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan Test opening batsman 1993-), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1972-04-17 Muttiah Muralitharan, cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner)
  • 1972-06-06 Dulip Liyanage, cricketer (Sri Lanka righty fast-medium Test bowler)
  • 1972-11-22 Mavan Atapattu, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman)

Famous Deaths

  • 1678-01-04 Joan Maetsuyker, Dutch governor-general of Ceylon (1653-78), dies at 71
  • 1711-01-16 Joseph Vaz, Apostle of Ceylon (b. 1651)
  • 1732-06-03 Pieter Vuyst, Dutch gov-gen of Ceylon, executed
  • 1750-11-01 Gustaaf W van Imhoff, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1736-40), dies at 45
  • 1785-02-06 Iman Willem Falck, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), dies at 48
  • 1818-04-18 Pieter PJQ Ondaatje, Ceylon/Dutch lawyer, dies at 59
  • 1893-12-30 Samuel White Baker, English explorer (Ceylon & Egypt), dies at 72
  • 1897-10-28 Hercules Robinson, British colonial administrator (Ceylon, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa), dies at 72
  • 1959-09-26 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, 4th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1956-59), assassinated by a Buddhist monk at 60
  • 1980-04-12 Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • 1993-01-16 Sathasivam Krishnakumar, Sri Lanka commander, commits suicide
  • 1993-02-08 N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lankan communist leader
  • 1993-04-23 Lalith Athulathmudali, Sri Lankan minister, murdered at 59
  • 1993-05-01 Ranasinghe Premadasa, pres (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68
  • 1993-07-31 George Keyt, Sri Lankan painter, dies at 92
  • 1994-10-24 Gamini Dissanayake, Sri Lankain presidential candidate, murdered
  • 1995-04-20 Sunil Jayasinghe, Sri Lankan wicketkeeper (1979 World Cup), suicide
  • 1996-05-14 Sritharan Jeganathan, cricketer, 1st Sri Lankan Test player to die
  • 1996-11-01 Junius Richard Jayawardene, PM of Sri Lanka (1977-78), dies at 90
  • 1997-05-04 Vijayananda Dahanayake, PM of Sri Lanka (1959-60), dies

Person of interestSirimavo Bandaranaike

2000-10-10 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994-2000) and 1st female head of state, dies of a heart attack at 84

World's 1st Female Head of State Sirimavo Bandaranaike
World's 1st Female Head of State
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  • 2002-09-23 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan pioneer radio broadcaster, died at 75
  • 2004-09-30 Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor (b. 1936)
  • 2005-04-28 Taraki Sivaram, Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka (b. 1959)
  • 2005-08-12 Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka), dies at 73
  • 2006-11-10 Nadarajah Raviraj, Sri Lankan politician (b. 1962)
  • 2009-05-18 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)
  • 2011-05-26 Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)