Sri Lankan History

Historical Events

  • 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

Election of Interest

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

  • 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 Dudley Senanayake wins his third in 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 Chasing the West Indies 248/5, Sri Lanka is sensationally dismissed for just 55 in cricket's Champions Trophy in Sharjah; Windies pace bowler Courtney Walsh takes 5 for 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 Lankan Civil War: Tamils shoot 122 Sinhalese dead

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

World Record

1991-02-04 NZ cricketers Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand, against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

  • 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 Cricketer Andy Flower scores 115* on ODI debut as Zimbabwe lose to Sri Lanka
  • 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

Sports History

1992-08-22 Greg Matthews (4/76) & Shane Warne (3/11) spin Australia to a famous 16-run win v Sri Lanka in 1st cricket Test in Colombo

  • 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

Sports History

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 Australian cricket opening batsman Michael Slater scores career high 219 (15 x 4, 5 x 6) in innings and 36 run, 1st Test win v Sri Lanka in Perth
  • 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 Cricket World Cup, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan: Aravinda de Silva scores 107 no and takes 3/42 as Sri Lanka beats Australia by 7 wickets; Sanath Jayasuriya, Player of Series
  • 1996-04-02 Sri Lankan cricket batsman Sanath Jayasuriya hits century in 48 balls (134 off 65), in 34 run win over Pakistan in Singapore; world ODI record
  • 1996-04-07 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pakistan, Singapore
  • 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.
  • 1999-10-04 Rain prevents play on the final day of the 3rd cricket Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Colombo; despite 105 from Ricky Ponting, Sri Lanka wins first ever Test series v Australia

Knighthood

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

Boxing Day Tsunami

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)
  • 2006-11-10 Sri Lankan Tamil Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj assassinated in Colombo.
  • 2009-03-03 The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for 2nd Test against Pakistan; match abandoned

Famous Birthdays

  • 1606-10-14 Joan Maetsuyker, Dutch governor-general of Ceylon (1653-78), born in Amsterdam (d. 1678)
  • 1651-04-21 Joseph Vaz, Oratorian priest and missionary in Ceylon, born in Benaulim, Goa, Portuguese India (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 Quint Ondaatje, Dutch jurist and politician, born in Colombo (d. 1818)
  • 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 Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher, British admiral, born in Ramboda, Sri Lanka (d. 1920)
  • 1885-04-03 St John Philby, British explorer and Arabist, born in Badulla, British Ceylon (d. 1960)
  • 1887-11-26 Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan business magnate and philanthropist, born in Colombo, British Ceylon (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 J. R. [Junius Richard] Jayawardene, 2nd President of Sri Lanka (1978-89) and 7th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1977-78), born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1996)
  • 1911-04-27 Colin Gordon, British actor (The Pink Panther, Casino Royale), born in Ceylon (d. 1972)

Sirimavo 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)

  • 1918-03-01 Duncan White, Ceylonese athlete (first Olympic medallist from Ceylon, silver 400m hurdles 1948), born in Lathpandura, Sri Lanka (d. 1998)
  • 1922-08-23 Brian Young, Chairman (Christian Aid), born in Sri Lanka (d. 2016)
  • 1924-06-24 Ranasinghe Premadasa, President of Sri Lanka (1989-93), born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1993)
  • 1927-09-11 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan pioneer radio broadcaster, born in Kurana, Sri Lanka (d. 2002)
  • 1931-02-16 Gamini Goonesena, Sri Lankan cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for Ceylon, Notts), born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • 1932-04-12 Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka), born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 2005)
  • 1938-12-13 Tony Gomez, British rock keyboardist (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"; "Build Me Up Buttercup"), born in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) (d. 2015)
  • 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 wicket-keeper (1975 World Cup), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1945-06-26 David Heyn, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (18 x unofficial tests; 2 ODIs; Nondescripts CC), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1945-06-29 Chandrika Kumaratunga, first female President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005), born in Colombo, British Ceylon
  • 1946-10-29 Anura Tennekoon, Sri Lankan cricketer (World Cup captain 1975-79), born in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
  • 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, Sri Lankan cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1982), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 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)
  • 1951-09-03 Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lankan politician, President of Sri Lanka (2015-), born in Yagoda, Sri Lanka
  • 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)
  • 1952-12-12 Ajit De Silva, Sri Lankan cricket spin bowler (4 Tests), born in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
  • 1953-03-01 Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (4 Tests; first SL Test captain; 12 ODIs; Bloomfield CC), born in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka (d. 2021)
  • 1954-02-02 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • 1954-03-08 David Wilkie MBE, Scottish swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1976; World C 'ship gold 200m breaststroke 1973, 75, 100m 1975), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1954-03-16 Dav Whatmore, Australian cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 50s; Victoria) and coach (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1954-11-26 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, born in Valvettithurai, Dominion of Ceylon (d. 2009)
  • 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, Sri Lankan cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1957-12-07 Rohan Jayasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1959-02-15 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • 1959-04-22 Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lankan cricket batsman and captain (21 Tests, 1 x 100, 7 x 50; 63 ODIs) and ICC match referee (77 Tests, 169 ODIs), born in Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • 1959-05-09 Asantha De Mel, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test opening bowler)
  • 1960-02-18 Roger Wijesuriya, Sri Lankan cricketer (bowling avg 294 in 4 Tests for Sri Lanka), born in Moratuwa, 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, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan fastish off-spin bowler), born in Matara, Sri Lanka
  • 1960-12-12 Amal Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88), born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • 1961-01-30 Ranjit Madurasinghe, Sri Lankan cricketer (3 Tests for Sri Lanka 1988-92), born in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
  • 1961-08-05 Athula Samarasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer and coach (Sri Lankan batsman), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 1961-10-22 Sanath Kaluperuma, Sri Lankan cricket all-rounder (4 Tests; 2 ODIs; Bloomfield CC), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1962-01-05 Brendon Kuruppu, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman, 201* debut v NZ 1987), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 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, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (93 Tests, 269 ODIs) and politician (MP 2004-present), born in Gampaha, Sri Lanka
  • 1963-12-03 Ashley De Silva, Sri Lankan cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests; 4 ODIs), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1964-01-02 Rumesh Ratnayake, Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler (23 Tests, 73 wickets; 70 ODIs), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1964-06-07 Graeme Labrooy, Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 27 wickets; 44 ODIs; chairman of selectors; international match referee), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1964-11-01 Kosala Kuruppuarachchi, Sri Lankan cricket spin bowler (2 Tests; best 5-44 1986), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1964-11-23 Kapila Wijegunewardene, Sri Lankan cricketer (fast-medium bowler), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1965-01-08 Champaka Ramanayake, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan opening bowler), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 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, Sri Lankan cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan ODI allrounder), born in Gampaha, Sri Lanka
  • 1966-02-25 Don Anurasiri, cricketer (Sri Lankan slow left-armer)
  • 1966-05-31 Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (52 Tests, 4 x 100, HS 225; 213 ODIs; Colombo CC, Bloomfield CC), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1967-06-25 Roshan Jurangpathy, Sri Lankan cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 1 wicket; Colombo CC), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1967-07-14 Hashan Tillekeratne, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lanka wicket-keeper/batsman)
  • 1969-02-02 Ijaz Ahmed Jr, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka 1995)
  • 1969-04-25 Sanjeeva Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman 1994-97), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sanath 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, Sri Lankan cricket off-spinner
  • 1970-07-11 Pubudu Dissanayake, Sri Lanka cricket wicket-keeper (1993)
  • 1970-10-19 Chamara Dunusinghe, cricket wicket-keeper (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, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler), born in Matara, Sri Lanka
  • 1971-12-10 Manjula Munasinghe, Sri Lankan-Australian cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI pace bowler), born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • 1972-02-12 Dulip Samaraweera, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan Test opening batsman 1993-), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1972-04-17 Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner), born in Kandy, Ceylon
  • 1972-06-06 Dulip Liyanage, Sri Lankan cricketer (right armed fast-medium Test bowler)
  • 1972-11-22 Mavan Atapattu, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman)
  • 1973-06-02 Jayantha Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test left-arm spinner 1995)

Famous Deaths

  • 1678-01-04 Joan Maetsuyker, Dutch governor-general of Ceylon (1653-78), dies at 71
  • 1711-01-16 Joseph Vaz, Oratorian priest and missionary in Ceylon, dies at 59
  • 1732-06-03 Pieter Vuyst, Dutch Governor of Ceylon, executed in Batavia after being convicted of multiple murders and other crimes at about 41
  • 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 Quint Ondaatje, Dutch jurist & politician, 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, President of Sri Lanka (1989-93), assassinated by the Tamil Tigers 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 J. R. [Junius Richard] Jayawardene, 2nd President of Sri Lanka (1978-89) and 7th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1977-78), dies at 90
  • 1997-05-04 Vijayananda Dahanayake, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1959-60), dies

Sirimavo 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

  • 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, dies at 45
  • 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 & leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 54
  • 2011-05-26 Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)