Sri Lankan History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 2009-05-18 Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
  • 2009-05-19 Sri Lanka announces victory in its 25-year war against the terrorist organization, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
  • 2010-08-07 Hampered by a back injury Indian cricket batsman VVS Laxman scores a brave, unbeaten 103 to guide India to a 5 wicket win v Sri Lanka in Colombo; draw series
  • 2011-11-25 Sudden violent storms strike southern Sri Lanka, killing 27 people and drowning many fishermen caught by surprise. Thousands of homes lose their roofs and several more sustain damage. Landslides along with flooding was reported on the mainland.
  • 2012-11-10 27 people are killed and dozens injured in a prison conflict in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2013-04-04 Poecilotheria rajaei, a giant tarantula with a 20cm leg span, is discovered in Sri Lanka
  • 2014-11-13 Indian cricket batsman Rohit Sharma sets new world ODI record of 264 runs off 173 balls against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata
  • 2015-09-01 India scores their first Test cricket series victory in Sri Lanka since 1993 winning 3rd Test in Colombo by 117 runs; Ravichandran Ashwin (4) & Ishant Sharma (3) combine for 7 Sri Lankan 2nd innings wickets
  • 2016-01-04 Colombo's Gemology Institute certifies world's largest ever blue star sapphire at 1404.49 carats, found in a Sri Lankan mine in August 2015
  • 2017-04-14 Meethotamulla rubbish dump collapses onto houses in Colombo, Sri Lanka killing 26
  • 2017-05-28 Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka kill at least 151
  • 2017-07-06 Sri Lankan government confirms outbreak of dengue fever has killed at least 227
  • 2018-03-06 Sri Lanka imposes first nationwide state of emergency since civil war after unrest between Sinhalese and Muslim areas in Kandy District
  • 2018-10-28 Political crisis in Sri Lanka after President Sirisena sacks Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and the cabinet, suspends parliament for two weeks with one man killed in protests
  • 2018-11-13 Sri Lanka‚Äôs Supreme Court blocks President Maithripala Sirisena from dissolving parliament

Famous Birthdays

  • 1975-01-27 Chaminda Vaas, brilliant Sri Lankan cricket pace bowler (1994- )
  • 1975-07-18 M.I.A [Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam], British-Sri Lankan rapper ("Paper Planes"; "Sunshowers"), born in London, England
  • 1975-07-21 Ravindra Pushpakumara, Sri Lankan cricketer (Test pace bowler)
  • 1977-05-27 Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1977-10-27 Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lankan cricketer, born in Matale, Sri Lanka
  • 1979-07-19 Dilhara Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer, born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1979-08-10 Dinusha Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1980-11-25 Kushan Liyanarachchi, Sri Lankan, prominent Live Buddhism Practitioner
  • 1981-06-25 Pooja Umashankar, Indian-Sri Lankan actress (Asai Man Piyabanna), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1982-07-22 Nuwan Kulasekara, Sri lankan cricketer
  • 1983-08-28 Lasith Malinga, Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler (4 wickets in 4 balls x 2; 4 x ODI, T20 hat tricks; 30 Tests), born in Galle, Sri Lanka

Famous Deaths