Today in Sikh History

Historical Events

  • 1699-04-14 Khalsa: Birth of Khalsa, the brotherhood of the Sikh religion, in Northern India in accordance with the Nanakshahi calendar
  • 1705-12-26 Fateh Singh (6) and Zorawar Singh (7), sons of Guru Gobind Singh, are murdered by Wazir Khan for refusing to convert to Islam; they are now among the most hallowed martyrs in Sikhism
  • 1846-01-28 Battle of Allwal, British beat Sikhs in Punjab
  • 1846-02-10 British defeat Sikhs in battle of Sobraon, India
  • 1846-02-16 Battle of Sobraon ends 1st Sikh War in India
  • 1846-02-20 British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore
  • 1849-03-29 Great Britain formally annexs Punjab after defeat of Sikhs in India
  • 1984-04-15 Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984-06-05 Indira Gandhi orders an attack on Sikh's holiest site, the Golden Temple in Amritsar

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • 1984-06-06 1,200 die in Sikh "Golden Temple" uprising India
  • 1984-11-03 3,000 die in 3 day anti-Sikh riot in India
  • 1985-07-24 Gandhi signs peace contract with Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowai
  • 1986-03-28 Extremist Sikhs kill 13 Hindus in Ludhiana, India
  • 1986-07-25 Sikhs extremist kill 16 hindus in Muhktsar India

MurderAssassination Attempt

1986-10-02 Sikhs attempt to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Indian Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi
  • 1987-07-06 1st of 3 massacres by Sikh extremists takes place in India
  • 1991-12-26 Militant Sikhs kill 55 & wound 70 in India
  • 2012-08-05 Gunman opens fire on Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin killing six people and committing suicide
  • 2018-07-01 Suicide bombing targeting Sikh community kills at least 19 people in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestGuru Nanak

1469-04-15 Guru Nanak, Founder of the religion of Sikhism and the 1st Sikh Guru, born in Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 1539)

Founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak
Founder of Sikhism
Guru Nanak
  • 1479-05-05 Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru, born in Amritsar, Punjab, India (d. 1574)
  • 1504-03-31 Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh guru, born in Matte Di Sarai, Muktsar, Panjab (d. 1552)
  • 1534-09-24 Guru Ram Das, 4th Sikh Guru (1574-81), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 1581)
  • 1621-04-01 Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, ninth Nanak, 9th of 10 Guru of the Sikhs, born in Amritsar, India (d. 1675)
  • 1656-07-07 Guru Har Krishan, 8th Guru of Sikhism (d. 1664)
  • 1666-01-05 Guru Gobind Singh, Tenth Guru of Sikhism, founder and General of Khalsa Army, social reformist and poet, born in Patna Sahib (d. 1708)
  • 1956-08-03 Balwinder Sandhu, Indian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests; 22 ODIs), born in Mumbai, India

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1487-09-24 Founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak marries Mata Sulakkhani in Batala

Founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak
Founder of Sikhism
Guru Nanak

Famous Deaths


Person of interestGuru Nanak

1539-09-22 Guru Nanak, Founder of the religion of Sikhism and the 1st Sikh Guru, dies at 70

Founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak
Founder of Sikhism
Guru Nanak
  • 1552-03-29 Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh Guru, dies at 47
  • 1574-05-14 Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru, dies at 95
  • 1581-09-01 Guru Ram Das, 4th Sikh Guru (1574-81), dies at 46
  • 1661-10-06 Guru Har Rai, seventh Sikh Guru
  • 1675-11-11 Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, ninth Nanak, 9th of 10 Guru of the Sikhs, executed under the orders of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb at 54
  • 1708-10-07 Guru Gobind Singh, Tenth Guru of Sikhism, founder and General of Khalsa Army, social reformist and poet, dies following an assassination attempt at 41
  • 1716-06-09 Banda Bahadur, Sikh military commander (executed)
  • 1984-06-05 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indies Sikh leader
  • 1985-08-20 Harchand Singh Longowai, Sikh leader, shot by Sikh extremists