This Day in History on 10 August

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 10 August. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1581: Akbar, great Mughal Emperor, won Kabul.

1741: The battle of colachel was fought between the kingdom of Travancore and the Dutch East India Company. Travancore, under Raja Marthanda Varma defeated the Dutch East India Company.

1758: Marathas won the Atak.

1904: Japanese troops were defeated by the Russian Amry at Port Aurther.

1930: In the ‘Gandhi Cap Case’ in Guntur, the magistrate prohibits the wearing of Gandhi caps within a five-mile radius of the town.

1942: Manju Bala Patil was shot on the road in Mumbai by the British Police.

1948: Atomic Energy Commission was established.

1963: The Kamraj Plan.

1979: Rohini Technology Payload (RTP) intended for measuring the in-flight performance of the first experimental flight of SLV-3, the first Indian Space launch vehicle, which failed to be placed in orbit.

1989: Panchayatraj’ and ‘Nagarpalika’ bills were passed in Parliament’s Lok Sabha.

1991: Delhi airport police foils an attempt by a Saudi national to smuggle out a minor girl named Ameena.

2000: Arjuna Ranatunga, former Sri Lankan cricket captain, retires from international cricket.

2000: Parliament approves the Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Bill to create a hilly state of Uttaranchal.

2008: An anti-AIDS vaccine was successfully tested in the Tuberculosis Research Centre in Chennai.

2009: Twenty people are killed in Handlová, Trenčín Region, in the deadliest mining disaster in Slovakia’s history.

2012: The Marikana massacre begins near Rustenburg, South Africa, resulting in the deaths of 47 people.

2014: Forty people are killed when Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915 crashes at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport.

2019: 32 are killed and 1,000,000 are evacuated as Typhoon Lekima makes landfall in Zhejiang, China. Earlier it had caused flooding in the Philippines

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1755: Narayanrao Peshwa was born.

1855: Alladiya Khan, the famous singer of Kolhapur court, was born.

Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande
Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande

1860: Pandit Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande was a musicologist who wrote the first modern treatise on Hindustani classical music. He was the great architect of the renaissance of Hindustani music and who played a vital role in giving re-birth to North Indian classical music, was born at Balukeshwar, Maharashtra.

1894: V. V. Giri, Indian lawyer and politician, 4th President of India (d. 1980). The fourth former President of India, was born at Berhampur in Orissa. He was one of the patriarchs of Trade Union Movement of India.

1901: Narayan Pillai Gopala Pillai, the great poet and educationist, was born in Quilon, Kerala.

1905: Sundarji Gokuldas Betard, modern Gujrathi poet, was born.

1917: Prem Adib was a film actor who was acclaimed as one of the top Bollywood actors of the 1940s. He is best remembered for his roles as Lord Rama in Bharat Milap and Ram Rajya. 

1927: Manali Kallat Vainu Bappu, the first Indian astronomer, litterateur and Urdu poet, was born at Madras.

V. V. Giri

1938: Fateh Singh Rathore was a tiger conservationist. He joined the Indian Forest Service in 1960 and was part of the first Project Tiger team. He worked for over 50 years in wildlife conservation.

1943: Shafqat Rana, Indian-Pakistani cricketer

1956: Perween Warsi, Indian-English businesswoman

Perween Warsi, Indian-English businesswoman
Perween Warsi, Indian-English businesswoman

1963: Phoolan Devi, also known as “Bandit Queen”, was an Indian bandit and member of the parliament.

1975: Hemant Soren is the current CM of Jharkhand. He also previously served as the CM of Jharkhand from July 2013 to December 2014. He is also the president of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha political party.

1979: Shabir Ahluwalia is a television actor and host who is majorly known for portraying the role of ‘Abhishek Mehra’ in ‘Kumkum Bhagya’.

Phoolan Devi
Phoolan Devi

1991: Pratyusha Banerjee was a television actress who appeared in numerous television and reality shows. She first gained recognition from ‘Balika Vadhu’ in which she played the role of ‘Anandi’.

1992: B. Sai Praneeth is a badminton player who became the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to win a bronze medal in the BWF World Championships in 2019 after Prakash Padukone in 1983. He was honoured with the Arjun Award in 2019.

2005: Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is a chess prodigy. He is the 4th youngest person to achieve the title of ‘Grandmaster’, behind Sergey Karjakin, Gukesh D, and Javokhir Sindarov.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1977: Shyamlal Gupta, popularly known as Parshad, was an Indian poet and lyricist.

1986: Gen. A.S. Vaidya, who was Chief of Army Staff, at the time of ‘Operation Blue Star’, was shot dead at Pune.

1992: P. P. Thorat, retired Lt and General, died.

1993: Narayan Keshav Upasni, famous educationist, passed away.

1995: Harishankar Parsai was a noted Hindi writer, satirist, and humorist of modern Hindi literature. He is best known for his simple and direct style.

1998: Sri Bhuteshanandji Maharaj, 97, president of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, died in Calcutta.

1999: Acharya Baldev Upadhyaya was a Hindi, Sanskrit scholar, literary historian, essayist and critic who wrote numerous books, collections of essays and a historical outline of Sanskrit literature.

2011: PC Alexander, short for Padinjarethalakal Cherian Alexander, was an IAS officer from the 1948 batch. He served as the Governor of Tamil Nadu from 1988 to 1990 and as the Governor of Maharashtra from 1993 to 2002. He was also considered as a candidate for the post of the President of India in 2002.

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