Nikola Tesla Day
1499 – The Portuguese explorer Nicolau Coelho returns to Lisbon after discovering the sea route to India as a companion of Vasco da Gama.
1806 – The Vellore Mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company.
1923 – G. A. Kulkarni, Indian author and academic (d. 1987)
1940 – Meghnad Desai, Baron Desai, Indian-English economist and politician
1949 – Sunil Gavaskar, Indian cricketer and sportscaster
1951 – Rajnath Singh, Indian Politician and Union Home Minister of India
Death/ Death Anniversary
2000 – Vakkom Majeed, Indian journalist and politician (b. 1909)
2013 – Gokulananda Mahapatra, Indian author and academic (b. 1922)
2014 – Zohra Sehgal, Indian actress, dancer, and choreographer (b. 1912)