This Day in History on 11 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 11 August. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

National Son’s and Daughter’s Day is celebrated on August 11th brings parents and their children together for quality time.

Important Events

1347: Alauddin Hasan Gangu assumed royalty and founded the Bahmani Dynasty.  The Muslim kingdom of Bahmani dynasty in the south as Sultan Allau’d-din Khalji. He renamed Gulbarga, his capital as ‘Hasanabad’.

1893: First Hindu-Muslim riots in Maharashtra.

1908: Khudiram Bose, a Bengali revolutionary in India’s struggle for freedom, was hanged.

1956: The Lok Sabha passed the States Reorganisation Act.

1961: The former Portuguese territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli were merged to create the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Dadra and Nagar Haweli declared as Union Territory States.

1984: A cloud of toxic chemicals escaped from a Union Carbide plant near Charleston, West Virginia, this morning, and at least 135 residents were treated for eye, throat, and lung irritation. Last December, methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a Union Carbide plant in India, killing 2,000 people. No MIC escaped today, plant officials said. Aldicarb oxime, a much less toxic gas, is declared as one constituent of the gas cloud.

2000: An air rage incident occurs on board Southwest Airlines Flight 1763 when 19-year-old Jonathan Burton attempts to storm the cockpit, but he is subdued by other passengers and dies from his injuries.

2000: Koneru Humpy was crowned the youngest British Ladies chess champion at the end of eleventh and final round in the Smith and Williamson British chess championship in Somerset.

2003: NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.

2003: Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.

2006: The oil tanker MT Solar 1 sinks off the coast of Guimaras and Negros Islands in the Philippines, causing the country’s worst oil spill.

2012: At least 306 people are killed and 3,000 others injured in a pair of earthquakes near Tabriz, Iran.

2017: At least 41 people are killed and another 179 injured after two passenger trains collide in Alexandria, Egypt.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1911: Prem Bhatia, great journalist, was born.

1916: Gopal Gurunath Bewoor was a senior officer of the Indian Army who served as the 9th Chief of Army Staff.

1922: Manmohan Krishna, famous actor, was born.

1924: Lalmani Misra was an eminent Indian classical musician known as much for his art as for his scholarship.

1931: Manabendra Mukhopadhyay was an Indian singer and music composer.

1948: Pramod Kumar Misra, re-employed 1972 batch IAS officer belonging to Gujarat cadre.

1949: Duvvuri Subbarao, Indian economist, Central Banker, and retired IAS officer. 

1952: Sri Prakash Lohia, Indian-born Indonesian billionaire businessman.

1954: Yashpal Barburam Sharma, cricketer (Indian right-handed batsman early 80′), was born in Ludhiana.

1954: Madireddy Venkateshwar Narasimha Rao, cricketer (Indian leg-spin all-rounder 1978-79), was born in Secunderabad.

1957: Bhagirath Samai, Indian professional shooter who represented his country at the 1984 Summer Olympics. 

1961: Suniel Shetty, Indian film actor, producer and entrepreneur who is predominantly active in Bollywood films.

1975: Jesse Randhawa, Indian model and actress. 

1983: Soundararaja, Indian film Actor and film Producer who appears in South Indian Films. 

1986: Neha Tanwar, Indian Women cricketer who played for India women’s national cricket team. 

1991: Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Indian cricketer who plays for the Chhattisgarh cricket team and Central Zone in Indian domestic cricket. 

Death/ Death Anniversary

Khudiram Bose, Indian Bengali revolutionary
Khudiram Bose, Indian Bengali revolutionary

1908: Khudiram Bose, Indian Bengali revolutionary (b. 1889). Khudiram Bose was hanged on this day in Central Jail at Mujaffarpur, Bihar at the age of 19 years. He along with Prafulla Chaki had planned to bomb the carriage supposed to be carrying Kingsford, unfortunately he was betrayed and was caught and finally was sentenced to death and hanged. This day is observed as “Martyr’s Day” in memory of the great freedom fighter. Even today the soul stirring songs composed in his honour are sung by Bengali folk-singers.

1977: Jahar Roy was an Indian actor and comedian in Bengali cinema. 

1993: Brahmaprakash Chaudhary, first Chief Minister of Delhi and former central minister, died.

Zafar Futehally, Indian ornithologist and author
Zafar Futehally, Indian ornithologist and author

1999: Ramnath Parkar was an Indian cricketer who played in 2 Tests in 1972-73 against Tony Lewis’ England team touring India.

1999: A. G. Ram Singh was an Indian first-class cricketer.

2000: Paidi Jairaj was an Indian film actor, director and producer known for his works primarily in Hindi cinema, Marathi and Gujarati.

2000: Usha Mehta, great Gandhian, passed away.

2013: Zafar Futehally, Indian ornithologist and author (b. 1919)

Further Reading

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