This Day in History on 11 January

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

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 11 January. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1613: Mughal emperor Jahangir allowed the East India Company to set up a factory in Surat.

1759: The first life insurance company launched in Philadelphia, USA.

1787: William Herschel discovered the moons of Uranus, Titania, and Oberon.

1922: Insulin was used for the first time to treat diabetes.

1942: Japan annexed Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

1966: Gulzarilal Nanda became the caretaker Prime Minister of India.

1972: East Pakistan renamed itself Bangladesh.

1972: Abu Saeed Chaudhary became the first President, and Sheikh Mujib Ur-Rehman became the first Prime Minister in Bangladesh.

1999: Ordinance issued by the Central Government for repealing the Maximum Landholding Act.

2000: Establishment of Chhattisgarh High Court.

2001: S. P. Bharucha became the 30th Chief Justice of India.

2009: Slumdog Millionaire received Best Film Award at the 66th Golden Globe Awards.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1755: Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

1815: Sir John Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada.

Kailash Satyarthi

1842: William James, an American philosopher, and psychologist.

1859: Lord Curzon, British diplomat and Viceroy of India.

1898: Vi. Sa. Khandekar, an Indian Marathi writer.

1944: Shibu Soren, an Indian politician who thrice served as Chief Minister of Jharkhand.

Rahul Dravid

1951: M. J. Akbar, an Indian journalist, and politician.

1954: Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian social reformer.

1958: Babulal Marandi, an Indian Politician. He was the first Chief Minister of Jharkhand.

1973: Rahul Dravid, a former Indian cricketer, and captain of the Indian national team.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1928: Thomas Hardy, an English novelist, and poet.

1954: John Simon, 1st Viscount Simon, a British politician.

Lal Bahadur Shastri

1966: Lal Bahadur Shastri, an Indian politician who served as the second Prime Minister of India.

1978: Ibn-e-Insha, an Indo-Pakistani Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer and newspaper columnist.

1997: Bhabatosh Datta, a noted Indian economist, academic, and writer.

2008: Sir Edmund Hillary, a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist. He became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest.

2014: Muhammad Habibur Rahman, Indian-Bangladeshi jurist and politician, Prime Minister of Bangladesh (b. 1928)

Further Reading

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