This Day in History on 11th May

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 11th May. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days:

National Technology Day

National Technology Day (India)

Important Events

1784: Treaty between the British and Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore.

1857: National uprising of 1857 – Indians captured Delhi from the British.

1878: First meeting of Marathi book writers.

Jyotirao Phule
Jyotirao Phule

1867: Luxembourg gained independence.

1888: Rao Bahadur Vaddedar conferred the title of Mahatma on the great social reformer Jyotiba Phule at Koliwada in Mandvi, Mumbai.

1920: The decision of Oxford University to give women access to graduation

1949: Israel joined the United Nations.

1949: Siam officially changed its name to Thailand for the second time.

1951: President Rajendra Prasad inaugurated the newly constructed Somnath Temple.

1956: The Gold Coast was declared free from British rule. The Gold Coast, which we know today as Ghana, was signed by the British government on 6 March 1957 for its independence.

1987: President’s rule imposed in Punjab.

1996, 11th May: Mount Everest disaster – 8 people who climbed Mount Everest on the same day died.

1998: Twenty-four years later, India again conducted three successful nuclear tests, including a hydrogen bomb-making device, in the Pokhran desert region of Rajasthan.

1999: Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case: The Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence on four of the 26 accused, life imprisonment to three and acquitted the remaining 19 people.

Birthday / Anniversary

1888: Asaf Ali, lawyer, nationalist, writer and connoisseur of music and arts, was born.

1895: Jiddu Krishnamurti, an Indian speaker, and writer.

Jiddu Krishnamurti,
Jiddu Krishnamurti,

1904: Salvador Dali, a Spanish surrealist artist.

1911: Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon, an Indian poet of Malayalam literature.

1912: Saadat Hasan Manto, a colonial Indian and Pakistani writer, playwright, and author.

1918: Mrinalini Vikram Sarabhai, an Indian classical dancer, choreographer, and instructor.

1918: Richard Feynman, an American theoretical physicist.

1930: Ganesh Narayan R, great Industrialist, was born.

1950: Sadashiv Amrapurkar, an Indian actor.

Death / Death Anniversary

Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda, Indian admiral
Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda, Indian admiral

1871: Sir John Herschel, an English polymath, mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor, experimental photographer.

1885: Krishnamohan Bandopadhyay, leader, essay writer and journalist of Bengal, passed away.

1889: John Cadbury, a Quaker and English proprietor and founder of Cadbury.

2009: Admiral Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda, the 8th Chief of the Naval Staff.

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History

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