This Day in History on 11 November

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 November. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

National Education Day (India)

Important Events

1675: Aurangzeb executes Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur thus beginning the Sikh-Muslim feud that continues to this day.

1778: Cherry Valley massacre: Loyalists and Seneca Indian forces attack a fort and village in eastern New York during the American Revolutionary War, killing more than forty civilians and soldiers.

1793: English pioneer missionary William Carey, 32, reached Calcutta five months after setting sail for India. Later, Carey founded the Baptist Missionary Society, the first of the British Protestant missions agencies.

1913: Gandhi was sentenced to nine months imprisonment in South Africa.

1921: Gandhi urges Hindus to remove the statue of ex-Viceroy Lord Lawrence.

1918: Poland declared itself an independent country.

1926: Streets in the United States were named after numbers.

1930: Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard were granted patents for inventing the Einstein refrigerator.

1947: The Vitthal Temple at Pandharpur is opened to the public. Temple of Vithoba in Pandharpur opened for Harijans. Ganpatrao Tapase was the first harijan to enter the temple.

1958: Inauguration of ‘Indian’, first one in Indian Explosive Ltd’s factory at Gomia.

1962: Kuwait adopted a new constitution.

1966: US space agency NASA launched spacecraft ‘Gemini-12’.

1973: India’s first International Philatelic Exihibition started in New Delhi.

1975: Angola gained independence.

1979: President N. Sanjiva Reddy declares the opening of the first International Trade Fair of India.

1980: The Hindustan Times says the ‘British have reverted to what they basically are & a small, little people with small, little minds inhabiting a small, little island in the Atlantic’.

1981: Antigua and Barbuda joined the United Nations.

1982: 60 killed in gas explosion at Israeli military headquarters.

1991: Supreme Court declares the Anti-Defection Law as constitutional but holds that decisions of Presiding Officers under the law could be subjected to judicial review.

1992: S.Bangarappa resigns as the CM of Karnataka.

1994: The Supreme Court stays Karnataka Reservation Act.

1996: A.P. cyclone toll may cross 2,500.

1998: India objects to Washington’s discrimination in easing sanctions against New Delhi and Islamabad, clamped in the wake of the nuclear tests by the two countries.

1998: V. M. Devaraj (78), DMK leader and former MLA, passed away after a brief illness. He represented Vellore in 1980, 1984 and 1989. He was a close associate of the DMK founder, C. N. Annadurai.

1999: Mr. Vajpayee, Prime Minister, leaves for Durban summit of the Commonhealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM).

2000: Mohun Bagan wins the Durand Cup in New Delhi.

2000: Harin Pathak, Union Minister of State for Defence, resigns after being chargesheeted by a sessions court in Ahmedabad in a case relating to the murder of a head constable at the height of the anti-reservation agitation in 1985.

2004: Following the death of Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas was appointed President of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1821: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russian novelist, and philosopher.

Abul Kalam Azad, Indian activist
Abul Kalam Azad, Indian activist

1851: Rajaramshastri Bhagwat, Indian scholar, and social reformer.

1866: Patthe Bapurao (Shridhar Krishna Kulkarni), famous poet Shahir, was born.

1872: Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, Indian singer, founder of Kirana Gharana, and Guru of Sawai Gandharva.

1888: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Indian activist, scholar, and politician, Indian Minister of Education (d. 1958). He was an outspoken champion of rationalism and progressiveness in all spheres of Indian life.

1888: Jivatram Bhagwandas Acharya Kepalani, Indian freedom fighters, Gandhian, socialists, and environmentalists.

J. B. Kripalani, Indian lawyer and politician
J. B. Kripalani, Indian lawyer and politician

1904: J. H. C. Whitehead, Indian-American mathematician and academic (d. 1960)

1906: Chetput Ramaswami Pattabhi Raman, politician and social worker, was born at Madras.

1923: Shamasunder Gururaj Mudgal, great educationist, was born at Bijapur, Bagalkot.

1918: Krishna Kumar Birla, an Indian industrialist of the Birla family.

1924: Rusi Sheriyar Modi, cricketer (Indian batsman in post-War years), was born in Surat, Gujarat.

1924: SunderLal Munnalal Patwa was born in Kukdeshwar, Distt. Neemuch (Madhya Pradesh).

1926: (Badruddin Jamaluddin Qazi) Johnny Walker, Indian actor, and comedian.

1936: Mala Sinha, a Hindi, Nepali, and Bengali film actress.

Robin Uthappa, Indian cricketer
Robin Uthappa, Indian cricketer

1943: Anil Kakodkar, an Indian nuclear physicist, and mechanical engineer.

1955: Boney Kapoor, an Indian film producer.

1955: Vinita Bali, an Indian businesswoman. She was formerly the Managing Director of Britannia Industries Limited.

1959: Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud, a Judge of the Supreme Court of India.

Sanju Samson, Indian cricketer
Sanju Samson, Indian cricketer

1962: Demi Moore, American actress, producer, director, songwriter, and model.

1974: Leonardo DiCaprio, an American actor, producer, philanthropist, and environmentalist.

1985: Robin Uthappa, Indian cricketer

1994: Sanju Samson, Indian cricketer

Death/ Death Anniversary

1675: Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth of ten Gurus of the Sikh religion.

1831: Nat Turner, a black American slave who led the only effective, sustained slave rebellion in U.S. history.

1973: Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, a Finnish chemist, and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

1984: Martin Luther King Sr., an African American Baptist pastor, missionary, and an early figure in the Civil Rights Movement.

1994: Kupalli Venkatappagouda Puttappa (Kuvempu), Indian-Kannada poet.

1998: V. M. Devaraj (78), DMK leader and former MLA, passed away after a brief illness. He represented Vellore in 1980, 1984 and 1989. He was a close associate of the DMK founder, C. N. Annadurai.

1999: Arvind Mestri, Indian sculptor.

2004: Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

2005: Peter Drucker, Austrian-American management expert, and author.

Further Reading

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