This Day in History on 12 December

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

Important Days

Important Events

1755: Dutch East India Company arrived at Nicobar.

1822: America recognized Mexico as an independent nation.

1882: Publication of Bankimchandra’s novel Anandmath, in which the song Vande Mataram is included.

1884: First Test match was played between Australia and England.

1911: Delhi became the capital of India. Earlier, Kolkata was the capital of India.

1971: Indian Parliament repealed the provision of facilities and expenses enjoyed by former kings.

1996: Agreement between India and Bangladesh on the sharing of Ganga water.

2001: Indian tested missile ‘Earth’.

2016: Priyanka Chopra appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Dattu Phadkar

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1777: Alexander I, the Emperor of Russia.

1863: Edvard Munch, a Norwegian painter.

1875: Gerd von Rundstedt, a German field marshal.

Sharad Pawar

1881: Harry Warner, an American studio executive, and co-founder of Warner Bros.

1905: Mulk Raj Anand, an Indian writer in English.

1927: Robert Noyce, an American physicist.

1940: Sharad Pawar, an Indian politician from Baramati, Maharashtra.


1941: S. Nambi Narayanan, an Indian scientist, and aerospace engineer.

1948: PNC Menon, an Indian-born Omani billionaire businessman.

1950: Rajinikanth, an Indian actor, screenwriter, and producer.

1977: Chinedu Ikedieze, a Nigerian actor, entrepreneur, and serial investor.

1981: Yuvraj Singh, a former Indian cricketer.

1925: Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (d. 1985)

Ramanand Sagar

Death/ Death Anniversary

1777: Albrecht von Haller, a Swiss anatomist, physiologist, naturalist, bibliographer, and poet.

1843: William I, the third King of the Netherlands.

Maithili Sharan Gupt

1849: Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, a French-born British engineer.

1930: Bābu Genu, an Indian freedom fighter, and a revolutionary.

1964: Maithili Sharan Gupt, one of the most important modern Hindi poets.

2000: J. H. Patel, the 15th Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Nityanand Swami
Sharad Anantrao

2005: Ramanand Sagar, an Indian film director.

2006: Alan Shugart, an American engineer, entrepreneur, and business executive.

2012: Nityanand Swami, the first chief minister of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

2015: Sharad Anantrao Joshi, Indian farmer and politician (b. 1935)

Further Reading

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