13 May – This Day in History

This Day in History on 13th May

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On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 13th May. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days:

  • Rotuma Day (Rotuma)

Important Events:

Dr Zakhir Hussain became 3rd President of India, 1st Muslim President of Indian Union
  • 1648: Construction of the Red Fort at Dehli was completed.
  • 1791: Lord Cornwallis retreated back to Madras after the battle of Arikera.
  • 1949: Maharashtra Granthalay Sangh was established.
  • 1952: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru again becomes the Prime Minister of India and forms a new union ministry.
  • 1953: The first Indian Navy air station INS Garuda was commissioned at Venduruthy, the naval base in Cochin.
  • 1956: Acharya Vinoba Bhave started the Bhoodan campaign in Tiruvellore.
  • 1962: Bharat Ratna, India’s highest award, was given to Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1884-1963).
  • 1962: Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1884-1963) retired from the post of first President.
  • 1962: Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975) became the second President of India. He held this office till May 13, 1967.
  • 1962: Dr. Zakir Hussain became the Vice President (1962-67).
Lara Dutta
  • 1967: Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975) retired from the post of second President.
  • 1967: Dr Zakhir Hussain became 3rd President of India. He was the first Muslim President of Indian Union. He held this position till August 24, 1969.
  • 1971: General Insurance nationalised.
  • 1994: Telecom sector opened to private companies under the new national policy announced in Parliament.
  • 1997: Doordarshan drops plans to enter the direct-to-home (DTH) mode of television transmission.
  • 1998: India carries out two more nuclear tests at Pokharan in Rajasthan.
  • 2000: Lara Dutta (21), who said beauty pageants give women a platform to ”voice our choices and opinions” is named Miss Universe 2000 in the Cyprus capital Nicosia.

Birthday / Anniversary:

Sir Ronald Ross, bacteriologist, a member of Indian Medical service, Nobel awardee
  • 1857: Sir Ronald Ross, bacteriologist, a member of Indian Medical service, Nobel awardee and editor of ‘Science Progress’, was born at Almora, UP.
  • 1883: Henk JFM Sneevliet, leader RSAP/editor Spartacus (Dutch-Indies), was born.
  • 1905: Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, the fifth President of India, was born in Delhi.
Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, the fifth President of India,
  • 1916: Vasudev Mahadev Salgaonkar, the great Industrialist, was born.
  • 1916: Sachidananda Routray, Indian Oriya-language poet (d. 2004)
  • 1918: Balasaraswati, Indian dancer and instructor (d. 1984)
  • 1951: Anand Modak, Indian composer and director (d. 2014)
  • 1984: Benny Dayal, Indian singer
  • 1923: Moinul Haque Choudhury, the social reformer and politician, was born at Sonabarighat (Assam).

Death / Death Anniversary:

Sukanta Bhattacharya, Indian poet and playwright
  • 1947: Sukanta Bhattacharya, Indian poet and playwright (b. 1926)
  • 2013: Jagdish Mali, Indian photographer (b. 1954)

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