This Day in History on 13 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 13 November. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

World Kindness Day

Important Events

1841: Animal attraction attracted James Brady to study hypnosis.

1864: Greece adopted a new constitution.

1901: Four Language panels were started on Rs. 10/- notes. First time four corner serial numbers were introduced. This panel had Indian languages which varied from state to state.

1901: War Secretary Brodrick claimed that Boers were killing natives in large numbers. He intended to withdraw troops from India to fight in S. Africa at London.

1909: Gandhiji left England for South Africa and wrote ”Hind Swaraj” on board S.S. Kildonan Castle.

1913: Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature by the Swedish Academy.

1931: Shankar Ramchandra ‘Mamarao Date’ successfully mechanically matched the Devanagari script on a monotype machine.

1945: Australian Services draw first Victory Test against India.

1953: Richard Nixon, the US Vice President, arrives in New Delhi.

1970: A devastating cyclone struck Bangladesh, killing at least 500,000 people overnight. It was the worst natural disaster of the twentieth century.

1971: American aircraft Mariner-9 circled Mars. 

1985: Around 23,000 people died in eastern Colombia due to volcanic eruptions.

1991: Supreme Court orders establishment of an all-India judicial service.

1993: The Indian hospital and aviation was operational immediately. The Indian contingent formally took charge of the responsibility of the capital city of Mogadishu.

1994: In a referendum in Sweden, the people decided to join the European Union.

1995: A truck-bomb explodes outside of a US-operated Saudi Arabian National Guard training center in Riyadh, killing five Americans and two Indians. A group called the Islamic Movement for Change claims responsibility.

1995: The Supreme Court in an unanimous 65-page verdict declares that patients who received deficient services from the medical profession and hospitals were entitled to claim damages under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

1998: The Dalai Lama and US President Bill Clinton met despite opposition from China.

1998: Tendulkar blazes as India wins the Coca Cola Cup at Sharjah beating Zimbabwe in the final.

1999: A woman commits ‘sati’ in Satpura village in Mohaba district of Uttar Pradesh.

1999: Punjab Police men, Railways women emerged Federation Cup basketball champions in Jalandhar.

2012: A total solar eclipse occurred in Australia and parts of the South Pacific Ocean.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

354 AD: Augustine of Hippo, a theologian, philosopher, and the bishop of Hippo Regius in Numidia, Roman North Africa.

Vasantdada Patil, Indian farmer
Vasantdada Patil, Indian farmer

1312: Edward III, the King of England and Lord of Ireland.

1780: Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the founder of the Sikh Empire.

1850: Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer.

1899: Sahibzada Iskander Ali Mirza, a Pakistani general, civil servant, and the first President of Pakistan.

1908: Yeshwantrao Hindurao Ghorpade, former ruler and great industrialist, was born.

1910: Pat Reid, Indian-English soldier and author (d. 1990)

1917: Vasantdada Patil, Indian farmer and politician, 9th Governor of Rajasthan (d. 1989)

Juhi Chawla, Indian actress
Juhi Chawla, Indian actress

1917: Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh, Indian-Hindi poet, writer, commentator, and Editor.

1922: Mahadev Sadashivrao Ande, freedom fighter and political leader, was born.

1935: Chandra Prakash Gupta, great educationist, was born at Gaini in UP.

1953: Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the 58th and current President of Mexico.

1954: Scott McNeill, co-founder of Sun Microsystems.

1967: Juhi Chawla, Indian actress, singer, and producer, Miss India 1984

Death/ Death Anniversary

Margaret Murray, Indian-English anthropologist
Margaret Murray, Indian-English anthropologist

1460: Prince Henry the Navigator, Portuguese explorer.

1740: Krishnadayarnav, ancient Indian-Marathi poet.

1897: Ernest Giles, an Australian explorer.

1956: Indubhushan Banerjee, a modern Indian-Bengali historian who wrote a comprehensive history of Sikhism.

1962: Yezdani Gulam, great researcher, archeologist and art critic, died.

1963: Margaret Murray, Indian-English anthropologist and author (b. 1863)

Iskander Mirza, Indian-Pakistani general
Iskander Mirza, Indian-Pakistani general

1969: Iskander Mirza, Indian-Pakistani general and politician, 1st President of Pakistan (b. 1899)

1992: Dr. Pundalik Dattatrya Gaitonde, Goa freedom fighter, passed away.

1998: Pravabati Devi (88), freedom fighter and `Mother Teresa of Orissa’, dies at the orphanage set up by her at Chharchanpali.

2001: Sarojini Madhusudan Sharangpani, Indian writer.

2002: Hrishikesh Saha, Nepali writer, politician, and human rights activist.

2014: Alexander Grothendieck, a mathematician who became the leading figure in the creation of modern algebraic geometry.

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