This Day in History on 14 August

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 14 August. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Pakistan’s Independence Day is celebrated on 14 August every year.

Important Events

1842: American Indian Wars: Second Seminole War ends, with the Seminoles forced from Florida to Oklahoma.

1862: Bombay High Court was established for Maharashtra, Goa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu territory. This court has benches at Nagpur, Panaji and Aurangabad.

1896: Gandhiji published “The Green Pamphlet” at Rajkot and then toured Bombay, Madras, Poona and Calcutta educating Indians in regard to grievances of South African Indians.

1942: Usha Mehta, a freedom fighter, started broadcasting from a secret transmitter on a wave length of 42.84 meters. This channel was used for freedom movement telecasts.

1947: India was partitioned into India and Pakistan after the All-India Congress accepted the British plan for the partition.

1947: Sir Harilal Jekisundas Kania was appointed as the Chief Justice of India. He was in this office till 05/11/1951.

1947: Pakistan was partitioned from India. Gandhiji hailed the following day as one of rejoicing for deliverance from British bondage.

1954: ‘State Carrom Association’ was established in Mumbai.

1980: Centre nationalizes Maruti company.

1987: Bharat Ratna, India’s highest award, was given to Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan (1890-1988), Frontier Gandhi. He is the first non-Indian to receive this honour.

1987: A soldier in a guard of honor attacks Indian Prime Minister Gandhi with his rifle butt at Sri Lanka.

1988: Morarji Desai was conferred with Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest civil honour of Pakistan.

2013: UPS Airlines Flight 1354 crashes short of the runway at Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport, killing both crew members on board.

2015: The US Embassy in Havana, Cuba re-opens after 54 years of being closed when Cuba–United States relations were broken off

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1900: S. K. Patil, Congress leader, was born.

Vethathiri Maharishi, Indian spiritual leader
Vethathiri Maharishi, Indian spiritual leader

1905: N. M. R. Subbaraman was an Indian freedom fighter and politician from Tamil Nadu.

1911: Vethathiri Maharishi was a spiritual leader, world peace activist, scientist, philosopher, Ayurvedic and homoeopathic practitioner.

1918: Mohinder Singh Pujji was a distinguished Royal Air Force fighter pilot and one of the first Indian Sikh pilots to volunteer with the Royal Air Force.

1920: Rushikesh Mulgaonkar, Air Chief Marshal (1976-78), was born.

1923: Kuldip Nayar was an Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human rights activist, author and former High Commissioner of India.

1939: Shanta Gokhale, Indian writer, translator, journalist and theatre critic.

1941: Tiruppattur Venkatachalamurti Ramakrishnan, an Indian theoretical physicist known for his contributions to condensed matter physics.

1944: Bhargavi Rao was an eminent translator of Telugu Literature. 

1944: Gopal Krishna Goswami, a religious leader within the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. 

1957: Johnny Lever, Indian film actor and one of the most noted comedians in Hindi cinema.

Vethathiri Maharishi, Indian spiritual leader
Vethathiri Maharishi, Indian spiritual leader

1961: Mohnish Bahl, an Indian actor working in the Indian film industry and on Indian television.

1967: Vijay Prashad, Indian historian, journalist, commentator and Marxist intellectual.

1968: Pravin Amre, an Indian cricketer who represented the Indian cricket team between 1991 and 1999. 

1970: Rameswar Teli, member of Bharatiya Janata Party and Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Dibrugarh. 

Sunidhi Chauhan
Sunidhi Chauhan

1976: Poonam Jhawer, Indian model, Bollywood filmmaker, singer and actress. 

1977: Gautam Rode, an Indian television actor known for portraying the titular role in Saraswatichandra.

1982: Mohit Raina, Indian film and television actor. 

1983: Sunidhi Chauhan, Indian playback singer.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1984: Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was an Indian athlete.

1996: Amrit Rai, son of Munshi Premchand, died.

1998: Classical vocalist Shamshad Begum, who enthralled radio listeners in the 30s and 40s, died in Mumbai.

2011: Shammi Kapoor was an Indian film actor and director.

2012: Vilasrao Deshmukh was an Indian politician who served two terms as the Chief Minister of the state of Maharashtra.

Further Reading

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