This Day in History on 15th April

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 15th April. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

  • Universal Day of Culture
  • World Art Day

Important Events

1658: Raja Jaswant Singh was defeated at Dharmat. He was sent by Shahjahan and Dara Shukoh to resist Aurangzeb’s advance towards Agra.

1895: Bal Gangadhar Tilak inagurated the Shivaji Mahotsav at Raigad Fort.

1912: RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean.

1919: British troops kill 400 Indians, who were demonstrating against the British rule at Amritsar for the forced marshall law on Punjab.

1923: Insulin became available in the market for people suffering from diabetes.

1946: The Kangla Tongbi war memorial built for 221 members Advance Base Depot, who laid down their lives to repulse several waves of Japanese attacks, was erected near a village named Kangla Tongbi at Mile 8 on the Imphal – Dimapur road. It was originally erected from local stone and the main epitaph displayed above is of black Naga stone.

1947: The new Indian Parliament appeals for non-violence.

1947: Issues with Jinnah a joint appeal for communal peace.

1948: Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh was created by the merger of some 30 small ruling states.

1948: Purushottamdas Tandon was honoured with the title of ‘Rajashri’ at a huge rally by Devaraha Baba. He was awarded the Prestigious ‘Bharat Ratna’ award.

1950: Acharya Vinoba Bhave requested to the villagers of Panchampalli Telangana, Andhra Pradesh to give 80 acres of land, and with this he had started his ‘Bhudan Andolan’.

1956: A combined army and police action against well armed Naga rebels.

1975: India recognises the Sihanouk Government in Cambodia.

1980: Six more private sector banks nationalized.

1984: Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab, India.

1992: Union Carbide decides to sell its holdings in India to raise upto $ 17 million for a hospital in Bhopal.

1994: India signed `GAT’ agreement.

1994: After the establishment of the World Trade Organization, 123 countries signed its agreement.

1996: Shyam Benegal’s film ‘The Making of a Mahatma’ released in S. Africa

2000: Baichung Bhutia became the first Asian-player to score a goal in the professional English game.

2000: G-77 summit concluded in Havana with a call for cooperation to combat terrorism.

2004, 15th April: The murder of LTTE militant V Muralitharan in Colombo linked to the Rajiv Gandhi assassination.

Birthday / Anniversary

1452: Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian polymath and one of the greatest painters of all time.

1469: Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus.

1563: Guru Arjan, the fifth of the ten Sikh Gurus.

1707: Leonhard Euler, a Swiss mathematician.

1874: Tryambak Sitaram Karkhanis, founder of `Maharashtra Natak Mandali’, was born.

1883: Narhar Raghunath Phatak, famous journalist and historian, was born.

1890: Gaganvihari Lalubhai Mehta, famous Indian economist, politician and journalist, was born.

1894: Nikita Khrushchev, former Premier of the Soviet Union.

1901: Balakrishna Janardan Mohoni, cricket Test Umpire for 11 Tests from 1948-57, was born in Maharashtra.

1919: Arjan Singh, Air Chief Marshal and Padma Vibhushan, DFC, was born in Lyalpur.

1922: Hasrat Jaipuri, an Indian poet.

1926: Gurvel Singh Pannu, famous Hindi writer, was born in Lauhka, Punjab.

1927: Abha Gandhi, servant to Gandhi, was born.

1932: Suresh Shridhar Bhat, famous poet, was born.

1938: Madhurima. Ch, educationist and artist, was born in Begusarai, Bihar .

1942: George VI awards the George Cross to the people of Malta.

1901: Ajoy Mukherjee, Indian politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal (d. 1986)

1922: Hasrat Jaipuri, Indian poet and songwriter (d. 1999)

1932: Suresh Bhat, Indian poet and songwriter (d. 2003)

1963: Manoj Prabhakar, Indian cricketer and sportscaster

1972: Mandira Bedi, an Indian actress, fashion designer, and television presenter.

1977: Sudarsan Pattnaik, Indian sculptor

1990: Emma Watson, an English actress, model, and activist.

Death / Death Anniversary

1794: Moropant Paradkar, great poet of Marathi in Peshwa kingdom, passed away.

1865: Abraham Lincoln, as the 16th president of the United States.

1912: Edward Smith, a British naval officer. He was the captain of the RMS Titanic.

1980: Jean-Paul Sartre, a French philosopher.

1990: Greta Garbo, a Swedish-American actress.

1992: D. T. Lakdawala, former member of Planning Commission, passed away.

1995: Pandit Liladhar Joshi, then Chief Minister of Central India.

1998: Pol Pot, former prime minister of Cambodia.

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History

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