On This Day 15 November

Important Days

Important Events

2006 – Al Jazeera English launches worldwide.

2007 – Cyclone Sidr hits Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5,000 people and destroying parts of the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans.

2012 – Xi Jinping becomes General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and a new seven-member Politburo Standing Committee is inaugurated.

2016 – Hong Kong’s High Court bans elected politicians Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung from the city’s Parliament.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1914 – V. R. Krishna Iyer, Indian lawyer and judge (d. 2014)

1936 – Tara Singh Hayer, Indian-Canadian journalist and publisher (d. 1998)

1986 – Sania Mirza, Indian tennis player

Death/ Death Anniversary

1949 – Narayan Apte, Indian activist, assassin of Mahatma Gandhi (b. 1911)

1949 – Nathuram Godse, Indian assassin of Mahatma Gandhi (b. 1910)

1982 – Vinoba Bhave, Indian philosopher and Gandhian, Bharat Ratna Awardee (b. 1895)

2012 – K. C. Pant, Indian politician, 18th Indian Minister of Defence (b. 1931)

2015 – Saeed Jaffrey, Indian-British actor (b. 1929)