This Day in History on 16 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 16 August. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1913: the Tohuku Imperial University of Japan became the first university in Japan to admit female students.

1920: Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit on the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and dies early the next day. Chapman was the second player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game, the first being Doc Powers in 1909.

1932: Britain instituted new electoral plan for India: to allow limited untouchables and giving them separate representation.

1933: Mahatma Gandhi goes on fast for being denied to continue the anti-untouchability propaganda.

1946: the All Hyderabad Trade Union Congress was founded in Sikandarabad, India.

1946: Hindus and Muslims riot in Calcutta. 90 people lost their lives and other 900 were hurt. The Muslim League observed a “Direct Action Day” and announced its withdrawal of support from all plans.

1958: Pather Panchali’ won the top five awards, including feature length motion picture, and got a honorary mention at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

1960: The new Republic of Cyprus came into being today.

1962: Eight years after the remaining French Indian territories were handed to India, the ratifications of the treaty are exchanged to make the transfer official.

1965: Indian troops cross Kashmir line, seizes two Pakistani outposts.

1974: A.Shankar was appointed as the Narcotics Commissioner of India. He headed this office till 31st March 1977.

1991: Indian Airlines Flight 257, a Boeing 737-200, crashes during the approach to Imphal airport, killing all 69 people on board.

1991: Indian Airlines Flight 257, a Boeing 737-200, crashes during approach to Imphal Airport, killing all 69 people on board.

1994: Taslima Nasrin, A Bangladeshi Author, Honoured with Kurt Kurt Tucholsky Award in Sweden.

1996: CBI raids house of former minister Sukh Ram and finds cash and jewellery to the tune of Rs. 3 crore.

1997: Krishan Kant, Andhra Pradesh’s Governor, elected as the Vice President of India.

2010: China became the Second largest economy of the world.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1901: Shripad Ramchandra Tikekar, journalist and critic, was born.

Barry Hay, Indian-born Dutch rock musician
Barry Hay, Indian-born Dutch rock musician
Naseeruddin Shah, Indian film and stage actor and director.
Naseeruddin Shah, Indian film and stage actor and director.

1904: Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, an Indian poet. 

1913: Menachem Begin, Belarusian-Israeli politician, Prime minister of Israel, Nobel Prize laureate.

1922: Raunaq Singh, great industrialist and philanthropist, was born at Daska.

1923: Narayan Athavle, famous Marathi litterateur and journalist, was born.

R. R. Patil, Indian lawyer and politician
R. R. Patil, Indian lawyer and politician
Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal

1948: Barry Hay, Indian-born Dutch rock musician

1950: Naseeruddin Shah, Indian film and stage actor and director.

1958: Madonna, American pop singer and actress who has had a string of hits with  record such as ‘Like a virgin’, ‘Material Girl’, and ‘Justice my love’.

Saif Ali Khan
Manisha Koirala
Manisha Koirala

1957: R. R. Patil, Indian lawyer and politician, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra (d. 2015)

1968: Arvind Kejriwal, Indian civil servant and politician, 7th Chief Minister of Delhi

1970: Saif Ali khan, Indian actor.

1970: Manisha Koerala, Indian Nepali Actress.

Death/ Death Anniversary

Ramkrishna, Indian Hindu saint
Ramkrishna, Indian Hindu saint

1705: Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and theorist.

1886: Ramkrishna, Indian Hindu saint, Guru of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa dies at the age of 50. His real name was Gadadhar Ghatterji. An Indian mystic, leader and saint, he preached unity of religions. Swami Vivekanand was his disciple.

1888: John Pemberton, American Pharmacist, and Chemist. He invented Coca-Cola.

1977: Elvis Presley, King of Rock n’ Roll.

1991: C. Achuta Menon, former CM of Kerala, passed away.

1997: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a Pakistani singer who was considered one of the prominent figures in modern Qawwali music.

2000: Renu Saluja, an Indian film editor.

2003: Idi Amin, Political leader who became the third president of Uganda.

2018: Atal Bihari Vajpeyi, Indian politician and former Prime minister of India.

Further Reading

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