This Day in History on 16 October

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 October. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

World Anaesthesia Day (International)

World Food Day (International)

Important Events

1905: The provincial state of Bengal was partitioned.

1942: Cyclone in Bay of Bengal kills some 40,000 south of Calcutta India.

1978: Test debut of Kapil Dev, India v Pakistan at Faisalabad.

1991: Jharkhand Chhatra Yuva Morcha was founded at a conference in Ranchi, India.

William Forster, Indian-Australian politician
William Forster, Indian-Australian politician

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1818: William Forster, Indian-Australian politician, 4th Premier of New South Wales (d. 1882)

1878: Vallathol Narayana Menon was a poet in the Malayalam language.

1921: Sita Ram Goel, Indian historian, publisher and writer (d. 2003)

1932: Amrit Desai, pioneer of yoga in the West.

Sita Ram Goel, Indian historian
Sita Ram Goel, Indian historian
Crazy Mohan, Indian actor
Crazy Mohan, Indian actor

1946: Naveen Patnaik, Indian politician serving as the current and 14th Chief Minister of Odisha.

1948: Hema Malini, Indian film actress, writer, director, producer, dancer and politician.

1952: Mohan Rangachari (Crazy Mohan) was an Indian actor, comedian, screenwriter and playwright.

1975: Rajeev Khandelwal, Indian film and television actor, singer and host.

Hema Malini, Indian actress
Hema Malini, Indian actress
Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indian actor
Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indian actor

1982: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indian film actor, director, producer, playback singer.

1982: Ravi Agrawal, journalist, television producer, and author of the book India Connected.

1990: Anirudh Ravichander, Indian film composer and singer who primarily works in Tamil cinema.

Veerapandiya Kattabomman Indian activist
Veerapandiya Kattabomman Indian activist

Death/ Death Anniversary

1799: Veerapandiya Kattabomman Indian activist (b. 1760)

1951: Liaquat Ali Khan, Indian-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Pakistan (b 1895)

1973: Thevarparampil Kunjachan was an Indian Syro-Malabar Catholic priest who dedicated himself to the spiritual and temporal welfare.

1974: Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar was a Carnatic music singer from Palakkad.

Govind Purushottam Deshpande, Indian playwright
Govind Purushottam Deshpande, Indian playwright

1974: Edasseri Govindan Nair was an Indian poet and playwright of Malayalam literature.

1983: Harish-Chandra FRS was an Indian American mathematician and physicist who did fundamental work in representation theory.

2013: Govind Purushottam Deshpande, Indian playwright and academic (b. 1938)

Further Reading

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