This Day in History on 16 September

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

Important Days

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Important Events

1913: Kasturba Gandhi was arrested.

1931: Political prisoners in Hijli detention camp (near Kharagpur) were fired upon by the prison authorities. Political prisoners Tarkeshwar Dutta and Santosh Mitra were shot by an officer. Two died and many were injured.

1954: The Lok Sabha adopted a clause in the Special Marriage Bill providing for divorce by consent.

1990: Air India establishes a world record by evacuating more than 1.11 lakh people in eight weeks from Kuwait/Iraq during the Gulf War.

1995: Prime Minister inducts 16 new members into his Council of Ministers and elevates three deputy ministers to the rank of Ministers of State.

1996: First one-day international in Canada played between India and Pakistan at Toronto.

2000: In an important pronouncement, the Rajasthan High Court declares Jains as a religious minority community and allows teaching institutions set up by them to enjoy minority status under Articles 29 and 30 of the Constitution.

2007: One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.

2007: Security guards working for Blackwater Worldwide shoot and kill 17 Iraqis in Nisour Square, Baghdad.

2013: A gunman kills twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard.

2014: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launches its Kobani offensive against Syrian–Kurdish forces.

M. S. Subbulakshmi, an Indian Carnatic vocalist
M. S. Subbulakshmi, an Indian Carnatic vocalist

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1910: Cheppudira Muthana Poonacha was Chief Minister of Coorg, Minister in Mysore State, Member of Parliament.

1916: Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi was an Indian Carnatic singer from Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

1916: D. R. Samant, a journalist and social reformer was born at Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.

1929: Yerramilli Janardan Rao, educationist, was born at Tanuku, (W. Godavari).

Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Indian sitar player and composer
Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Indian sitar player and composer

1927: Mundanat Leelavathy, Malayalam writer, literary critic, and educationist.

1931: Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan was an Indian theoretical physicist and a professor at the University of Texas

1931: R. Ramachandra Rao, cricket test umpire for one test in 1986-87, was born at Tamil Nadu.

1945: Palaniappan Chidambaram, Indian politician and former attorney who currently serves as Member of Parliament.

1950: Maalan Narayanan, journalist and writer from Tamil Nadu, India.

1954: Byrraju Ramalinga Raju, former chairman and CEO of Satyam Computer Services.

1954: Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Indian sitar player and composer

1954: Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Bengali Hindustani classical sitar player.

1959: Roja Ramani, South Indian movie actress who predominantly worked in Telugu cinema.

1971: Prasoon Joshi, Indian lyricist, screenwriter, poet, and marketer.

1972: Kushan Nandy, Indian film producer, writer and director.

1977: Gauri Pradhan Tejwani, former model turned Indian television actress.

Ronald Ross, Indian-English physician and mathematician
Ronald Ross, Indian-English physician and mathematician

Death/ Death Anniversary

1932: Ronald Ross, bacteriologist and member of Indian Medical Service, died in London. He had also received a Nobel Prize.

1955: Leo Amery, Indian-English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies, died at the age of 81. (b. 1873)

Leo Amery, Indian-English journalist and politician
Leo Amery, Indian-English journalist and politician

1965: Ardeshir Tarapore was an officer in the Indian Army and a recipient of the Param Vir Chakra.

1973: Abasaheb Mujumdar, great musician, died.

1977: Kesarbai Kerkar was an Indian classical vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana.

1988: Mazhar Khan was an Indian film and television actor, producer and director.

Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force
Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force

2012: Suthivelu was an Indian film character actor, and comedian known for his works in Telugu cinema.

2017: Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force (b. 1919)

Further Reading

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