This Day in History on 18th May

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 18th May. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

  • Teacher’s Day (Syria)
  • Victory Day (Sri Lanka)
World AIDS Vaccine Day

World AIDS Vaccine Day

Important Events

Warren Hastings

1775: Warren Hastings expressed doubt about hanging Nandkumar.

1933: Gandhiji commences at noon 21 days’ fast for self-purification; released unconditionally at 9 p.m.

1946: Gandhiji discusses Plan with Cabinet Mission.

1955: Hindu Marriage Act is amended.

1972: Kokan Krishi (Agriculture) University was established.

1974: First underground Atomic device explosion in India was carried out successfully near Pokhran in Rajasthan (Thar Desert) at 8:05 a.m. This event made India the 6th nation to explode an atomic bomb.

1985: Dr P. C. Alexander was appointed High Commissioner in Britain. The ten-day Golden Temple siege at Amritsar ends with the surrender of 46 militant Sikhs.

1995: Criminal Law (Amendment Bill, 1995) was introduced in Parliament to replace the 10-year-old controversial TADA Act.

Birthday / Anniversary

Bertrand Russell, great philosopher, mathematician, author and Chairmain
Bertrand Russell, great philosopher, mathematician, author and Chairmain
Bhagwat Subramaniam Chandrasekhar, cricketer
Bhagwat Subramaniam Chandrasekhar, cricketer

1872: Bertrand Russell, great philosopher, mathematician, author and Chairman of the Indian League, was born.

1901: Nibaran Chandra Chakrabarti, a great poet and Hindi writer was born in Brahmangaon, (Dacca).

1926: Naranjan Bhagat, the famous Gujrathi poet, was born.
1945: Bhagwat Subramaniam Chandrasekhar, cricketer (brilliant Indian leggie 1964-79), was born in Banglore.

Death / Death Anniversary

Panchanan Maheshwari

1772: Janoji Bhosle, a warrior in the Peshwa kingdom, passed away.

1966: Panchanan Maheshwari, a great Indian scientist of botany, passed away.

1995: Sukhomoy Sengupta, 76, Tripura’s first CM, passed away.

Reema Lagoo, Indian theatre and screen actres
Reema Lagoo, Indian theatre and screen actres

1999: R. B. Sapre, India’s first national chess champion, died in Mumbai.

2017: Reema Lagoo, Indian theatre and screen actress

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History

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