This Day in History on 19 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 19 September. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

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Important Events

1513: A Spanish conquistador, Vasco de Balboa, today reached the west coast of America and became the first European to cast his eyes on the western ocean.

1888: The World’s first beauty contest took place in Belgium, and the contest was won by 18-years old Bertha Soucaret from Guadeloupe, who collected the 5,000-franc prize.

1893: Women gained the right to vote in New Zealand.

1928: Hollywood artist Walt Disney today released the first sound cartoon film, Steamboat Willie. The film features Mickey mouse and Disney himself provides his squeaky voice on the soundtrack.

1945: Lord Haw-Haw was sentenced to hang for treason.

1950: U. N. Assembly rejects Indian-Soviet proposal to admit Communist China in New York.

1957: The US conducted the first underground atomic bomb test.

1959: Russian President Nikita Khrushchev was barred from visiting Disneyland in the United States for security reasons.

1960: Sindhu River water-sharing settement was signed between India and Pakistan.

1965: Government extends ultimatum to India to dismantle forts within four days in China.

1983: St. Kitts and Nevis gain independence.

1990: Rajeev Goswami, a student of Delhi University, attempts to self immolate himself in protest against the implementation of Mandal Commission Report.

1991: Lok Sabha passes unanimously the Places of Worship Special Provisions Bill for maintaining the status quo of religious places as on 1947.

1997: A Delhi court rules that interviewing of the child and parents by school authorities, for admission to primary classes, is illegal and improper.

2000: India remains committed to a unilateral moratorium on nuclear tests, but we will not allow this stand to stand in the way of our protecting India’s supreme natural interest,” said Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on his return from the US.

2000: Karnam Malleshwari became the first Indian woman to win a bronze medal in the 69 kg weightlifting category at the Sydney Olympics.

2007: Yuvraj Singh became the first player to hit six sixes in an over in a T20 cricket match. 

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Reuben David, Indian veterinarian and zoo founder
Reuben David, Indian veterinarian and zoo founder

1551: Henry III, King of France and Poland.

1911: Boyi Bhimanna, great Hindi writer, poet and prolific author, was born at Mamidikuduru in AP.

1911: William Golding, British novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate. best known for The Lord of the files.

1912: Reuben David, Indian veterinarian and zoo founder (d. 1989)

1922: Salil Chawdhary, Bengali-Indian composer, poet, and playwright.

1927: Kunwar Narayan, famous writer of ‘Atmajayee’ and ‘Akaron Ke Aas Pas’, was born.

1933: Sunit Francis Rodrigues, former Chief Army General, was born.

 Aakash Chopra, Indian cricketer
Aakash Chopra, Indian cricketer

1941: Cass Elliot, an American singer, and actress who is best known for having been a member of the Mamas and the Papas.

1965: Sunita Williams, American astronaut, and a United States Navy officer.

1974: Jimmy Fallon, American talk show host, and comedian.

1977: Akash Chopra, Indian cricketer, commentator, and sportscaster.

Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian singer
Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian singer

Death/ Death Anniversary

1581: Guru Ramdasji died. His son Arjun Dev succeeded him and changed the offerings to the Guru into a regular tax.

1704: Guru Govind Singh died.

1710: Ole Romer, Danish astronomer.

1726: Khandoballal died.

1881: James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States. He was shot on July 2 has been in office for just four months.

1925: Sir Francis Darwin, English botanist.

Guy Gibson, Indian-English commander
Guy Gibson, Indian-English commander

1936: Pandit Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian singer and musicologist (b. 1860). He was also a lawyer, professor and social reformer.

1944: Guy Gibson, Indian-English commander, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1918)

1963: Sir David Lowe, a world-famous cartoonist.

1968: Chester Carlson, American inventor of the Xerox photocopying system.

Damayanti Joshi, Indian dancer
Damayanti Joshi, Indian dancer

1987: Ener Gerhardesen, Norway’s first prime minister.

1993: Dinsha K. Mehta, Gandhi’s health advisor, and colleague.

1997: Ambar Roy, Indian test batsman (1969-70), died in Calcutta.

2004: Damayanti Joshi, Indian dancer and choreographer (b. 1928)

Further Reading

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