This Day in History on 2 November

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

Important Days

Indian Arrival Day (Mauritius)

Important Events

1834: On this day a ship named Atlas reached Mauritius with Indian laborers. They celebrated as Indian arrival day.

1841: Akbar Khan revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan.

1908: 50 years after the start of direct rule, Edward VII talks of ‘prudently extending’ democracy.

1914: Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.

1936: The British Broadcasting Corporation launched the BBC television service.

1936: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was formed.

1940: In World War II, War started between Greece and Italy.

1950: India rebukes Mao for invasion of Tibet.

1951: About 6 thousand British soldiers arrived in Egypt to overcome the demonstrations against Britain. Apart from this, a large number of soldiers were on their way to Egypt.

1953: The Assembly of Pakistan renamed the country the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

1967: Ministry of Education evolves a National Service Scheme for University students.

1972: ICMR set up a chain of regional centres of National Nutrition Monitoring and 500 Indians seize Washington Bureaux in different parts of India.

1976: Lok Sabha passes the 42nd Constitution Amendment Bill making India a Socialist Secular Republic and laying down the fundamental duties of citizens.

1986: David Jacobson, an American citizen held hostage through Islamic extremists in Beirut, was released.

1988: In the general elections held in Israel, no party could get a clear majority and there was only one seat difference between the two major parties.

1990: Many die in firing in Ayodhya as Karsevaks storm the Ram Janma Bhumi/Babri Masjid structure. Curfew in many areas in north and west India to prevent communal violence. Several people die in violence.

1999: Southern playback singer S. P. Balasubramaniam selected for Lata Mangeshkar Award to be given by Madhya Pradesh Government.

2000: Sinam Chandramani Singh (18), national bravery award winner, his brother Sinam Robin Singh and their aunt were among 10 killed in firing by eight Assam Rifles personnel at Malom near Imphal.

2016: The Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, ending the longest Major League Baseball championship drought at 108 years.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Mahendralal Sarkar, Indian physician
Mahendralal Sarkar, Indian physician
Aga Khan III, Indian 48th Shia Imam
Aga Khan III, Indian 48th Shia Imam

971 AD: Mahmud of Ghazni was the first independent ruler of the Turkic dynasty of Ghaznavids.

1470: King Edward of England.

1534: Guru Ramdas, Sikh Guru, was born.

1755: Marie Antoinette, French Empress.

1795: James Knox Polk, the 11th president of the United States.

Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Indian author
Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Indian author

1833: Mahendra Lal Sarkar, co-founder of the Indian Association of Cultivation of Science, a homeopath, social reformer, and disseminator of science.

1865: Warren Gamaliel Harding, the 29th president of the United States.

1871: Kashinath Raghunath Mitra, famous editor of monthly magzine ‘Manoranjan’, was born.

1877: Aga Khan III, Indian 48th Shia Imam (d. 1957)

1877: Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, the 48th Imam of the Nizari Ismaili religion.

Arun Shourie, Indian journalist
Arun Shourie, Indian journalist

1886: Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician.

1889: Tyagmurti Goswami Ganeshdutt, social worker, was born at Chiniot in Jhang district, Punjab.

1897: Sohrab Meherbanji Modi, Indian filmmaker, director, and actor,.

1929: Amar Bose, Indian businessman, founder of Bose Corporation.

1935: Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Indian author

1941: Arun Shourie, Indian journalist, economist, and politician, Indian Minister of Communications

1949: M. G. George Muthoot, an Indian entrepreneur, and businessman.

Shah Rukh Khan, Indian film actor
Shah Rukh Khan, Indian film actor

1960: Anu Malik, Indian musician.

1965: Shah Rukh Khan, Indian film actor, producer and television host

1971: Roberto Fernandes, Indian Soccer(Football) player, was born in Goa.

1982: Yogeshwar Dutt, an Indian freestyle wrestler.

1993: Trishneet Arora, the founder, and CEO of TAC Security, an IT security company. 

Death/ Death Anniversary

1774: Lord Robert Clive, one of the founders of British Rule in India, British Army Chief and Diplomat, died. He committed suicide in England at the age of 49 under strain of ill health and charges of his misdeeds in India.

1885: Balwant Pandurang Kirloskar (Annasaheb), first great Marathi musical drama playwright, died.

Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar, Indian-American mathematician
Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar, Indian-American mathematician

1950: George Bernard Shaw, Nobel Prize-winning Irish author, and co-founder of the London School of Economics (LSE).

1961: James Grover Thurber, an American cartoonist, author, humorist, journalist, playwright.

1963: Ngô Đình Diệm, a Vietnamese politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Vietnam

Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu, Indian politician
Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu, Indian politician

1984: Sharad Chandra Muktibodh, Indian-Marathi writer.

1990: Abasaheb Garware, Indian Industrialist, founder of Garware Industries Group.

2012: Yeren Naidu, Indian Politician, Telugu Desam Party Lok Sabha leader.

2012: Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar, Indian-American mathematician and academic (b. 1930)

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History