This Day in History on 21 December

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

Important Days

Important Events

1788: Sindhia arrested Gulam Qadir and killed him.

1881: Pundit Sunder Lal Sharma, freedom fighter and social reformer, was born at Rajim, M.P.

1898: Chemists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium.

1909: Anant Kanhere shot and killed Nashik District Collector Jackson.

1911: Central Bank of India established.

1913: The world’s first crossword puzzle, written by Arthur Wayne, was published in the New York World.

1929: Indian National Congress convenes in Lahore.

1937: The first cartoon film with colorful illustrations and voices, Disney’s Snow White, was screened.

1952: Saifuddin Kitchlew became the first Indian to receive the Lenin Peace Prize of the then Soviet Union.

1956: The Hindu Adoption Sub-Act 1956 was accepted.

1971: Kurt Waldheim became the fourth Secretary-General of the United Nations Security Council.

1974: INS Satavahana, the country’s first vessel for submarine training, was inducted into the ship fleet at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

1975: Madagascar adopted Constitution.

1986: Raghunandan Swaroop Pathak became the 18th Chief Justice of India.

1989: V. P. Singh wins vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha.

1990: Former Union Finance Secretary S. Venkatramanan appointed Governor of RBI. B. Rachaiah and Dr. Sarup Singh sworn in as Governors of Kerala and Gujarat respectively.

1991: Formation of Commonwealth by 11 Soviet republics in Alma Ata, capital of Kazakhstan.

1992: BJP-sponsored no-trust motion against the Rao Government defeated 334-106 in the Lok Sabha; Vajpayee ends fast.

1993: JPC indicts RBI and Finance Ministry in the multi-crore security scam.

1994: The IAF return from peace keeping duties as part of the Indian contingent supporting UN operations in Somalia.

1998: The Viswabharati University in Calcutta presents the ‘Deshikottama’ award to Nobel laureate Prof. Amartya Sen.

1999: Kushabhau Thakre, BJP president, said that Ayodhya issue was a ‘programme’ and not an ideology of the party.

1999: The Gujarat Government asks the Hindu Jagran March to go-ahead with the ‘Shilanyas’ for a Ram temple at Halmodi in Surat district.

1999: The Manisana Wage Board for Journalists and Non-Journalists of Newspapers presents tentative proposals to the Government.

2000: Central Zone and South Zone are declared joint winners after the game ends in a tie in the final of the Deodhar Trophy one day cricket tournament in Lucknow.

2000: Women’s Bill put off again.

2007: First joint exercise between India and China begins at Kunming Military Academy in Southern Yunnan Province of China.

2008: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan were included in the list of 50 powerful people of the world by America magazine News Week.

2012: Gangnam Style became the first video to be viewed one billion times on YouTube.

U. R. Ananthamurthy
Krishnamachari Srikkanth

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1903: Bhalchandra Digambar Garware, famous industrailist, was born.

1921: P. N. Bhagwati, the 17th Chief Justice of India.

1932: Ameen Sayani, a popular former radio announcer from India.

1932: U. R. Ananthamurthy, an Indian contemporary writer, and critic in the Kannada language.

Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

1948: Samuel Jackson, an American actor, and producer.

1903: B. D. Garware, an Indian industrialist.

1950: Jeffrey Katzenberg, an American film producer, and media proprietor.

1959: Krishnamachari Srikkanth, an Indian cricketer, and former chairman of the selection committee.


1959: Florence Delores Griffith Joyner, an American track and field athlete.

1963: Govinda, an Indian film actor.

1966: Rajiv Bajaj, an Indian businessman, and the managing director of Bajaj Auto.

1972: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, an Indian politician, and the 17th and current Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

1984: Mahira Khan, a Pakistani actress.

1989: Tamanna Bhatia, an Indian film actress.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1375: Giovanni Boccaccio, an Italian writer.

Autar Singh Paintal

1824: James Parkinson, an English surgeon.

1940: Francis Scott Fitzgerald, an American novelist.

1963: Jack Hobbs, an English professional cricketer.

1972: Paul Hausser, a German general.

2004: Autar Singh Paintal, Indian physiologist and neurologist (b. 1925)

Further Reading

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