This Day in History on 22 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 22 December. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

National Mathematics Day (India)

National Mathematics Day (India)

National Mathematics Day is celebrated on December 22 to commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.

The main objective behind celebrating the day is to raise awareness among people about the importance of mathematics for the development of humanity

Important Events

1241: Lahore was captured by Bahadur Taul Hulagu Khan, the chief commander of Mongols.

1510: Affonso de Albuquerque wrote, “My determination now is to prevent any Moor entering Goa, to leave a sufficient force of men and ships in the place, then with another fleet visit the Red sea and Ormuz”.

1751: Battle of Mandavgargh.

1843: Devendra Nath Tagore, father of Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore, joined the Brahmo Samaj.

1851: India’s first freight train launched at Roorkee.

1882: First Christmas tree decorated with bulbs made by Thomas Elva Edison.

1885: Samurai Ito Hirobumi became the first Prime Minister of Japan.

1928: An Alpine Romance’, a 709 feet long sound film produced by Universal Picture Corporation, America, was the first sound film censored at Bombay on December 22. The other sound films censored on the same day were ‘The Brox Sisters’ and ‘Bailey and Barnum’.

1939: Indian Muslims observe a “Day of Deliverance” to celebrate the resignations of members of the Indian National Congress over their not having been consulted over the decision to enter World War II with the United Kingdom.

1940: Freedom fighter and Indian political thinker Manvendra Nath Rai announced the establishment of the Radical Democratic Party.

1947: The Parliament of Italy adopted the new constitution.

1971: The then Soviet Union conducted an underground nuclear test.

1978: Thailand adopted the constitution.

1986: India cricket team score 7-676 vs Sri Lanka at Kanpur.

1992: Lok Sabha adopts the constitution amendment bills regarding Panchayati Raj and Nagarapalika Bills, and decentralisation of power to the village level.

1994: Sunil Gavaskar takes oath of office as the Sheriff of Bombay.

1995: A Russian-made AN-26 plane forced to land in Bombay following an Intelligence Bureau tip off that it could be the suspected aircraft which dropped arms at Purulia.

1998: Janata Dal’s S. Jaipal Reddy selected for the ”best parliamentarian award” for 1998.

1998: The National Award for the Best Technological Invention is conferred on Prof. J. R. Isaac, a computer scientist.

1998: The Patents Bill gets Rajya Sabha approval.

1999: CPI (M) is against India signing the CTBT.

1999: The Government says there is no hidden agenda behind the US lifting of curbs.

2000: Three Army jawans die in an attack by a suicide squad of Lakshar-e-Taiba at the Red Fort in Delhi leading to a 45-minute gun-battle.

2006: India and Pakistan set up a joint working group for mutual cooperation in the area of local bodies.

2010: US President Barack Obama signed a law related to homosexuality, paving the way for homosexuals in the military.

2016: Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung resigned 18 months before his term ends.

Guru Gobind Singh
Sarada Devi

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1666: Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, a spiritual master, warrior, poet, and philosopher.

1929: Wazir Mohammad, Indian-Pakistani cricketer

1853: Sarada Devi, a nineteenth-century Hindu mystic and saint.

Srinivasa Ramanujan
Dilip Doshi

1887: Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician.

1924: Kanaklata Barua, an Indian independence activist.

1947: Dilip Doshi, Indian cricketer

1960: Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American artist.

1971: Ajeenkya Patil, an Indian educationist, and economist.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1880: George Eliot, an English novelist, poet, journalist, and translator.

1923: Georg Luger, an Austrian designer of the famous Luger pistol.

1943: Helen Beatrix Potter, an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist.

1975: Vishnupant Purshottam Bhagwat, editor, publisher and printer of monthly magzine “Satyakatha”, died.

1975: Vasant Krishna Desai, famous music director, died.

1977: Nalinibala Devi, Assamese poet, passed died.

1985: Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon, an Indian poet of Malayalam literature.

1989: Samuel Beckett, an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, theatre director, poet, and literary translator.

2019: Baba Ram Dass, an American spiritual teacher, psychologist, and author.

Further Reading

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