This Day in History on 24 August

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 24 August. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

International Strange Music Day

Important Events

1608: The first official English representative landed in Surat, India.

1781: American Revolutionary War: A small force of Pennsylvania militia is ambushed and overwhelmed by an American Indian group, which forces George Rogers Clark to abandon his attempt to attack Detroit.

1969: Varahagiri Venkata Giri, popularly known as V.V. Giri, became the 4th President of India.

1974: Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed became the 5th President of India

2010: In San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 72 illegal immigrants are killed by Los Zetas and eventually found dead by Mexican authorities.

2010: Henan Airlines Flight 8387 crashes at Yichun Lindu Airport in Yichun, Heilongjiang, China, killing 44 out of the 96 people on board.

2016: An earthquake strikes Central Italy with a magnitude of 6.2, with aftershocks felt as far as Rome and Florence.

2019: PM Narendra Modi was honoured with UAE’s highest civilian award, ‘Order of Zayed’.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

 Shivaram Rajguru, Indian activist
Shivaram Rajguru, Indian activist

1888: Balasaheb Gangadhar Kher was the 1st CM of the Bombay State (present-day Maharashtra and Gujarat). He was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India in 1954.

1889: Koyapalli Kelappan Nair, also known as, K.K. Kelappan was a famous nationalist leader, freedom fighter, and social reformer.

1908: Shivaram Hari Rajguru was a revolutionary from Maharashtra. He was mainly known for his involvement in the assassination of a British Raj police officer.

Anjali Devi, Indian actress and producer
Anjali Devi, Indian actress and producer

1911: Bina Das was a revolutionary and nationalist from West Bengal.

1918: Sikander Bakht, Indian field hockey player and politician, Indian Minister of External Affairs (d. 2004)

1927: Anjali Devi was an actress, model and producer in Telugu and Tamil films.

1948: Shoba Chandrasekhar is a playback singer, director, writer, and producer. She is Tamil actor Vijay’s mother.

1949: Kelachandra Joseph George is a politician from Karnataka.

Sikander Bakht, Indian field hockey player
Sikander Bakht, Indian field hockey player

1983: Aditi Dev Sharma is a TV and film actress, known for her portrayal of Gangaa Shukla in &TV’s Gangaa and Mauli in Colors TV’s Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka.

1985: M. Rajesh is a film director and screenwriter who primarily works in the Tamil film industry.

1986: Shanthanu Bhagyaraj is a film actor who has worked in Tamil language films.

1989: Geetha Madhuri is a playback singer and dubbing artist who works primarily in the South Indian film industry. She has also won 2 Filmfare awards.

1990: Abhishek Malik is an Indian television actor, popularly known for the role of ‘Harshad Saxena’ in Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan.

1991: Poonam Yadav is a cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s cricket team.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1972: Venkatarama Ramalingam, or V. Ramalingam Pillai, was a Tamil poet and independence fighter.

1993: Dinkar Balwant Deodhar was an Indian cricketer who played first-class cricket between 1911 to 1948. 

2000: Kalyanji Virji Shah was a famous Indian film musician who also won the 1975 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, for Kora Kagaz. He also received the Padma Shri.

2019: Arun Jaitley was a politician and lawyer who also served as the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs for the Government of India between 2014 to 2019.

Further Reading

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