This Day in History on 25 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 25 December. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Good Governance Day (India)

Tulsi Pujan Diwas (India)

Important Events

336: Christmas was celebrated for the first time in Rome.

1763: Suraj Mal Jat, Maharaja of Bharatpur, was killed by Najib-ud -Daulah s troops.

1771: Shah Alam II sat on the Throne of Dehli. Marathas captured Delhi and induced Shah Alam to return to Delhi after an absence of 18 years from the captial.

1861: Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, freedom fighter and founder of Banaras Hindu University, was born at Allahabad.

1892: Swami Vivekananda meditated for three days on a rock in the middle of the sea at Kanyakumari.

1921: Mass boycott greets the Prince of Wales when he arrives in Calcutta.

1924: First All India Communist Conference held in Kanpur.

1927: B R Ambedkar burnt Manusmrti in a bonfire as a protest against the caste system.

1932: King George V’s chair collapsed during his Christmas dinner speech.

1943: Japanese bombers raid Chittagong.

1946: Gandhiji said, at Noakhali, “I am being tested through and through”.

1947: China adopted the constitution.

1964: Indian Ocean hurricane kills 4,000 in Ceylon, 3,000 in Indian province of Madras.

1969: India all out for 163 at Madras vs Australia, Ashley Mallett takes 5-91.

1974: Indian Aeroplane Jumbo 747 was hijacked and taken over to Rome.

1976: INS Vijaydurg, an Indian warship, joined the Indian Navy.

1979: Opening day of Fourth Test Cricket, India 8-112 v Pakistan at Kanpur.

1990: First successful trial of the World Wide Web (www).

1991: Ajit Singh expelled from the JD.

1994: Giani Zail Singh, former President of India, died in Chandigarh at the age of 78.

1995: First major multi-organ transplant in the country performed in Apollo Hospital in Madras.

1997: India-Sri Lanka one-day cricket match at Indore abandoned after three overs owing to a bad state of the pitch, which was a rare occurance.

1999: An Indian Airlines aircraft with 187 passengers on board is hijacked. The plane was going from Katmandu to New Delhi. It lands near Abu Dhabi after several hops.

2000: A. B. Vajpayee, Prime Minister, launches a Rs.60,000 crore ”Gram Sadak Yojana” for linking all villages and the “Antyodaya Anna Scheme” for providing cheap foodgrains under the TPDS.

2008: One of 11 payloaders of India’s Chandrayaan-1 launched into space sent a new picture of the moon.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Naushad Ali
Madan Mohan Malaviya

1642: Sir Isaac Newton, an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author.

1821: Clara Barton, a pioneering American nurse who founded the American Red Cross.

1861: Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, an Indian scholar, educational reformer, and politician.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Ram Narayan

1876: Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a barrister, politician, and the founder of Pakistan.

1878: Louis-Joseph Chevrolet, a Swiss-American race car driver, and co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company.

1879: Sadhu T.L. Vaswani (1879-1966), altruistic Sindhi poet and servant of God, who found several Hindu missions in India and seven Mira Educational Institutions in his lifetime, was born.

Ismail Merchant

1880: Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari, an Indian nationalist and political leader, and former president of the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League during the Indian Independence Movement.

1889: Pandurangi Kodanda Rao, journalist, Hindi writer and social worker, was born in Visakhapatnam, A.P.

1891: Kenneth Arthur Noel Anderson, Indian-English general and politician, Governor of Gibraltar (d. 1959)

1918: Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, a Pakistani writer and journalist.

Ramdas Athawale

1918: Anwar Sadat, an Egyptian politician, and the third President of Egypt.

1919: Naushad Ali, an Indian music director for Hindi films.

1921: Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Indian-Pakistani journalist and author (d. 2000)

1924: Atal Bihari Vajpayee, an Indian statesman, and 10th Prime Minister of India.

1926: Begum Para, an Indian Hindi film actress.

1926: Dharmavir Bharti, journalist and editor of Dharmyug, was born. His famous books are “Gunahon Ka Devta” and “Suraj Ka Satwa Ghoda”.

1927: Ram Narayan, an Indian musician, and Sarangi player.

1936: Ismail Merchant, Indian-English director and producer (d. 2005)

1937: Pitambar Datt Kaushika, great educationist, was born at Bulandshahar.

1949: Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister of Pakistan.

1959: Ramdas Athawale, an Indian politician.

1964: Anil Kaul, Canadian badminton player (Olympics-96), was born in Amritsar, India.

1965: Swami Ramdev Baba, an Indian yoga guru known for his work in Ayurveda, business, and agriculture.

1974: Nagma, an Indian politician and former actress.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1846: Swati Tirunal Ramavarma passed away.

Zail Singh

1949: Leon Schlesinger, an American film producer who founded Leon Schlesinger Productions, which later became the Warner Bros.

1949: Dr. Hari Singh Gour, famous law expert, great social reformer, jurist, leader and educationist, passed away.

1954: Manvendranath Roy, great patriot, died.

1972: C. Rajagopalachari, an Indian politician, independence activist, lawyer, writer, historian, and the last governor-general of India.

1977: Charlie Chaplin, an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer.

Sulagitti Narasamma

1994: Zail Singh, Indian politician, 7th President of India (b. 1916)

2006: James Joseph Brown, an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer, and bandleader.

2015: Sadhana Shivdasani, an Indian film actress.

2018: Sulagitti Narasamma, Indian midwife (b. 1920)

Further Reading

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