2004 – The 9.1–9.3 Mw Indian Ocean earthquake shakes northern Sumatra with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). One of the largest observed tsunamis follows, affecting the coastal areas of Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia; death toll is estimated at 227,898.
1955 – Evan Bayh, American lawyer and politician, 46th Governor of Indiana
Death/ Death Anniversary
1981 – Savitri, Indian actress, playback singer, dancer, director and producer (b. 1936)
1998 – Ram Swarup, Indian writer on Hindu philosophy and religion (b. 1920)
1999 – Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian academic and politician, 9th President of India (b. 1918)
2006 – Munir Niazi, Indian-Pakistani poet (b. 1928)
2011 – Sarekoppa Bangarappa, Indian politician, 15th Chief Minister of Karnataka (b. 1932)