This Day in History on 26 November

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 26 November. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Indian Constitution Day

Constitution Day – or ‘Samvidhan Divas’ – is celebrated on November 26 to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. On this day, the Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution of India, which came into effect on 26th January 1950.

Important Events

1863: US President Abraham Lincoln declared November 26 as Thanksgiving Day.

1885: Meteorite photographed for the first time.

1932: The great cricketer Don Bradman completed ten thousand runs in first-class cricket.

1941: Lebanon became independent.

1949: The Indian constitution presented by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was approved.

1960: STD service started between Kanpur and Lucknow for the first time in India.

1965: Asterix (A-1), France’s first satellite, was launched into space from Algeria.

1982: The 9th Asian Games held in Delhi.

1997: An Indian scientist, Technician Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honor.

2008: Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-sponsored militant group, launched a terrorist attack in Mumbai. This incident is known as 26/11.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Ram Sharan Sharma
Verghese Kurien

1885: Debendra Mohan Bose, an Indian physicist.

1890: Suniti Kumar Chatterji, an Indian linguist, educationist, and litterateur.

1890: Tukojirao Holakar III, the Maharaja of Indore.

1898: Karl Ziegler, a German chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

V. K. Murthy
K. D. Sethna

1902: Maurice McDonald, co-founder of McDonald’s.

1904: K. D. Sethna, Indian poet, scholar, writer, philosopher, and cultural critic (d. 2011)

1919: R. S. Sharma, an eminent historian.

1921: Verghese Kurien, the founder of Amul, was known as the “Father of the White Revolution” in India.

Keith Vaz
Jasu Patel

1922: Charles Schulz, an American cartoonist.

1923: V. K. Murthy, Indian cinematographer (d. 2014)

1924: Jasu Patel, Indian cricketer (d. 1992)

1926: Yash Pal, an Indian scientist, educator, and educationist.

Rabi Ray
Karan Bilimoria

1926: Rabi Ray, Indian activist and politician, 10th Speaker of the Lok Sabha (d. 2017)

1952: Munawwar Rana, an Indian modern Urdu poet.

1954: Velupillai Prabhakaran, a Tamil guerrilla freedom fighter.

1956: Keith Vaz, Indian-English lawyer and politician, Minister of State for Europe

Arjun Rampal

1961: Karan Bilimoria, Baron Bilimoria, Indian-English businessman, co-founded Cobra Beer

1972: Arjun Rampal, Indian actor and producer

1983: Chris Hughes, an American entrepreneur, and co-founder of Facebook

Death/ Death Anniversary

1883: Sojourner Truth, an American abolitionist, and women’s rights activist.

1926: John Moses Browning, an American firearms designer.

1938: Maulana Shaukat Ali, an Indian Muslim leader of the Khilafat Movement.

M. C. Nambudiripad

2008: Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar, Ashok Kamate, and 17 other police personnel were killed in a terrorist attack in Mumbai.

2012: M.C Nambudipadi, an Indian writer, and translator.

2012: Joseph Edward Murray, an American plastic surgeon who performed the first successful human kidney transplant.

2016: Ivan Mikoyan, co-designer and designer of the Russian MiG-29 aircraft.

2018: Stephen Hillenburg, an American animator, and marine science educator.

Further Reading

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