This Day in History on 29 October

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 29 October. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

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Important Events

1851: British Indian Association was established in Bengal with Radha Kanta Dev as president and Devendranath Tagore as the Secretary.

1920: Jamia Milliya Islamia was founded by Dr. Jakir Husain and his collegues at Aligarh. ‘Khilafat’ and the Non- Cooperation Movement were an integral part of policy animating.

1922: Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy.

1923: With the announcement of the end of the Ottoman Empire, parliamentary democracy in Turkey gained its footing and became a country republic on this day.

1930: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is sent back to prison for two yearrs following a speech he made at Allahabad the day after his release from jail.

1952: Amalgamation of the Steel Corporation of Bengal with Indian Iron and Steel Company Ltd. to be effective from 1st January 1953 under the latter’s name.

1958: Dhondo Keshav Karve, first social and educational reformer of Maharashtra, honoured by Bharat Ratna Award.

1961: Syria withdrew from the United Arab Republic.

1961: New All India Muslim League was established.

1962: China attacked India.

1964: Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.

1967: Priceless and irreplaceable gems, including the famed ‘Star of India’ of 563.35 carats and 2.5 inches in diameter, were stolen from the American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA, in a daring burglary. An alarm system was discontinued years ago as was the all-night guard in the gem hall, both for reasons of economy. The jewels were uninsured due to high-priced premiums. There were other jewels too that were also robbed during this time.

1994: Homi Bhabha Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science and Technology Awarded to Dr. T. Gyanshekaran and R.E. K. Murthy.

1996: Indian-made Kamini 30 MW reactor commissioned at Kalpakkam.

1999: The cyclone left the coastal region of eastern India tingling. 

1999: Kamini’ (Kalpakkam Mini), a 30 KW research reactor which uses man-made Uranium-233 as fuel and the only working reactor of its kind in the world, attains ‘criticality’.

2000: P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister, says Indian rupee will be made fully and freely convertible by year 2000.

2005: Terrorist bombings killed more than 60 people in Delhi.

2008: Delta Airlines merged with Northwest Airlines and became the world’s largest airline.

2015: China’s one-child policy was discontinued after 35 years.

Baselios Thoma Didymos I, Indian metropolitan
Baselios Thoma Didymos I, Indian metropolitan

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1739: Jayi Rajaguru, a prominent figure of the Indian independence movement in the state of Odisha.

1897: Joseph Goebbels, Chancellor of Germany and Nazi leader.

1921: Baselios Thoma Didymos I, Indian metropolitan (d. 2014)

1929: Vyankat Chalaiyya Manipalli Narayan Chalaiyya, Chief Justice of Supreme Court, was born.

1935: Narendra Kumar Chhajerh, great industrialist, was born.

Raghava Lawrence, Indian actor
Raghava Lawrence, Indian actor

1937: S. R. Ramaswamy, an Indian writer, journalist, biographer, social activist, and environmentalist. 

1950: John Paul Puthusery, an Indian writer who has penned screenplays for nearly 100 Malayalam movies.

1956: Joy Alukkas, an Indian businessman from Kerala, India.

1971: Matthew Hayden, Australian cricketer.

Vijender Singh, Indian boxer
Vijender Singh, Indian boxer

1976: Raghava Lawrence, Indian actor, director, and choreographer

1985: Vijender Singh, Indian boxer

1985: Cal Crutchlow, English motorcycle racer.

1996: Swapna Barman, an Indian heptathlete.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1783: Jean-Baptiste le Rond d’Alembert, a French mathematician, mechanical, physicist, philosopher, and music theorist.

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Indian author
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Indian author

1911: Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-American political leader, and publisher.

1933: Paul Painleve, Prime Minister of France and mathematician.

1959: Edith Clarke, the first woman to be professionally employed as an electrical engineer in the United States.

1978: Vasant Ramji Khanolkar, the founder of medical research in India.

1988: Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Magsaysay Award-winning Indian freedom fighter and social activist.

1990: Kurtkoti Lingangaunda, great Indian Philosopher, passed away.

1991: Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya, freedom fighter and political leader, passed away.

1992: Vinod Mehra, famous Hindi film actor, died.

1996: Barister Waman Barlinge (Dadasaheb), great freedom fighter, former Rajya Sabha member and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, passed away.

Further Reading

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