This Day in History on 7th April

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 7th April. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

World Health Day

Important Events

1541: Father Francis Xavier, Spanish founder of the Jesuits, 35, and three friends set sail from Lisbon, Portugal for Goa. They became the first Roman Catholic missionaries to travel to India.

1818: British Government imposed ‘State Prisoners Regulation III -1818’ for detention and deportion of political prisoners and revolutionaries without any trial. This black act was in force till 1947 when India got independence.

1906: The city of Naples was devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

1919: England’s Imperial Airways had extended its flight to London-Karachi instead of London-Kahira. It was the first commercial air service in undivided India.

1921: Revolutionary leader San Yat-Sen became the first President of the Chinese Republic.

1934: Mahatma Gandhi suspended his campaign of civil disobedience in India.

1940: Booker T. Washington became the first black American to have a picture on a postage stamp.

1948: Establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO).

1962: Umrigar slams 172* vs WI at Port-of-Spain in 248 minutes.

1986: Charles Sobhraj and his associate David Hall were nabbed at Mapusa in Goa.

1987: In a case filed by Saira Banu of Kerela, Supreme Court held that all wives, including Muslim women, whose husbands have either married again or taken a mistress are entitled to maintenance.

1993: Narsimha Rao,PM, arrives in Bangkok on a three-day visit to Thailand.

1996: Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya set a world record for a half-century off 17 balls in the Singers Cup.

1997: Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan finalise preparations for a new trade bloc called ‘Growth Quadrangle

1998: Soli Sorabjee is appointed Attorney-General of India.

2012: 130 Pakistani soldiers died of landslides in Siachen.

Birthday / Anniversary

1506: Saint Francis Xavier, Jesuit priest, Spanish missionary teaching in India and Japan, was born in the Spanish kingdom of Navarre.

1768: Mah Laqa Bai, an Indian 18th century Urdu poet.

1770: William Wordsworth, an English Romantic poet.

1860: W.K. Kellogg, an American industrialist in food manufacturing, was best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company.

1891: Sir David Low, a New Zealand political cartoonist and caricaturist.

1920: Pandit Ravi Shankar, an Indian musician, and composer of Hindustani classical music.

1925: Chaturanan Mishra, an Indian politician and trade unionist.

1942: Jeetendra, an Indian actor.

1954: Jackie Chan, a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, stuntman, film director, action choreographer, screenwriter, producer, and singer.

1962: Ram Gopal Varma, an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Death / Death Anniversary

1935: Shankar Abaji Bhise, famous Indian scientist, died.

1938: Kashiram Chhabildas Rana was born in Surat (Gujarat).

1942: Anandshankar Bapubhai Dhruv, famous Gujarati expert, Sanskrit Pandit and editor of a monthly magzine, died.

1947: Henry Ford, an American industrialist and business magnate, founder of the Ford Motor Company.

2001: G.N. Ramachandran, an Indian physicist.

2004: Kelucharan Mohapatra, a legendary Indian classical dancer.

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

Further Reading

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