This Day in History on 7th May

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

Important Days

  • Radio Day, commemorating the work of Alexander Popov (Russia, Bulgaria)

Important Events

1834: East India Company annexed Coorg. King Raja Veer Rajendra, who was a cruel ruler, after formally declaring a war had captured Durg State.

1849: Bethune College of Calcutta was established in upper-class families and it was started for female education.

1907: The First Electric Tramway service commenced in Bombay (Mumbai).

1946: Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) was founded.

1950: 81 people died in a rail crash at Patna. A sabotage was suspected.

1950: Punjab Mail train crashed near Jasidh killing 81 persons.

1955: Air India launched the Mumbai-Tokyo flight.

1958: Acharya Kripalani elected leader of a new opposition group in the Lok Sabha.

1973: The foundation stone was laid of Itanagar, the new capital of Arunachal Pradesh.

1985: Adoor Gopalakrishnan adjudged Best Director (Mukhamukham) in national film awards.

1990: Foundation stones are laid in Ayodhya for a new temple at the birthplace of Lord Rama as Hindu nationalism rises. Government disallows the Shilanyas.

1990: Government of India bans strikes in any service in any oil field or refinery under the Essential Services Maintenance Act.

1991: Haryana beat Bombay in the cricket Ranji Trophy final by 2 runs.

1994: Dr. S.P. Tripathy, Director-General of ICMR, retired after 32 years of distinguished service in the ICMR, and Dr. G.V. Satyavati took over as the new Director-General of ICMR in July 1994. She became the first woman scientist in the country to head not only ICMR but any Research agency in independent India.

1998: Mercedes-Benz acquires Chrysler for 40 billion, the largest industrial merger in history.

2000: Vladimir Putin became President of Russia.

Birthday / Anniversary

1711: David Hume, a Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian, and essayist.

1861: Guru Dev Rabindranath Thakur alias Tagore, novelist, painter, educationist and freedom fighter, was born in Calcutta

1880: Pandurang Vaman Kane, an Indian Indologist and Sanskrit scholar.

1889: Dr. Narayan Subbarao Hardikar, freedom fighter, journalist and Padmabhushan awardee, was born.

1892: Joseph Tito, a revolutionary and the first president of Yugoslavia.

1907: Rajbali Pandey, famous poet, was born.

1908: Sudhabala alias Ermaline was born in Bombay. She was a film actress. Her first film was ‘Hothal Padmini’ (1925).

1909: Edwin Herbert Land, the co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation.

1912: Pannalal Patel, great Gujrati novelist and story writer, was born.

1912: Pannalal Patel, an Indian author known for his contributions to Gujarati literature.

Death / Death Anniversary

1924: Alluri Seeta Rama Raju, an Indian revolutionary.

1973: Shivkumar Batalvi, famous Punjabi poet, died.

1974: Basanti Devi, an Indian independence activist.

1994:  Ustad Jahiruddin Dagar Nasir, famous classical singer of Dhrupad-Dhamar, passed away at the age of 62 in Bareilly.

2001: Prem Dhawan, an Indian lyricist, music composer, choreographer, and actor.

2002: Durga Bhagwat, an Indian scholar, socialist, and writer. 

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History

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