World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (International)
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (International)

This Day in History on 8th May

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 8th May. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days:

  • World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (International)

Important Events:

1963: Centenary of Indian Red Cross was celebrated. Today is birthday of its founder.
1990: A 255 kmph cyclone lashes Andhra Pradesh coast causing heavy losses to life and property.
1815: Malaun of Nepal was captured by General David Ochterlony.
1901: British commission claims famine has taken 1.25 mil. lives since 1899; blames overpopulation.
1910: Tolstoy replies to Gandhiji that question of Passive Resistance is of greatest importance, not only for India but for humanity.
1930: Gandhi followers mob Bombay to protest his arrest.
1933: Gandhi starts hunger strike to protest the British repression of untouchables.
1954: Indian Government decided to integrate Chandranagar in West Bengal which was under the rule of the French.
1959: Dalai Lama will not be allowed to campaign for Tibetan independence in India. India wants to maintain friendly relations with Communist China.
1962: Ravindra Bharti University established in West Bengal.
1997: India decides to import currency notes for the first time.
1998: Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh Prime Minister, gets the Gandhi award for 1998.

Birthday / Anniversary:

1906: Prannath Thapar, former General of India, was born.
1916: Chinmayananda Saraswati, Indian spiritual leader and educator (d. 1993)
1916: Ramananda Sengupta, Indian cinematographer
1938: Javed Burki, Indian-Pakistani cricketer

Death / Death Anniversary:

1725: John Lovewell, US Indian fighter, passed away in a battle.
1992: Gul Mahomed, cricketer (8 Tests for India & one for Pakistan), passed away.
1994: Harikant Jethwani, famous Sindhi litterateur, passed away.
1995: Prem Bhatia, journalist, passed away at 83.

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