08 May – This Day in History

This Day in History on 8th May

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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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