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24 May -544
Buddhists Believe Buddha's Spirit Freed Under Sacred Bodhi Tree

Buddhists Believe Buddha's Spirit Freed Under Sacred Bodhi Tree

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21 December 72
Thomas the Apostle Believed to Have Died in Mylapore (India)

Thomas the Apostle Believed to Have Died in Mylapore (India)

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7 July 1456
Joan of Arc Declared Innocent of Heresy by Pope Callixtus III

Joan of Arc Declared Innocent of Heresy by Pope Callixtus III

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7 April 1541
Francis Xavier, Founder of Spanish Jesuits, Sails From Lisbon to India

Francis Xavier, Founder of Spanish Jesuits, Sails From Lisbon to India

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6 May 1542
Jesuit Missionary Francis Xavier Arrives in Goa, India

Jesuit Missionary Francis Xavier Arrives in Goa, India

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5 January 1666

Birth of Guru Gobindh Singh in India

12 January 1863
Birth of Vivekananda in Bengal India

Birth of Vivekananda in Bengal India

2 October 1869
Birth of Mohandas Karamchand Ghandhi, Future Indian Leader and Civil Rights Activist

Birth of Mohandas Karamchand Ghandhi, Future Indian Leader and Civil Rights Activist

4 July 1902
Death of Indian Religious Leader Vivekananda, Opponent of Caste System in India

Death of Indian Religious Leader Vivekananda, Opponent of Caste System in India

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6 January 1929
Mother Teresa Arrives in Calcutta

Mother Teresa Arrives in Calcutta

8 March 1930
Mahatma Gandhi Starts Civil Disobedience in India

Mahatma Gandhi Starts Civil Disobedience in India

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24 May 1931
Mother Teresa Takes Religious Vows in India

Mother Teresa Takes Religious Vows in India

7 April 1933
German Nazi Government Issues Second Gleichschaltung Law

German Nazi Government Issues Second Gleichschaltung Law

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20 September 1933
Death of Annie Besant, Life-Long Political Reformer & Activist

Death of Annie Besant, Life-Long Political Reformer & Activist

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22 February 1947
Nehru Hails British Decision to Withdraw From India

Nehru Hails British Decision to Withdraw From India

15 March 1947

Over 1,000 Casualties Estimated After Fighting in Punjab Among Muslims, Sikhs, And Hindus

30 March 1947

Hindu and Muslim Riots in Bombay Leave Many Dead and Wounded

29 April 1947
Untouchability Status Abolished by India's Assembly

Untouchability Status Abolished by India's Assembly

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3 June 1947
Proposal Announced to Divide India into Two Separate States, Muslim and Hindu

Proposal Announced to Divide India into Two Separate States, Muslim and Hindu

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9 June 1947
Britain's Proposal to Divide India is Accepted by Muslim League Council

Britain's Proposal to Divide India is Accepted by Muslim League Council

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15 June 1947
All-India Committee Accepts British Plan to Divide India into Two States

All-India Committee Accepts British Plan to Divide India into Two States

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19 June 1947
Birth of Indian Author Salman Rushdie

Birth of Indian Author Salman Rushdie

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15 August 1947
Jinna Sworn in as Pakistan's Governor-General and Nehru as India's Prime Minister

Jinna Sworn in as Pakistan's Governor-General and Nehru as India's Prime Minister

13 September 1947
Massive Population Exchange Between India & Pakistan Announced

Massive Population Exchange Between India & Pakistan Announced

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27 March 1950
Indian Government Imposes Martial Law on Calcutta Over Religious Violence

Indian Government Imposes Martial Law on Calcutta Over Religious Violence

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8 April 1950
India and Pakistan Sign Agreement to Protect Religious Minorities, Reduce Religious Violence

India and Pakistan Sign Agreement to Protect Religious Minorities, Reduce Religious Violence

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7 October 1950
Mother Teresa Starts Missionaries of Charity

Mother Teresa Starts Missionaries of Charity

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31 March 1959
Political Asylum in India Granted to 14th Dalai Lama

Political Asylum in India Granted to 14th Dalai Lama

5 April 1959
Nehru Censures Communists over Chinese Suppression of Tibet

Nehru Censures Communists over Chinese Suppression of Tibet

0 June 1963

Indian Government Bans Visits to Kanyakumari Rock to Quell Dispute Between Catholics and Hindus

2 December 1964
Pope Paul VI Goes to India for 38th Eucharistic Conference

Pope Paul VI Goes to India for 38th Eucharistic Conference

6 September 1965

Indian Military Crosses International Border into Pakistan, Starts Undeclared War

25 December 1968

42 Dalits Burned Alive in India for Becoming More Politically Assertive

3 December 1971

Indo-Pakistani War Begins With Preemptive Pakistani Strike Against India

17 October 1979
Nobel Peace Prize is Awarded to Mother Teresa

Nobel Peace Prize is Awarded to Mother Teresa

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22 February 1983

3000 Muslims Killed by Rioting Hindus

3 June 1984
Indira Gandhi Orders Troops to Oust Sikh Extremists From Golden Temple

Indira Gandhi Orders Troops to Oust Sikh Extremists From Golden Temple

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31 October 1984
Assassination of India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

Assassination of India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

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3 December 1984

Union Carbide Pesticide Plant in Bhopal, India, Begins Leaking Chemicals

26 January 1986

Holiest Sikh Shrine, Golden Temple in Amritsar, Taken by Extremists

2 February 1986
Pope John Paul II Meets 14th Dalai Lama in India

Pope John Paul II Meets 14th Dalai Lama in India

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4 September 1987
Roop Kanwar Burned Alive in Sati Ritual at the Funeral of her Husband

Roop Kanwar Burned Alive in Sati Ritual at the Funeral of her Husband

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5 October 1988
Salman Rushdie's Book Satanic Verses is Banned by India's Home Affairs Minister

Salman Rushdie's Book Satanic Verses is Banned by India's Home Affairs Minister

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24 October 1990
Indian Nationalist Leader Lal Krishna Advani Arrested for Inciting Sectarian Violence

Indian Nationalist Leader Lal Krishna Advani Arrested for Inciting Sectarian Violence

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6 December 1992

Militant Hindus in Ayodhya Destroy Mosque With Sledgehammers and Bare Hands

8 November 1994
Christopher Hitchens' Critique of Mother Teresa Airs

Christopher Hitchens' Critique of Mother Teresa Airs

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13 March 1997
Sister Nirmala Follows Mother Theresa as Head of Her Order

Sister Nirmala Follows Mother Theresa as Head of Her Order

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25 July 1997
K.R. Narayanan Becomes First Untouchable Dalit to be India's President

K.R. Narayanan Becomes First Untouchable Dalit to be India's President

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5 September 1997
Death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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14 February 1998

Muslim Terrorists Detonate 14 Bombs in Coimbatore, India

 
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