February 12 Today in Indian History

Historical Events

Voyage of Discovery

1502 Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India

Vasco da Gama
Explorer Vasco da Gama
  • 1772 Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India
  • 1960 Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers

Historic Event

2016 Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar is arrested on “anti-nationalism” charges by Indian police at an anniversary event of the death of Afzal Guru, at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University

Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 2019 Hotel fire in New Delhi, India, kills 17
  • 2019 Nasa data shows the world has got greener – 5% more leafier since early 2000s, mostly due to tree planting in China, intensive farming in India

More Indian History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1824 Dayananda Sarasvati, Indian hindu leader, founder of Arya Samaj reform movement, born in Tantara, India (d. 1883)
  • 1920 Pran Krishan Sikand, Indian actor often cast as the villain in Hindi cinema (Khandaan, Be-Imaan), born in New Delhi (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indian leader of Damdami Taksal (d. 1984)
  • 1967 Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician, born in Mysore, India

Famous Deaths

  • 1951 Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (one of the earliest proponents of the creation of the state of Pakistan and recognized as the creator of the name “Pakistan” for a separate Muslim, homeland in South Asia and is known as the founder of the Pakistan National Movement), dies at 53

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