February 27 Today in Indian History

Historical Events

  • 1803 Great fire in Bombay, India
  • 2002 Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya

  • 2013 20 people are killed in a market fire in Calcutta, India
  • 2019 Pakistan shoots down an Indian fighter jet and captures the pilot, further escalating tensions in the disputed Kashmir region

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1912 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, British India (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Kusumagraj, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1941 Paddy Ashdown, British MP, leader of Liberal Democrats (1988-1999), born in New Delhi, British Raj (d. 2018)

Famous Deaths

  • 1712 Bahādur Shah I, 7th Mughal Emperor of India, dies at 68
  • 1931 Chandra Sekhar Azad, Indian revolutionary (Hindustan Socialist Republican Army), dies at 24

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