January 14 Today in Indian History

Historical Events

  • 1641 United East Indian Company conquers city of Malacca, 7,000 killed
  • 1761 Third Battle of Panipat: In one of the largest battles of the century, the mostly Muslim Afghani Durrani Empire defeats the mostly Hindu Maratha Empire in Northern India. An estimated 60,000–70,000 were killed in the fighting and about 40,000 Maratha prisoners massacred afterwards.

Agreement of Interest

1914 The Gandhi-Smuts Agreement is reached between Gen. J.C. Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, regarding voluntary registration, poll tax, recognition of Indian marriages and other matters

Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1946 2 jetties collapse in Ganges, crushing 160 Hindu pilgrims
  • 1949 Black and Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die

Historic Event

1989 1,000 muslims burn Salman Rushdies’ “Satanic Verses” in Bradford, England

Salman Rushdie
Novelist Salman Rushdie
  • 2011 Stampede near Sabarimala in Kerala, India kills 104 devotees and injures 100 more

More Indian History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1819 Frederick Steele, American Major General (Union Army), born in Delhi, New York (d. 1868)
  • 1926 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer & activist, born in Dhaka, British India (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Shoban Babu, Indian actor, born in Nandigama, India (d. 2008)

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