May 1 Today in Indian History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1486 Christopher Columbus proposes his plan to search for a western route to India in an audience with Spanish monarch, Isabella I. Full support is granted 3 years later, in 1489

Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Isabella I of Castile
Queen of Castile Isabella I of Castile
  • 1907 Indian Mine Laws passes (concessions from Neth-Indies)
  • 1960 India’s Bombay state split into Gujarat & Maharashtra states
  • 1960 7th National Film Awards (India): “Apur Sansar” wins the Golden Lotus

Historic Event

2009 Chanda Kochhar takes over from K. V. Kamath as CEO and Managing Director of ICICI Bank

Chanda Kochhar
Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar

More Indian History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1913 Balraj Sahni [Yudhishthir], Indian Bollywood actor (Dharti Ke Lal), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab (d. 1973)
  • 1927 Israr Ali, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (4 Tests; member of Pakistan’s first Test team that played against India 1952–53), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Suresh Kalmadi, Indian politician
  • 1946 Joanna Lumley, British actress (Absolutely Fabulous, OHM’s Secret Service), born in Kashmir, India

Tim McGraw

1967 Tim McGraw, American country musician and actor, born in Delhi, Louisiana

Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
  • 1971 Ajith Kumar, Indian film actor

Famous Deaths

  • 2018 Ashok Mitra, Indian economist and politician, dies at 90

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