15 January in Indian and World History
15 January in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 15 January is the birth anniversary of Ashwini Kumar Dutt, Saifuddin Kitchlew, V. S. Ramadevi, and Mayawati Naina Kumari.
15 January is also observed as the death anniversary of Ranganath Ramachandra Diwakar, and Gulzarilal Nanda.
15 January in Indian history is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the following personalities:
Ashwini Kumar Dutt (15 January 1856 – 7 November 1923) was a famous Indian politician, social activist, and patriot. He started his professional life as a teacher. He participated as a delegate in the second Calcutta session of the Congress in the year 1886. He was born on 15 January 1856 in East Bengal.
Saifuddin Kitchlew (15 January 1888 – 9 October 1988) was a well-known patriot and revolutionary of Punjab. He was born on 15 January 1888 in Amritsar, Punjab.
V. S. Ramadevi (15 January 1934 – 17 April 2013) was the first woman to hold the post of Chief Election Commissioner of India. She was the Chief Election Commissioner from 26 November 1990 to 11 December 1990. He also held the post of General Secretary of the Rajya Sabha. She was the Rajya Sabha General Secretary from 1 July 1993 to 25 July 1997. Ramadevi was born on 15 January 1934.
Mayawati Naina Kumari is one of the top female politicians of India. She is the leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), one of the leading political parties in the country, and the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. She is popularly known as ‘Bahan Ji’ among her workers. She was born on 15 January 1956 in New Delhi. In the assembly elections of 2007, her party won an absolute majority in the state, after which she became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in the country. Even before this, Mayawati was the chief minister of the state for three short terms in 1995, 1997, and from 2002 to 2003 with the support of ‘Bharatiya Janata Party’. She was born on 15 January 1956.
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15 January in Indian history is observed as the death anniversary of the following personalities:
Ranganath Ramachandra Diwakar (30 September 1894 – 15 January 1990) was an Indian National Congress politician. He was appointed a member of the Constituent Assembly from Maharashtra. After India’s independence, R. R. Diwakar was appointed ‘Minister of Information and Broadcasting’ in Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet. He died on 15 January 1990.
Gulzarilal Nanda (4 July 1898 – 15 January 1998), was an Indian politician and economist. He died on 15 January 1998 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
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Notable events on 15 January in Indian and World History
15 January 1759 – The British Museum is established at Montague House in London.
15 January 1784 – Asiatic Society of Bengal was founded.
15 January 1918 – Yashwant Agarwadekar was a very fierce revolutionary of the Gomantak Dal.
15 January 1926 – Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, a Indian wrestler, was born.
15 January 1934 – About 20,000 people died due to a tremendous earthquake in Bihar.
15 January 1975 – Portugal signs the accord for the independence of Angola.
15 January 1985 – Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish chemist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
15 January 1988 –Seán MacBride, Irish republican activist, politician, Nobel Prize laureate
15 January 1988 – Former India bowler Narendra Hirwani achieved a historic feat by taking 16 wickets in his first Test match against the West Indies.
15 January 1998 – The trilateral summit of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan started in Dhaka.
15 January 2006 – The British High Court orders the embargo on two of Quattrocchi’s bank accounts.
15 January 2013 – 83 people died and 150 were injured in a rocket attack on Aleppo University in Syria.
15 January 2016 – A terrorist attack on a hotel in Ouagadougou in the West African country of Burkina Faso kills 28 and injures 56.
Indian Army Day is observed every year on 15 January. It is celebrated on 15 January every year in India, in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa‘s (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Francis Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949.