19 April in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 19 April is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Hansraj, Arshad Warsi, and Anju Bobby George.

19 April is also observed as the death anniversary of Anant Laxman Kanhere, and Syed Hasan Imam.

Birth Anniversary

19 April in Indian history is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the following personalities:

Mahatma Hansraj (19 April 1864 – 15 November 1938), a famous Arya Samaj leader, social reformer, and educationist of Punjab. Due to his significant contribution and efforts, more than 750 schools and colleges are providing quality education in its name. Hansraj Ji was greatly influenced by the thoughts of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. He was a strong opponent of casteism. He was born on 19 April 1864 in Punjab.


Arshad Warsi, an Indian actor, producer, dancer, television personality, choreographer, and playback singer who appears in Hindi films. He is the recipient of several awards including a Filmfare Award from five nominations and is noted for acting in varied film genres. He was born on 19 April 1968.

Anju Bobby George, a famous athlete from India. Anju won India a world-class award for the first time by winning a bronze medal in the long jump at the World Athletics Championships held in Paris in September 2003. She became India’s first medalist in world athletics in 2003 at the age of 25. She was born on 19 April 1977 in Chiranchira (Kerala).

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Death Anniversary

19 April in Indian history is observed as the death anniversary of the following personalities:

Anant Laxman Kanhere (1891 – 19 April 1910), one of the young revolutionaries of India. He is counted among the youth who died for the freedom of the country. In 1909, Ganesh Savarkar was sentenced to life imprisonment for writing an article against the British government. This decision of the British government created excitement among the revolutionaries. Inspired by the spirit of vengeance, Anant Laxman Kanhere shot Jackson, the District Officer of Nashik on December 21, 1909. Later Kanhere was caught and hanged when he was just 19 years old. He died on 19 April 1910 in Maharashtra.

Syed Hasan Imam (31 August 1871 – 19 April 1933), a High Court judge, social reformer, and President of the Indian National Congress. He died on 19 April 1933.

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Notable events on 19 April in Indian and World history

19 April 1451 – Bahlol Lodi captured Delhi on this day.

19 April 1770 – Captain James Cook became the first Westerner to reach Australia.

19 April 1775 – Beginning of the American Revolution.

19 April 1852 – The California Historical Society was formed on this day.

19 April 1867 – Dr Elvira Rawson — an Argentine physician and social reformer who played a significant role in promoting women’s rights and improving public health during the late 19th and early 20th centuries was born.

19 April 1870– Vera Gedroits — a pioneering figure in the field of medicine, known for her remarkable achievements as a surgeon, writer, and member of the Russian nobility was born.

19 April 1872 – Alice Salomon — a pioneering German social reformer, educator, and feminist was born.

19 April 1906 – Pierre Curie, a French physicist, and Nobel Prize Laureate died.

19 April 1910 – Halley’s tail star was first seen with the naked eye.

19 April 1919 – Leslie Irwin of America made the first jump with a parachute.

19 April 1936 – Anti-Semitic riots began in Palestine on this day.

19 April 1946 – Duygu Asena — was a Turkish journalist, best-selling author and activist for women’s rights was born.

19 April 1950 – Syama Prasad Mookerjee became the first cabinet minister to resign.

19 April 1972 – Bangladesh became a member of the Commonwealth.

19 April 1975 – The first Indian satellite Aryabhata was launched with the help of the then Soviet Russia.

19 April 1982 – NASA named Sally Ride to be the first female astronaut.

19 April 1989 – The African country of Sierra Leone was declared a republic.

19 April 1998  Octavio Paz, a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, died.

19 April 2003 – Chinese female lifter Bang Ming Chian set a world record.

19 April 2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ransinger of Germany was elected the new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

19 April 2006 – The first astronaut Neil Armstrong was presented with the moon piece he brought.

19 April 2011 – Former Cuban President Fidel Castro resigned after being on the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba for 45 years.

19 April 2015  Theodosia Okoh – a Ghanaian teacher and artist known for designing Ghana’s national flag in 1957 – died.

19 April 2016 –  Walter Kohn an Austrian-born American theoretical physicist, and Nobel Prize Laureate, died.

World Liver Day – An annual celebration of world liver day takes place on 19 April. The day is dedicated to spreading awareness about liver diseases. With the exception of the brain, the liver is the second largest and most complex organ in the body.

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