Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India
Indian troops take Basra in Mesopotamia
Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth
British King George confined to bed with congested lung; Queen to take over duties.
American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas
Lok Sabha passed notification to change the name of Madras state as Tamil Nadu.
Isolation of a single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University
Indian and Pakistan governments protested violations of national airspace along the western border, but aerial conflict between the respective air arms began, preceding full-scale warfare between India and Pakistan by 12 days.
Diana Hayden, 24-year-old Mumbai-born Miss India, beat 85 contestants from around the world to be crowned new ‘Miss Universe’ at Mahe in Seychelles.
Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany