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13th May - A Day in the life of India

Learn about the importance of 13th May in the history of India. Major historical events on this date and Famous Birthdays and Death Anniversaries on this day.

13th May in the history of India

  • 1998 – India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
  • 1967 – Dr. Zakir Husain becomes the third President of India. He is the first Muslim President of the Indian Union. He holds this position until August 24, 1969.
  • 1952 – The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
  • 1861 – Pakistan's (then a part of British India) first railway line opens, from Karachi to Kotri.


Celebrations/Observations on this day

Famous Birthdays on May 13

  • 1984 – Benny Dayal, Indian singer
  • 1951 – Anand Modak, Indian composer and director (d. 2014)
  • 1918 – Balasaraswati, Indian dancer and instructor (d. 1984)
  • 1916 – Sachidananda Routray, Indian Oriya-language poet (d. 2004)
  • 1905 – Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Indian lawyer and politician, 5th President of India (d. 1977)
  • 1857 – Ronald Ross, Indian-English physician and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1932)


Death Anniversaries on May 13

  • 2013 – Jagdish Mali, Indian photographer (b. 1954)
  • 1947 – Sukanta Bhattacharya, Indian poet and playwright (b. 1926)

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To start with, let me share my favourite Quote of Mahatma Gandhi, although some say Gandhi never said this, but this quote is attributed to him only.
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."


"Be the change that you wish to see in the world.""Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.""An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.""Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.""When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There h…