1. Rabindranath Tagore wins the Nobel Prize for Literature, 10th December, 1913.
2. Dadasaheb Phalke’s first movie Raja Harishchandra releases, 3rd May, 1913.
3. CV Raman wins Nobel Prize for Physics, 10th December, 1930.
4. Mahatma Gandhi’s statue inaugurated at Madame Tussaud’s, 1939.
5. Hindustan Motors begins production. First car manufacturer of India, 1942.
6. Jawaharlal Nehru declares India as a free country, 15th August, 1947.
7. India’s first President, Dr Rajendra Prasad, is the last to sign the constitution and India is born as a republic two days later on 26th January, 1950.
8. India holds first general elections and voters turn out in plenty, 1951.
9. India hosts the first Asian Games, 4th March, 1951.
10. Manohar Aich wins the Mr Universe title, August, 1952.
11. Mihir Sen becomes the first Indian to swim across the English Channel, 1958.
12. Arati Saha became the first Asian woman to swim across the English Channel, 29th September, 1959.
13. Sunil Dutt’s ‘Yaadein’ wins Guinness Book of World Records for least characters in a film, 1964.
14. Reita Faira becomes first Indian to win the Miss World crown, 1966.
15. India liberates Bangladesh as Pakistani forces surrender, 16th Dec, 1971.
16. The Chipko Movement comes into effect and saves trees, 26th Mar, 1974.
17. 1st Nuclear test carried out at Pokhran by India, 18th May, 1974.
18. Mother Teresa wins Nobel Peace Prize, 10th December, 1979.
19. Launch of Aryabhatta satellite, 19th April, 1975.
20. Bhanu Athaiya wins the first Oscar for India, 11th April, 1983.
21. India wins the Cricket World Cup for the first time, 25th June, 1983.
22. Rakesh Sharma becomes first Indian to travel in space, 2nd April, 1984.
23. Bachendri Pal climbs Mount Everest, 23rd May, 1984.
24. First TV series Hum Log is launched, 7th July, 1984.
25. Viswanathan Anand becomes Chess Grandmaster, 1988.