The Parsees defeated the Europeans in a cricket match.
January 1 - Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India by the Royal Titles Act 1876, introduced by Benjamin Disraeli, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. This led to great celebrations in Darbars in India while millions of Indians perished in the famine that was going on then.
November 9 - Sir Muhammad Iqbal (Allama Iqbal) was born. He was a philosopher, poet and politician who is widely regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement. He is considered one of the most important figures in Urdu literature.
November 24 - "Khan Bahadur" Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara was born. He was the first Indian to become the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Mumbai Police in 1928.
Mohan Lal died. He was a traveller, diplomat, and author. He played an important role in the First Anglo-Afghan War. His biography of Dost Mohammad Khan, emir of Kabul, is a primary source on the War.
August 30 - Toru Dutt was born. She was a poet who wrote in English.