December - Travancore-Cochin state came into being by the merger of Cochin and Travancore. Parur T. K. Narayana Pillai became the first chief minister.
January 1 - War between India and Pakistan stops as United Nations cease-fire takes effect in Kashmir.
November 8 - Nathuram Godse (Nathuram Vinayak Godse) was sentenced to death. He was the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi.
January 10 - Tollywood producer and distributor Allu Aravind was born. He is the son of famous Tollywood comedian Allu Ramalingaiah and brother in law of Mega Star Chiranjeevi, famous Tollywood hero and politician. His son Allu Arjun is also a hero in Tollywood.
January 13 - Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, AC, Hero of the Soviet Union, was born Patiala, Punjab. He is a former Indian Air Force test pilot. Sharma is the first Indian to travel in space.
December 29 - Syed Kirmani (Syed Mujtaba Hussain Kirmani) was born in Madras. He played cricket for India and Karnataka as a wicket-keeper. He received the Padmasri Award in 1982.
April 10 - Birbal Sahni died. He was a paleobotanist who studied the fossils of the Indian subcontinent. He was also a geologist who took an interest in archaeology. He founded the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany in Lucknow.
June 19 - Syed Zafarul Hasan was born. He was a prominent twentieth-century Muslim philosopher.
November 15 - Nathuram Godse (Nathuram Vinayak Godse) was hanged at Ambala Prison, Punjab Province, Dominion of India. He was the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi.
November 15 - Narayan Dattatraya Apte was executed by hanging along with Nathuram Godse at Ambala Jail. He was a Hindu activist and entrepreneur who was executed for his role in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
December 11 - Krishna Chandra Bhattacharya died. He was a philosopher at the University of Calcutta who studied one of the central questions of Hindu philosophy, which is how mind, life or consciousness creates an apparently material universe.