April 5 - E.M. Sankaran Namboothiripad was sworn in as the first Chief Minister of Kerala.
April 27 - The first sitting of the Kerala Legislative Assembly was held.
January 7 - Bollywood actress Reena Roy was born. She acted as heroine many Hindi films from 1972 to 1985. She won Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in the film Apnapan (1977).
April 5 - Alagappa Chettiar (Sir K V AL RM Alagappa Chettiar) died. He was a businessman and philanthropist. He received Padmabhushan award.
August 30 - Nagerkoyil Sudalaimuthu Krishnan (Kalaivanar and NSK) died at the age of 48. He was a prominent Tamil film comedian, drama artist, playback singer and writer in the early stages of the Tamil film industry.