December - The Government of India successfully detonated its first nuclear weapon somewhere in USSR, becoming the sixth nation to do so.
January 31 - Meher Baba (Merwan Sheriar Irani) was passed away at the age of 74 at Meherazad. He was a spiritual master. He declared publicly in 1954 that he was the Avatar of the age.
May 3 - Dr. Zakir Hussain died. He was the third President of India from 13 May 1967 until his death on 3 May 1969. He also held the positions of Governor of Bihar and Vice President of India.
July 18 - Annabhau Sathe died. He was a social reformer and Marathi writer.