1856 - Ishwar Chand Vidyasagar, on the request of Governor Lord Canning, instituted a law announcing the right of Hindu widows for re-marriage.
1954 - I.K. Kumaran took over the administration from the French administrator marking the end of 224 years of French rule in Mahe.
1909 - Aruna Asaf Ali (Aruna Ganguly) was born in Kalka, Punjab, British India. She was a freedom fighter. She received International Lenin Peace Prize, Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, Padma Vibhushan, and Bharat Ratna.