Timeline of Mumbai events

up to 18th century

  • 600 BC — First known permanent settlement.
  • 300 BC — Part of Ashokas Empire.
  • 900 to 1300 — part of Hindu Silhara dynasty.
  • 1343 — Part of the Gujarat sultanate.
  • 1508 — Francisco de Almeida sailed into the deep natural harbour.
  • 1534 — Mumbai ceded to the Portuguese.
  • 1661 — Portuguese Princess Catherine of Braganza brings Bom Bahia to King Charles II of England as part of her marriage dowry.
  • 1668/1669 — East India Company takes over Bombay
  • 1670 — First printing press imported to Bombay by Parsi businessman Bhimji Parikh
  • 1675 — Population estimated to have risen to 60,000 from 10,000 in 1661.
  • 1675 — The Mumba Devi temple built by an immigrant Hindu woman, Mumba, near the main landing site on the former Bori Bunder creek or inlet, against the north wall of the English Fort Saint George.
  • 1708 — The first agiary is built (Banaji Limji agiary)
  • 1733 — City gets another agiary (Manekji Sett agiary)
  • 1735 — Start of ship-building industry.
  • 1777 — First newspaper published in Bombay by Rustomji.

19th century

  • 1822 — First vernacular language newspaper in Bombay, Mumbai Samachar published by Fardoonjee. India’s oldest newspaper still being published.
  • 1838 — First edition of Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce launched
  • 1845 — Grant Medical College founded.
  • April 16, 1853 — First railway line in India between Bombay and Thane.
  • 1854 — First cotton mill started.
  • 1857 — University of Bombay established.
  • 1858 — The Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China opens its Bombay branch.
  • 1864 — The Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway (later merged with other railways to form Western Railway) is extended to Bombay.
  • 1870 — Bombay Port Trust formed.
  • 1872 — Bombay Municipal Corporation founded.
  • 1885 — Indian National Congress formed at Gowalia Tank Maidan.
  • 1887 — Victoria Jubilee Technological Institute (VJTI) established. First and only institute offering degree in engineering until 1960.
  • 1890 — Robert Harris, 4th Baron Harris arrives to take over as Governor of the Presidency of Bombay.
  • 1893 — Sectarian rioting between Hindus and Muslims.

20th century

  • 1900 — By this year, 45 trains of Western Railway in each direction were carrying over one million passengers annually.
  • 1911 — King George V and Queen Mary visit Bombay. Gateway of India is built to commemorate their arrival.
  • January 12, 1915 — Gandhi returns to India from South Africa at Mumbai.
  • January 22, 1926 — King Edward Memorial Hospital inaugurated.
  • July 15, 1926 — First motorised bus ran between Afghan church and Crawford Market.
  • 1928 — The first electric train runs between Churchgate and Borivali.
  • 1930 — Mumbai Cricket Association established.
  • October 15, 1932 — J. R. D. Tata flew from Karachi to Bombay via Ahmedabad landing on a grass strip at Juhu paving the way for civil aviation in India.
  • 1934 — UDCT established. First institute dedicated to research in Chemical Engineering in India.
  • August 8, 1942 — Quit India Movement declaration passed at Gowalia Tank Maidan.
  • April 14, 1944 — Massive explosion rocks Bombay Harbour killing scores of people, and debris falling more than 3 km away.
  • 1958 — IIT Bombay established in Powai.
  • 31 March 1964 — Last tram made its journey from Bori Bundar to Dadar.
  • December 1992 – January 1993 — Over 2000 people killed in Hindu-Muslim communal riots following the Babri Masjid destruction.
  • 1993 — Serial bomb blasts across Mumbai, masterminded by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, kill 300 and injure hundreds more.
  • 1995 — Bombay renamed to Mumbai. Subsequently University of Bombay renamed to University of Mumbai. [1]

21st century

  • August 25, 2003 — Two bombings by Islamist terrorists, allegedly connected to the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Toiba, kill 48 and injure 150.
  • 2004 — The fourth World Social Forum held in Mumbai, from 16–21 January.
  • July 26—August 1, 2005 — Torrential July rains and flooding – the worst in 120 years – push the death toll to nearly 450. See 2005 Maharashtra floods.
  • July 11, 2006 — At least seven bombs exploded on trains in Mumbai, killing at least 207. See 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings.
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