1835 The Royal College, Colombo in Sri Lanka is established with the name Hillstreet Academy.
1886 Ananda College, a leading Buddhist school in Sri Lanka is established with 37 students.
1948 Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth.
1960 Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world's first elected female head of government.
1978 A chartered Douglas DC-8 crashes near Colombo, Sri Lanka, killing 183.
1981 Burning of Jaffna library, Sri Lanka, It is one of the violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the twentieth century.
1986 Twenty-one people are killed and forty-one are injured after a bomb explodes in an airliner (Flight UL512) at Colombo airport in Sri Lanka.
1990 More than 127 Muslims are killed in North East Sri Lanka by paramilitary troops.
2004 A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 250,000 people including over 1700 on a moving train
2005 Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home.