1957 JUNE 13
Angamali Police firing killed seven people. Police opened fire against a mob participating in a demonstration seeking dismissal of Kerala’s first Communist Government Vimochana Samaram (liberation struggle). Seven people were killed and this incident resulted in the intensification of Vimochana Samaram and culminated in the dismissal of the first communist Government

[Photo: Family members of an Angamali martyr (Courtesy: Vimochanasamaram.blogspot.com]
  1958 JUNE 01
Kayamkulam–Kollam meter-gauge rail line inaugurated. The first rail line in Kerala was commissioned in 1861 between Beypore and Tirur sector in Kozhikode. In 1902 rail service between Shornur and Ernakulam began. In 1904, the Kollam – Chengotta rail line was completed. In 1956 Ernakulam and Kottayam were connected by rail. Till June 1958 Kottayam and Kollam were not connected by rail.

(Photo: A view of Kollam rail junction)
1959 JUNE 10
Kerala Legislative Assembly passed the Agrarian Relation Bill (1957) after discussing 48 days continuously. The Bill aimed at the transformation of the very concept of ownership of agricultural land of the State. The Bill was returned by the President of Indian Union for reconsideration. The Assembly reconsidered and passed again on October 15, 1960. However, this Act was repealed and substituted by the Kerala Land Reforms Act of 1963
(Photo: A scene from the drama Ningal Enne Communistakki (You made me Communist) of Kerala Peoples Arts Club that depicts the agrarian relation with landlord and tenant)
  1961 JUNE 21
Established Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, a Government agency for industrial and investment promotion in Kerala
1964 JUNE 08
Attur Krishna Pisharady, renowned Sanskrit scholar and writer, passed away. He was born in 1875 at Thrissur. He was a teacher at the Maharaja’s College at Thiruvananthapuram (present University College) and Sanskrit tutor to the Maharaja of Travancore. He was the editor of Mangalodayam magazine. His major works include Sangeetha chandrika, Bhashayum Sahityavum,Keralsahitya charitham, Kerala charitham, Uthara Ramayanam (Translation), Shakunthalam (Translation)
  1967 JUNE 16
Government of Kerala decided to start Chitty and Lottery under its auspicious. A separate department was formed by the Government for the lottery business. The Kerala State Financial Enterprises was created by the Government with the objective of providing an alternative to the private chit companies and to bring control over the chit fund business to protect the public from the unscrupulous chit fund agencies
1969 JUNE 16
Malappuram district came into existence as the 10th district of Kerala State

1971 JUNE 15
Renowned cine artist Sathyan passed away. Sathyan (Sathyanesan Nadar – born in 1912) was considered as the Superstar of Malayalam film world in 1950s and 1960s. Being an award winner film actor, he is remembered for his realistic and natural style of acting.

Photo: Sathyan as Palani in the film Chemeen)

1977 JUNE 04
Publication of Bhasha Poshini, one of the oldest Malayalam literary review magazines, has been revived. Bhasha Poshini was first published in 1892 by Kocheeppan Tharakan, nephew of Kandathil Varghese Mappila. Its publication was stopped up in 1942. After a long break, its publication was revived in 1977
  1980 JUNE 07
S.K.Pottakkat (Sankarnkutty Pottakkat), selected for Jnanapeeth award for his work Oru Deshathinte Katha (Story of a Region). S. K. Pottekkatt (1913 –1982) was a famous Malayalam writer. He is the author of nearly sixty books which include ten novels, twenty-four collections of short stories, three anthologies of poems, eighteen travelogues, four plays, a collection of essays and a couple of books based on personal reminiscences

1990 JUNE 04
Kerala State Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP) has been awarded the prestigious Global 500 award from the United Nations. The KSSP was founded in 1962 with an objective of popularizing science literature in Malayalam. Later it has become a Peoples’ science movement that adopted “Science for Social Revolution” as its motto. The Global 500 Roll of Honour was established by the United Nations Environment Programme to recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations around the world

(Image: Logo of Kerala State Sasthra Sahithya Parishad)

  1991 JUNE 12
General Elections to the 9th Kerala Legislative Assembly along with elections to the Lok Sabha. Having won, the United Democratic Front formed Government with K.Karunakaran as Chief Miniser
1995 JUNE 08
Moidu Moulavi, veteran freedom fighter and scholar, passed away. He was born in 1890 at Ponnani in Malappuram district. He was the founder secretary of Majlisul Ulema, an organization formed for social reform among the Muslim community and to instigate them to involve in the national movement. He was imprisoned in 1921 for his involvement in Khilafat Movement, Again he was given jail terms for nine months in 1930 for his participation in Salt Sathyagraha and three years for taking part in Quit India Movement. He was released only after Congress Party came into power. He published a newspaper, Al Ameen, which was closed down by the British authorities. He also served as a member of Kozhikode Municipality and Malabar District Board
  1993 JUNE 23
Three labourers who inhaled poisonous gas emitted from the waste water flown from Grasim Industries, Mavoor, died. Grasim Industries, Mavoor was established by Birla Group for producing pulp and fibre. Besides the lock-out and labour unrest, the factory faced severe protest as it was a significant polluter of the River Chaliyar, one the main sources of drinking water and irrigation of the region. As a result of these factors, the industry was closed down in 2001

(Photo: Defunct Grasim Industries Campus at Mavoor)

1999 JUNE 02
waraj Round of Thrissur Town (below)] Kollam and Thrissur Municipal towns were upgraded to the status of Municipal Corporations. With this, the number of Municipal Corporations have been increased to five

[Photo: Clock Tower at Kollam Chinnkada (top)

2001 JUNE 21
Kadalundi train accident claimed 57 lives. This was one of the biggest accidents of Indian Railways. The Mangalore – Chennai Mail was crossing the Bridge over the Kadalundi River near Kozhikode when four bogies derailed and fell into river. Official reports said that 57 died and about 125 sustained injuries; but many dispute that the death toll was higher as more people were still missing
  2007 JUNE 06
Government of Kerala decided to declare 148 km around the silent valley national part as buffer zone. The buffer zone of forest land adjoining the park is to provide protection to the region's rich and varied plant and animal life
2008 JUNE 10
Kerala State Medical Service Corporation started functioning. The main objective of the corporation is to procure essential drugs an equipments centrally and to distribute them in the hospitals of the State

2010 JUNE 10
Government decided to distribute rice/wheat @ Rs.2/- per kg through ration retail shops to every BPL family of the state. It is estimated that about 36 lakhs families are benefited with this decision

(Photo: V.S.Achuthanandan, then Chief Minister inaugurates the distribution of rice @ Rs.2/- per KG)


2010 JUNE 24
Kerala High Court prohibited public meetings on roadside

Photo: A meeting on main road side at Thiruvananthapuram in protest against the prohibitory orders of the High Court)


2011 JUNE 27
Started evaluation of jewels preserved in the cellars of Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram and preparation of inventory by the experts appointed by the Supreme Court

(Photo: Front view of Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple)


2013 JUNE 03
Launched country’s first seaplane service that would enable tourists to enjoy the beauty of Kerala though easy connectivity to backwater destinations

(Image: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy flagging off the maiden seaplane service from Ashtamudi lake at Kollam)

  2013 JUNE 05
Former minister and Member of Parliament Lonappan Nambadan passed away. Born on 13 November 1935, he was a minister in the cabinet led by E.K.Nayanar. He was also elected to the 14th Lok Sabha from Mukundapuram constituency

2014 JUNE 10
Revolutionary Socialist Party and Revolutionary Socialist Party (Baby John faction) merged together to function as a single party. Prior to merging, the RSP was in LDF front while RSP (B) was in UDF. The party moved to the Congress led UDF consequent on the denial of a seat to the RSP by the CPM led LDF

[Image: RSP(B) Leader and Minister Sibu Baby John (left) receiving Prof.Chandrachoodan, General Secretary of RSP(middle) when he arrived to the joint meeting of both the parties]


2015 JUNE 30

K.S. Sabarinathan, UDF candidate won the Aruvikkara by-election to the Kerala Legislative Assembly with a margin of 10128 votes.The by-election was necessitated consequent on the sudden demise of G Karthikeyan, who was the Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. 


2015 JUNE 30

K.P.P. Nambiar (Kunnath Puthenveettil Padmanabhan Nambiar), former technocrat and founder chairman and managing director of the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation (Keltron) died.  Born on 15th April 1929, Nambiar was the Secretary, Electronics Department (now Information Technology Department) of the Government of India.  He worked in top positions of many organizations like Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, Project Manager, Philips (India) Ltd., Chairman of Indian Telephone Industries Ltd etc. In 1989 he was appointed as the Special Advisor to Government of Kerala and India’s first Electronic Techology Park (Techno Park) was set up at Thiruvananthapuram during that period. The Government of India awarded Padma Bhushan to him in 2006


2016 JUNE 26

Veteran playwright Kavalam Narayana Panicker passed away.  He has given to Malayalam literature and theatre such fine works as Avanavan Kadamba, Daivathar, Kaikkuttappad, Ottayaan, and many productions based on major Sanskrit works


2016 JUNE 26

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Kochi Metro Rail.
The construction of KochiMetro was started in June 2013. The foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh. It was the first phase of the project between Aluva and Maharaja’s College covering 18.4 km that has been completed and opened for traffic. Construction of metro line from Maharajas College to Tripunithura and Aluva to Angamali will be taken up in the next phase.



2020 JUNE 18

Jal Jeevan Mission launched in Kerala. The Mission is envisioned to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual Functional Household Tap Connections by 2024 to all households


2020 JUNE 22

Known as Kerala Saigal, Pappukutty Bhagavathar, one of the multifaceted personalities of Kerala’s artistic realm, as a theatre artist, actor and singer passed away. He was 107. He sang for the 2009 released Malayalam film Marykkundoru Kunjadu at the age of 95, sixty years after he sang his first song for a movie, which made him the oldest Malayali to sing in a film


2021 JUNE 18

Veteran lyricist and poet S.Ramesan Nair passed away. He wrote songs for over 170 films and over 3,000 devotional songs. He was a recipient of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2010 and the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award in 2018 for his collection of poems Gurupournami


2021 JUNE 21

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation rolled out its first ever public bus to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).



2021 JUNE 22

Muhammed Abdul Khader, popularly known as Poovachal Khader, lyricist passed away. He dominated the Malayalam film industry for more than a decade.