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Kerala Karshaka Sanghom, a new farmers’ organization formed. A demonstration organized recently by the Karshaka Sanghom against the import of rubber is seen in the photograph.
Kesari A Balakrishna Pailli passed away on Dec. 18. Born in 1889, Kesari Balakrishna Pillai was a bold journalist and the pioneer of an era in Malayalam literature. .
Laid foundation stone of Thunchan Memorial at Thirur by the Chief Minister of Kerala. Thirur is the birthplace of the 16th century poet Thunchan Ramanujan Ezhuthchan, who is considered to be the father of the Malayalam language. Now, there is a research centre, cottages for writers, an auditorium, and a literary museum. It is also a Manuscript Resource centre of the National Manuscript Mission. Thirur will be the headquarters of the proposed Malayalam University.
Kottayam Medical College started functioning. This is the third government-run medical college in Kerala. Till 1970 the college was functioning at the District Hospital, Kottayam and was shifted to Arpookara in April 1970.
Free Mid-day-meal programme to primary school students commenced. Later, this programme was followed by many states in the Indian Union.
Kandam Bacha Coat, the first Malayalam film in colour released. Based on the popular novel under the same title, the dialogue was written by Sri.K.T.Mohammed. Main characters were Thikkurussi Sukumaran Nair, Aranmula Ponnamma, Muthiayya, Ambika etc.
Indo-Swiss Project at Mattupetty in Idukki district started functioning. The project is known for its highly specialized dairy farm where more than 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared.
Sardar K.M.Panicker passed away. Born on June 3, 1895, Sardar Panicker was a scholar, journalist, historian, diplomat and administrator.
Muslim Education Society (MES) founded. It is the biggest educational agency of the Muslim community in India with objective of educational social and cultural up lift of the community.
Former Defense Minister V.K.Krishna Menon (1896 – 1974)resigned from the Indian National Congress on Dec 22.
C.N.Sreekantan Nair, Veteran playwright passed away on Dec. 17

Idukki Wild Life Sanctury opened. Apart from various species of  birds and snakes, elephants, bison, sambar deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, tiger, wild boar etc. are seen in the sanctuary having an area of 77

Iravikulam declared as the first National Park of Kerala. The main part of the park consists of a high rolling hill plateau with a base elevation of about 2,000 m Anamudi (2695 m), the highest peak south of Himalayas is in this park.
Ministry led by C.H.Mohammed Koya resigned. Consequentially, Governor of Kerala dissolved Kerala Legislative Assembly (Dec.1)
Eight member cabinet led by K.Karunakaran sown in (Dec.28). The ministry continued till 17th March 1982.
Congress (A) (Antony faction) merged with Indian National Congress (I) (Dec.13)

Communal riots at Poonthura in Thiruvananthapuram. Many shops at the Chalai Bazar of Thiruvananthapuram were looted and set to fire. Government sought for military aid to control riots (Dec. 30).

Renowned Malayalam poet Vyloppilly Sreedhara Menon passed away (Dec.22)
13th Party Congress of Communist Party of India (Marxist) held at Thiruvananthapuram
Cartoonist Sankar (31 July 1902), famous political cartoonist and founder of Sankar’s Weekly passed away. He was 87.
B. Rachayya sworn in as the Governor of Kerala on December 20. He was in office till November 9, 1995
Foundation stone of Sri Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit laid on December 1.
K.R.Gouri Amma, veteran political leader and former Minister expelled from the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Thoppil Bhasi ( born on 1924 April 8),  Malayalam playwright and film director, leader of Communist Party and one of the founders of K.P.A.C. passed away (Dec. 8).

Poetess Balamany Amma won Saraswathy Samman, the highest award for literature in India.
Bomb explosion at Thrissur Railway Station. Three died and 60 injured (Dec. 6).
Seven digit telephone numbers came into existence in Kerala (Dec.21)
Largest Tsunami in Indian Ocean. Tidal waves that hit Kerala affected 219 coastal villages. Tsunami waves claimed 236 lives. 2458 persons injured and 13640 houses destroyed. (Dec.24)
Justice K.G.Balakrishnan appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India (Dec.23)

Anju Boby George won silver medal in Doha Asian Games (Dec. 10)

KELTEC of Thiruvananthapuram handed over to BrahMos Aero Space Ltd (Dec.3)
Nine school children died in a Jeep accident at Irikkur in Kannur district (Dec. 4). In the photograph: Representatives of people and natives paying homage to the deceased children.

Literary critic K.P.Appan passed away on Dec.11.Born in Alappuzha in 1936, he worked as a Professor of Malayalam literature and wonKendra Sahithya Academy award.

Gas tanker lorry accident at Karunagapally claimed seven lives (Dec.31)
Government imposed ban on the sale of Sikkim State Government’s lottery tickets in Kerala