1901 – Padma Bhushan Bhabesh Chandra Sanyal or B. C. Sanyal was born. A pioneer in Indian art, his paintings like Cow herd, The flying scarecrow, Despair and Way to peace have earned him a lot of recognition. He was honoured with the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship for lifetime achievement by Lalit Kala Akademi in 1980 and Padma Bhushan in 1984.
1914 – One of the eminent personalities in Bollywood, Director and Producer B. R. Chopra or Baldev Raj Chopra was born. He was the elder brother of the famous (Late) Yash Raj Chopra, father of Ravi Chopra, both directors, and Uncle of Aditya Chopra (Director) and Uday Chopra (actor). He is best remembered for Mahabharat, one of the most successful TV serials in Indian television history.
He is also known to deliver blockbuster hits in the form of movies like: Naya Daur (1957), Sadhna (1958), Kanoon (1961), Humraz (1967), Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978), The Burning Train (1980), Baghban (2003) and many more. He has several awards in his name including 2 National Awards, 2 Filmfare Awards and also Padma Bhushan. In 1998, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
1916 – Considered to be the first star of Bengali Cinema, Kanan Devi was born. She was given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1976 for her contribution to Indian cinema.
Every Year – This day is observed as ‘Earth Day’ each year from 1970 in over 141 nations including India. To spread awareness about the problems currently faced by Earth and the ways to protect it from further damage is what Earth Day is all about.
1974- Chetan Bhagat- Indian author, columnist, and speaker- was born. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, he quit his investment banking career to devote more time to writing.
He has authored some best-selling novels like Five Point Someone, Three Mistakes Of My Life, Revolution 2020, among others. Three of his novels have even been adapted into Bollywood films. He constantly opines on matter focused on youth, career and national issues, and his columns are regular in Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar.