This Day In History- August 4

1929 – One of India’s most celebrated artists Abhas Kumar Ganguly better known as ‘Kishore Kumar’ was born. He was not only a popular singer and actor; but also a lyricist, composer, screenwriter, scriptwriter, producer and director. Kishore Kumar won the Filmfare Award as many as 8 times, each time adjudged the Best Playback Singer and holds the record for most number of Filmfare Awards in the same category .He considered legendary actor-singer Kundanlal Saigal as his ‘guru’. According to his elder brother Ashok Kumar, Kishore as a kid had a coarse grating .One day(when Kishore Kumar was 10) while their mother was chopping vegetables he rushed in and banged his leg against the chopper. Out of pain, little Kishore cried for about 20 hours daily for a month which cleared his voice in the process and gave India one of its favourite singers.

Kishore Kumar


1931 – Former India Stumper Narendra Tamhane was born. Tamhane represented India in Test Cricket in 21 matches from 1955 to 1960. According to some critics, he was the Best Wicket-keeper India has ever had. Tamhane was the President of the Selection Committee of Mumbai and India that opened the gates to domestic and International arena for young Sachin Tendulkar.

1993 – The Inspiration behind ‘Chinmaya’ Mission that strives to make the wisdom of ‘Vedanta’ accesible to everyone, Swami Chinmayananda attained mahasamadhi. Swamiji, born as Balkrishnan Menon, worked as for ‘The National Herald’, a newspaperand was also a member of the movement for Independence.

Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama break world record for 2nd wicket partnership

1997 – Former India Speedster Nilesh Kulkarni became the first Indian bowler to claim a wicket on his very first delivery bowled in Test cricket. He achieved this against Sri Lanka when he had Marvan Attapattu dismissed of Nayan Mongia at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo. It was in this very match and on this very day that India was involved in another record though a dubious one- The Lankan pair of Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama partnered to plunder as many as 576 runs for 2nd wicket. Jayasuriya scored 340 runs while Mahanama scored 225. Sri Lankan managed 952/6, the highest team total at international level and 3rd highest in first-class cricket. Link to the scorecard of that historic test.

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