1833 – Physician, Academic and founder of the the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Mahendralal Sarkar was born. Sarkar whi started as a conventional doctor was highly influenced by homoeopathy. A Successful practitioner in Kolkata, he treated important people like Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Maharaja of Tripura etc.
In 1867, he mooted the need for a national science association, financed and managed by native Indians, for national reconstruction. In 1876, India’s first national science association IACS was founded. Mahendralal Sarkar was was the first director of IACS. The association had basic science departments and conducted lectures and demonstrations on a regular basis to popularise science. He was also staunch proponent of higher education for women.
1941 – The Provisional Government of Free India adopted ‘Subh Sukh Chain’ as the national anthem. It is the hindustani translation of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s sanskritized Bengali poem ‘Jana Gana Mana’.
1965- The famous Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan was born. After a stint on TV with Fauji, Circus and Dil Dariya, he had his first silver screen hit in Deewana. Later a string of blockbusters followed, establishing him as the ultimate romantic star.