This Day In History- October 10

1902 – Kota Shivaram Karanth was born. K.Shivaram Karanth was a well-known Kannada writer, a social activist, environmentalist, Yakshagana artist, film maker and thinker. He was depicted as the “Rabindranath Tagore of Modern India who has been one of the finest novelists-activists since independence. K.Shivaram was the third person among eight recipients of Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honour given by the Govt. of India.

R K Narayan

1906 – Indian author R.K.Narayan was born. He was an Indian author and has written a series of fiction books describing about people, their interactions in an imagined town called Malgudi. Along with Mulk Raj and Raja Rao, R.K.Narayan was also a known personality for early English Indian literature.

1910 – Dwarkanath Shantaram Kotnis was born. Dwarkaram Kotnis was one of the five physicians which were sent to China to provide medical assistance during the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1938. Beyond that, he is known for his dedication and persistence; he has also been viewed as an example of Sino-Indian friendship and collaboration.

1915 – Indian Navy Commander, Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda was born. He served as the 8th Chief of the Naval Staff, also, led the Indian Navy during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and successfully executed a naval blockade of both West and East Pakistan, helping India achieve an overwhelming victory during the war.


1954 – Bhanurekha Ganesan, better known by her film name Rekha was born. Rekha is an Indian hindi film actress, known for her versality and recognized as one of the finest actresses in Hindi film industry. She started her career in 1866 with a telegu movie, and upto now, she did over 180 films in a career spanning over four decades. Throughout her career, she received many awards and honours, which include three Filmfare Awards, also a National film Award as a best actress for her spectacular role in 1981 Umrao Jaan.

Guru Dutt

1964 – Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone, popularly known as Guru Dutt died. Guru Dutt was an Indian film producer, Director, and actor. He is often credited with ushering in the golden era of Hindi cinema. Many Indian classics such as Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool, Sahib Bibi aur Gulam, Chaudhvi ka Chand are onto his name during 1950’s and 60’s. In 2010, he was included among CNN’s “top 25 Asian actors of all time”.

1992 – Vidyasagar Setu, also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge was accredited. It is a bridge over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India, links the city of Kolkata to Howrah. The bridge is a toll bridge for all vehicles. At a total length of 822.96 m, it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia.


2011 – Prominent Indian Gazal Singer, Jagjit Singh died. Jagjit Singh was a renowned Gazal singer, songwriter and a musician. His album with the combination of Chitra Singh, is the HMV’s largest selling albums of all time. He sang in numerous languages. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the government of India in 2003. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on 23 September 2011 in UK, and was in a coma for over two weeks and has taken his last breathin Lilavati Hospital, in Mumbai.

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