1900 – Anthony Stanislaus de Mello was born. Anthony de Mello was an Indian cricket administrator and one of the founders of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He was born in Karachi, studied in Cambridge and started his career in the services of the businessman R. E. Grant Govan in Delhi, with whom he collaborated in founding the BCCI.
1902 – Jayaprakash Narayan, popularly known as JP Narayan was born. JP Narayan was an Indian independence activist and political leader, remembered especially for leading the opposition to Indira Gandhi in the 1970s and for igniting peaceful Total Revolution. 1999, he was honored with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, for his social work. Also he got the Magsaysay award for Public Service in 1965.
1908 – Renowned theatre artist, Kodumudi Balambal Sundarambal was born. K.B.Subramanyam was a well known stage artist and a singer in southern India. She was famous both for her boomy, vibrant voice and for the dignity in her performances. She was a political activist during the Indian independence movement, she was the first film personality to enter a state legislature in India. K.B.Subramanyam was referred as the “Queen of the Indian stage”.
1923 – Harish Chandra, an Indian American mathematician and a physicist was born. He was a mathematician, who did fundamental work in representation theory, especially Harmonic analysis on semisimple Lie groups. He is also known for work with Armand Borel on the theory of arithmetic groups; and for papers on finite group analogues. He enunciated a philosophy of cusp forms, a precursor of the Langlands philosophy.
1926 – Dr. Zohurul Hoque was born. He is known in Assam for his translation of The Quran in the Bengali, Assamese and English languages. He published the Assamese translation of The Quran in three volumes, started work on an English translation in 1993. He published a book with more than 1250 page titled Translation and Commentary on The Holy Quran on April 1, 2000. It was part of the Holy Quran Pub Project.
1942 – Indian film actor, Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan was born. Amitabh Bachchan, popularly known as the ‘angry young man’ of hindi cinema did over a 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades. Amitabh Bachchan is regarded as the greatest and most influential actor in the history of Indian cinema. He made his film debut in 1969 as a voice narrator and got stardom in 1973 for his leading role in a Prakash Mehra’s film Zanjeer. On 26 July 1982, while filming Coolie at Bangalore, Amitabh Bachchan suffered a fatal intestinal injury while shooting a fight scene with co-actor Puneet Issar. In 1984, he took a break from his acting career and enteref politics in support of his family friend, Rajiv Gandhi. But resigned just after three years. In 2000 Amitabh made a spectacular comeback with Mohabattein, also with a famous T.V serial Kaun Banega Crorepati(KBC). Throughout his career, Amitabh recieved several awards, which includes Film Fare Awards, National Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards also a Padma Shri, and a Padma Bhushan.
2002 – Veteran actor Dina Pathak died. Dina Pathak was a director of Gujrati theatre also an actor. She acted in over 120 films in her career spanning 60 years. She was also a woman activist and remained the President of the ‘National Federation of Indian Women’ (NIFW). She also acted in some Hindi films and will be remembered for her roles in Gol Maal and Khubsurat.
2003 – Indian wrestler Lila Ram Sangwan died. Lila Ram was the first Indian wrestler to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. Also, he won gold medal in the heavyweight (100 kg) category in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Lila Ram competed in the freestyle wrestling in heavyweight and super heavyweight categories at the national as well as international level. In 1998, he was awarded the Padma Shri, for his contributions in sports.