1919 – Williamson Ampang Sangma was born. Williamson A. Sangma was the founder Chief Minister of Meghalaya, twenty-first state in Indian Union on 21 January 1972. He was also the first ever Governor of Mizoram among the Garos in 1989.
1950 – Indian actor Om Puri was born. Om Puri has worked in numerous Indian films, also produced and acted in many British and American films. He is one of the finest actors in the industry and was much critically acclaimed for his performances in films like Aakrosh (1980) and Disco dancer (1982).
1968 – Indian cricketer, Narendra Deepchand Hirwani was born. Narendra Hirwani was a leg spin bowler and is known for his outstanding innings in his test debut. He made his test debut on 11 January 1988 v West Indies, ODI debut on 22 January 1988 v West Indies.
1974 – Indian novelist, Amish Tripathi was born. Amish Tripathi is well known for his novel, The Immortals of Meluha, which was a surprise bestseller. Amish Tripathi is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta. Continuing his professional career, he worked for 14 years in the financial services industry, in companies such as Standard Chartered, DBS Bank and IDBI Federal Life Insurance, before starting his writing career.
1976 – Viswanatha Satyanarayana, popularly known as Kavi Samraat died. Satyanarayana was a well known Telegu poet. His poetry mainly comprised of classical poems which include Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu (A resourceful tree called Ramayana), Kinnersani patalu (Mermaid songs) and Veyipadagalu (The Thousand Hoods).
2004 – Koose Muniswamy Veerappan died. Veerappan was an Indian dacoit active for years in a broad swath of scrub and forest land covering 6,000 km² in the states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Police forces of three states and Indian border security were onto him. He had charges of killing approximately 184 peoples poached about 200 elephants and smuggled ivory worth INR 14 crore and sandalwood of about 10,000 tonnes worth over INR 1 billion. Veerappan had a price of INR 5 crore on his head but evaded arrest for 20 years until he was encountered by police in 2004.