This Day In History- October 20

1914 – Acharya Tulsi was born. Acharya Tulsi was the founder of the Anuvrata and the Jain Vishva Bharti Institute, Ladnun and has written over one-hundred books. He was honored with the title “Yuga-Pradhan” in a function officiated by President V.V. Giri in 1971. He was influential in the development of Acharya Mahapragya and Sadhvi Kanakprabha.

Acharya Tulsi

1962 – The Sino-Indian war, also known as Sino-Indian conflict started. It was a war between India and China, which ignited over a disputed Himalayan border. The Chinese started, launched simultaneous offensives in Ladakh and across the McMahon Line. Their troops advanced over Indian forces in both theatres, capturing Rezang la in Chushul in the western theatre, as well as Tawang in the eastern one. The war ended when the Chinese declared a ceasefire on 20 November 1962, and simultaneously announced its withdrawal from the disputed area.

1927 – Gunturu Seshendra Sarma, popularly known as Yuga Kavi was born. Yuga Kavi was a Telugu poet, critic and litterateur and was well known for his works Naa Desham, Naa Prajalu and Kaala Rekha. He is known to have written over fifty works which have been translated into English, Kannada, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, Nepali and Greek.

1978 – Indian cricketer, Virender Sehwag was born. Sehwag is a right handed batsmen known for his aggressive style. He made his ODI debut on 1st April 1999 vs Pakistan, Test debut on 3 November 2001 v South Africa. Viru holds multiple records including the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket (319), highest individual score in ODI cricket – 219 off 149 balls. Also, he is the only player in world to score a double hundred in ODI and a triple hundred in Test Cricket.


1961 – Indian Physical Anthropodologist, Biraja Sankar Guha died. Biraja Sankar Guha classified Indian people into races in 20th century. He was the first Director of the Anthropological Survey of India (ASI). In 1955, Guha became the Director of Social Education Training Centre in Ranchi. Also, served as the Director of Bihar Tribal Research Institute, Ranchi. He died in a railway accident at Ghatshila, Bihar.

Bikram Ghosh

1966 – Indian tabla player, Bickram Ghosh was born. Bickram Ghosh performs both classical as well as fusion music. He is known for his  experiments and reinterpret music and culture. Yet, his music is strongly influenced by thumri and khayal genres of the Patiala gharana. He tries his hands in a vast range of musical genres, from classical, rock, new-age, fusion to film music.

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