This Day In History- October 23

1921 – Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman, popularly known as R.K.Laxman was born. R.K.Laxman is a famous Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. And is best known for his creation The Common Man, for his daily cartoon strip, “You Said It” in The Times of India, which started in 1951. He has also written few novels. His cartoons have appeared in Hindi films such as Mr. and Mrs. ’55 also a Tamil film Kamaraj. His creations also include the sketches drawn for the television adaptation of Malgudi Days which was written by his elder brother R K Narayan and directed by Shankar Nag.

Bhairon singh shekhawat

1923 – Former vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat was born. Shekhawat served as the 11th vice President of India. was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a leading member of the National Democratic Alliance at the time of election. He served as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan three times, from 1977 to 1980, 1990 to 1992 and 1993 to 1998.


1957 – Indian conglomerate, Sunil Bharti Mittal was born. Sunil Mittal is an Indian telecom giant,a philanthropist and the founder, chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises,a US$8.3 billion turnover company runs India’s largest GSM-based mobile phone service and world’s fifth largest wireless company with over 190 million customers across 19 countries in Asia and Africa. Sunil Mittal was honored with Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor.

1962 – Subedar Joginder Singh Sahnan died. Joginder Singh Sahnan was a Subedar in the Indian Army who distinguished himself by winning Param Vir Chakra, the highest war-time gallantry award of the Indian Army. During the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Subedar Joginder Singh controlled a platoon in the Tawang sector of NEFA (North East Frontier Agency).  For his inspiring leadership, firm courage and devotion to duty, Subedar Joginder Singh was awarded the highest wartime gallantry medal, the Param Vir Chakra.

Arvind Adiga

1974 – Indian novelist, Aravind Adiga was born. Aravind Adiga is a writer also a journalist. He was awarded booker prize for his debut novel, The White Tiger. He started his career as a financial journalist covered the stock market and investment, interviewing, among others, Donald Trump. His review of previous Booker Prize winner Peter Carey’s book, Oscar and Lucinda, appeared in The Second Circle, an online literary review.

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