1935 – Popular folk singer Pratima Barua Pandey was born in a royal family of Gauripur in Western Assam’s Dhubri district. Barua Pandey was a national awardee and was best known for her ‘Goalpariya lokgeet’ songs. She was honored with the Padmashree award and also Sangeet Natak Akademi award for her efforts to popularize Goalpariya lakgeet.
1943 – Renowned Indian author Gurcharan Das was born. He is well known for his international bestseller India Unbound, which is a narrative description of India from Independence to the global information age, and has been published in many languages and filmed by BBC. He writes occasionally for New York Times and is regular with six Indian newspapers in English, Hindi, Telugu and Marathi. Gurcharan das is a Harvard University graduate. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and later Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). In 1995, he took early retirement to become a full-time writer.
1949 – Bollywood film producer and director Jyoti Prakash Dutta (J.P.Dutta) was born. He is known for his patriotic war films and ensemble casts. He is the writer, director and Producer of some of the spectacular movies like Border, LOC Kargil, Refugee and Umrao Jaan. In 1998, he got ‘National Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration’ from the then President of India for his super hit film “Border”. Due to the national scale of the National Film Awards, it is considered equivalent of the American Academy Awards. Ministry of Defense India gives him full support for his war films. In Indian Army, no celebration is complete, without playing the song ‘Sandese ate hain’ from his film “Border”.
1978 – Subhash Mukhopadhyay, a phycian from Kolkata, created history when he became the first physician in India (and second in the world) to perform the In-vitro fertilization resulting in a test tube baby “Durga” (alias Kanupriya Agarwal). After that he faced bureaucratic negligence, even Government of India didn’t allowed him to attend international conferences, also society troubled him a lot. Finally he committed suicide on 19th July 1981.