1914 – Well known Gazal singer Akhtari Bai Faizabadi popularly known as Begum Akhtar was born. She made her first public performance at the age of 15, and was much appreciated. That encouraged her to continue singing ghazals with more enthusiasm. A number of gramophone records were released carrying her ghazals, dadras, thumris, etc. Throughout her career, she received many awards and recognition including a Padmashree (1968), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award(1972), and a Padmabhushan(1975). Her voice matured with time, adding richness and depth. She was also honored with the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals).
1929 – T.K.Rama Rao, a novelist of Kannada litrature was born. He became popular in early 1970s when his book ‘Bangarada Manushya’ was made into a movie, which was a big hit in the Kannada film industry. It inspired many youths to leave the city and return back to their villages to look after their ancestral land. Most of his novels are detective novels; he was the first novelist in Karnataka to write thrillers. He has won several awards from the Kannada Sahitya Academy and Madras Sahitya Academy. He died at the age of 59 because of a heart stroke.
1945 – The Andaman Nicobar islands were reoccupied by British and Indian troops of the 116th Indian Infantry Brigade on 7 October 1945, to whom the remaining Japanese garrison surrendered. During World War II, the Andaman and Nicobar islands were practically under Japanese control, only nominally under the authority of the Arzi Hukumate Azad Hind of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Bose visited the islands during the war, and renamed them as “Shaheed-dweep” (Martyr Island) and “Swaraj-dweep” (Self-rule Island).
1978 – Indian cricket pace bowler Zaheer Khan was born. Zaheer is a leading Indian pace attack since early 2000. He is left arm fast bowler is known for his ability to swing the ball both ways. Because of his hamstring injuries, he was out of the team in 2003 and 04. Zaheer made his test debut in 10th Nov 2000 versus Bangladesh, One day debut on 3rd Oct 2000 versus Kenya. Along with the National team India, Zaheer also played domestic crickets with teams of Baroda, Surrey, Worcestershire. He also plays Indian Premier League with the teams like Royal Challengers Banglore and Mumbai Indians.