1858 – Bharat Ratna Dhondo Keshav Karve, popularly known as Maharishi Karve, was born. A social reformer, Karve always strived for women education and widow remarriage. After an early death of his first wife he himself married a widow. He opened various institutions for women’s education and for the upliftment of the widow’s status in the society. in 1955, he was awarded Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India and in 1958, the year he turned 100, he was honoured with Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. In his honour, Queen’s Road in Bombay (now Mumbai) was renamed to Maharishi Karve Road.
1900 – An organization named ‘Nagari Pracharini Sabha’, striving hard to promote the official recognition of the Devanagari script in official documents, succeeded in its mission when the Governor of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India, Sir Antony Macdonald, issued the order for using Devanagari and Persian scripts in government documents, notices and summons.
1910 – Noted economist and educator, Malcolm Sathiyanathan Adiseshiah was born. He played a prominent role in the education and literacy of India. In 1976, Government of India awarded him with Padma Bhushan for his outstanding services to the country. Every year from 1998 ‘The Malcolm Adiseshiah International Literacy Prize’ is awarded by UNESCO to organizations or individuals displaying outstanding merit.
1962 – Former Femina Miss India and actress Poonam Dhillon was born. Winning the title ‘Miss Young India’ at only 16, she made her bollywood debut with Yash Chopra’s Trishul (1978) for just a song. She was then cast in Noorie (1979) as a lead actress which bagged her a Filmfare Nomination. She starred in over 90 films like Red Rose (1980), Dard (1981), Sohni Mahiwal (1984), Samundar (1986) and Awam (1987) to name a few. She was also a second- runner-up in celebrity TV show Bigg Boss (Season 3).