On this Day in History

Famous Bollywood film actor Mithun Chakraborty (b. Gouranga Chakraborty) was born on June 16th 1950 in Kolkata (then Calcutta) to a Bengali family. Chakraborty earned an honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Calcutta and later studied acting at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. Once a loyal Naxalite, he quit the Naxalite movement and returned... Read More →
On June 15th 1947, the All-India Congress accepted the British plan for the partition of India in New Delhi. The plan for the Partition, also known as the Mountbatten Plan was declared by the last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten. The partition of India in August 1947 is no doubt one of the most tragic and violent events the subcontinent... Read More →
Bharat Bhushan, a Hindi film actor known for his sensitive portrayals of musicians and poets in several films of the 1950s and 1960s, was born on 14 June 1920 in Meerut(in present-day Uttar Pradesh). After his mother’s death when he was two years old, he was brought up in Aligarh. An interest in acting took him later to Calcutta and... Read More →
Delhi’s Uphaar Cinema fire of 13 June 1997 killed 59 people and became a symbol of poor safety norms in India’s public places. The blaze started at around 5.10 pm when the audience was glued to the screen, watching the 3-6 pm screening of the Hindi film Border.   Minutes earlier a security person at the premises had heard two... Read More →
A bharatanatyam dancer and popular actress who acted in South Indian and Hindi films, Padmini was born on 12 June 1932 in Thiruvananthapuram to a Nair family. His sisters, Ragini and Lalitha, were also actresses and the trio was together called the Travancore sisters. As children the sisters learnt several forms of classical dance including bharatanatyam. Padmini made her film... Read More →
Lalu Prasad Yadav, the two-time chief minister of Bihar who dominated the state’s politics for nearly 15 years, was born on 11 June 1948 in Phulwaria village of Bihar’s Gopalganj district to Kundan Rai and Marachhiya Devi.   One among six brothers, he would as a child accompany his mother to sell milk in the locality. Later he moved to... Read More →
Prakash Padukone, one of India’s best known badminton players, was born on 10 June 1955 in Bangalore. Besides rising to the rank of World number one, he became the All-England champion in 1980, thus putting Indian badminton on the world map.   Since his father was associated with the Mysore Badminton Association, Padukone developed an early interest in the sport. ... Read More →
Maqbool Fida Husain, arguably India’s best known artist, was born on 17 September 1915 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. He died, in self-imposed exile from his country, on 9 June 2011.   A self-taught artist, M.F. Husain took to drawing from an early age. Usually not prone to throwing tantrums as a child he would, however, get annoyed if denied his eraser,... Read More →
Habib Tanvir, one of India’s best known playwrights and theatre directors, was born Habib Ahmed Khan on 1 September 1923 in Raipur in present-day Chhattisgarh.  He died on 8 June 2009.  His father was from Peshawar and mother from Raipur. Tanvir’s maternal uncles dabbled in poetry and music. His elder brother took part in amateur theatre. The young Habib would... Read More →
On 7 June 1893, Mohandas Gandhi, then a young Indian lawyer recently arrived in South Africa, was asked to shift from the first class compartment of a train even though he had a valid ticket, just because he was not white-skinned. He refused and told the railway officers that if they wanted to throw him out, they could but he... Read More →
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Which States Share Boundary with China? India, in total, shares land borders with 6 sovereign countries. China is one of those. Below are the Indian states which share borders with the country. 1. Jammu and Kashmir This northern state of India is mostly located in the Himalayan mountains. It shares a… Read More...
Which States Share Boundaries with Pakistan? There are four states that share a border with Pakistan, namely, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. The India Pakistan Border is quite intriguing. Since India has installed 1,50,000 flood lights on… Read More...
Which Places in India Still Largely Speak Sanskrit? Sanskrit is considered as Dev Bhasha, the language of Gods. It has a history of around 3500 years. It used to be a primary language of ancient India. Its earliest form Vedic Sanskrit, was prevalent from 1500 500 BCE. However, it is fading… Read More...

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