1)Charles, Prince of Wales, marries Lady Diana at St. Pauls
Cathedral in London, England on July 29, 1981.
2)Maharani Gayatri Devi, Rajmata (Queen Mother) of
Jaipur,died (2009) of lung infection at the age of 90.
She was born in London on 23rd May, 1919. She was
brought up as a thoroughly anglicised Indian princess
with strong ideas of her own.She was the first princess
of Republic of India to contest for Parliament and won
the seat by the largest landslide ever recorded. She was
the third wife of late ruler, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh.
She was a successful politician and counted among the
10 most beautiful women of the world as reported by
”Vogue Magazine”.A fine horsewoman in her own right,
she remained a keen follower of polo and enjoyed breeding
3)Birthday of Sanjay Dutt (1959), Bollywood actor and politician.
He is the son of Hindi film actors Sunil and Nargis Dutt.
4)Birthday of Thyagaraja Paramashiva Kailasam (1884–1946),
a playwright and prominent writer. His contributions to Kannada
theatrical comedy, earned him the title ”The Father of Humorous Plays”
He was born in a Tamil family in southern Karnataka.His father Paramasiva
Iyer was an eminent Justice. He was sponsored by Maharaja of Mysore to
move on to London for higher studies in geology. On his return to Karnataka,
he worked to improve the literary scene there. He was initially criticised for
modern use of the Kannada language in his plays but his work became popular
& are considered among the best in Kannada theatrical plays, legendary for
their wit and satirical commentary on social issues.He shied away from
overloading his plays with music. He avoided mythology or royal stories
as themes in his plays and introduced simple and realistic sets.Some of
his plays written in English are-”The Brahmin’s Curse”, ”Purpose” and
”Fulfilment”.His application of humour to his plays,left an everlasting
influence on Kannadigas.His famous quote is,”Is not the home, the real
school of the children?”
5)Death anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh (1890),Dutch post-impressionist
painter.For him, color was the chief symbol of expression.He was born in
Holland on 30th of March, 1853. He was highly emotional and lived an
awkward life. He moved from place to place and had trouble throughout
his life. He produced all of his works (some 900 paintings & 1100 drawings
and sketches ) during a period of only 10 years before he succumbed to
mental illness and committed suicide. He was a pioneer of ”expressionism”.
He was a prolific artist who put a great deal of emotions into his paintings.
His work include self portraits, landscapes, sunflowers,wheatfields and
paintings of Cypresses.
6)Birthday of Jahangir Ratanji Dada bhoy Tata (1904), a pioneer aviator &
business magnet of India. He was born in Paris, France, the second child
of Parsi father Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata and his French wife Suzanne. He
obtained the first pilot licence issued in India. He founded India’s first
commercial airline, ”Tata Airlines” in 1932, which in 1946 became, ”Air
India”, now India’s national airline. He was elected as Chairman of ”Tata & Sons”,
making him the head of the largest industrial group, with major interests in steel,
engineering, power, chemicals & hospitality. He founded ”Tata Motors” in 1945,
launched ”Air India International” in 1948, as India’s first international airline,
founded ”Tata Consultancy Services” in 1968 and ”Titan Industries” in 1987.
He maintained high ethical standard, refusing to bribe politicians or use
blackmarket.He was awarded India’s highest civilian award the ”Bharat
Ratna” in 1992 and the ”Legion of Honour” from the French government
in 1954. He was also bestowed with the title of ”Honorary Air Commodore
of India”, ”Padma Vibhushan”, and United Nations ”Population Award”.
He died on 29th november 1993 at the age of 89 in Geneva, Switzerland.
7)Feast day of St. Olaf (1030), martyr, ”eternal king” and patron saint
of Norway. Olaf 2nd was the king of Norway from 1015 to 1028. He
attempted without success to convert the pagan Viking populance,
the effort ending with his expulsion from the country. After two years
exile, he returned to Norway with an army. He met his rebellious subjects
at Stiklestad, where the celebrated battle took place on July 29, 1030.
He was mortally wounded and died. The irony was that, king Olaf 2nd,
who unsuccessfully fought for the christianisation of Norway, was
recognised as patron saint of Norway only after his death.He should
not be confused with his predecessor king Olaf first (Olaf Tryggvason)
of Norway. Saint Olaf is symbolised by the axe in Norway’s coat of arms.
The Norwegian ”Order of the Knighthood of St. Alav” (founded in 1847)
is named after Saint Olaf who was born on 995 AD and was canonized in 1164.
8)System Administrator Appreciation Day is celebrated on last Friday of July
every year. The first such day was celebrated on July 28, 2000. The day shows
appreciation for the work of system administrator and other I.T. workers.
A system administrator or Sysadmin, is a person employed to maintain
& operate a computer system and/or network. He is a professional, who
plans, worries, hacks, fixes, pushes, advocates, protects and creates
good computer networks, to get your data, to help you do work– to
bring the potential of computing ever closer to reality.System
administrators may be members of an information technology (I.T.)
or Electronics and Communication Engineering department.
A Sysadmin takes backups to guard against disaster both human
and otherwise and holds the gates against security threats and crackers.
Sysadmin Day /S.A.D./ was created by a system administrator,
Ted Kekatos. The day has been recognized and promoted by two
professional organisations- the League of Professional System
Administrators and SAGE/USENIX.
9)Birthday of Badridas Goenka (1883), industrialist. He was born
in a traditional Marwari (money lenders or financiers in Hindi language)
family. He was the first Marwari to graduate from the University of
Presidency College in Calcutta. He was the first Indian Chairman of
Imperial Bank of India (1933) now known as State Bank of India.
He was the Founder Director of the committee set up on 1933 to
draft the constitution of the Reserve Bank of India The British
conferred Knighthood on Sir Badridas Goenka for his outstanding
contributions to Indian business and community services. In 1945,
he was elected President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of
Commerce & Industry (FICCI).