1)Pratibha Patil became the first female President of
the Republic of India on 2007.
2)Sirimavo Bandaranaike became world’s first female
to hold the post of Prime Minister, in Sri Lanka on 1960.
3)Independence day of Belgium. The nation attained
its freedom from the domination of Netherland in 1831.
4)Manipur is a state in northeastern India with the city
of Imphal as its capital.It was a Union Territory from
1956 and became the constituent state of the Indian
Union on 1972.
5)Birthday of Anand Bakshi (1920), music director.
He died on 30th March, 2002.
6)Birthday of Ernest Hemingway (1899 ), American author.
He died on 2nd July 1961.
7)Birthday of Mallikarjuna Kharge (1942), an Indian
politician and currently the Union Minister of Labour
and Employment of the Republic of India.
8)Death anniversary of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard.
(b:18th November,1923; d: 21st July, 1998). In 1961, he
became the second person and the first American in space.
9)Death anniversary of Dr. Gangubai Hanagal (2009), Indian
singer of the Khyal genre of Hindustani classical music who was
known for deep and powerful voice. She belonged to the Kirana
Gharana. She served as honorary music professor of the Karnataka
University.She was born in Hangal, a small village, near Dharwar
in North Karnataka, on 5th March, 1913 .Her father Chikkurao
Nadiger was an agriculturist and mother Ambabai was a vocalist
of Carnatic music. Singing was not considered appropriate employment
for women of her generation.She struggled against the prejudice and
made a career.She married Gururao Kaulgi, a Brahmin lawyer.
They had two sons and one daughter named Krishna who died
from cancer in 2004 at the age of 75. Gngubai was awarded ”Padma
Bhushan (1971)” and ”Padma Vibhushan (2002)” by the Government
of India. Her voice became coarse after the surgery of wind-pipe.
However she did not give up singing and proved that music is
greater than the voice of throat.She died of cardiac arrest on
21st July , 2009 at her residence in Hubli at the age of 96.
10)Battle of Bull Run was fought in Prince William County, Virginia,
near the city of Manassas.It was the first major land battle of American
11)Earthquake followed by tsunami at Crete (the island of Greece) on
365 AD, claimed thousands of lives (over 5,000 people were killed )
in Greece,Sicily, Cyprus and Alexandria in Egypt.
12)Birthday of Chandu Borde (1934), a retired Indian cricketer
who was a member of the Indian Team between 1958 to 1970.
He was born in Poona, in Marathi Christian family.
13)Litha, the Summer Solstice, around July 21, marks
the longest day of the year, when powers in nature reach
their heighest point. The Earth is awash with the fertility
of the pregnant Goddess and the God is at the height of
His power. Fire is lit to mark the longest day. It is a great
time for handfastings, workings of empowerment,
consummation, culmination and magick. Also referred
to as Mid summer.
14)Death anniversary of Basavaraja Rajaguru (1991), a leading
Hindustani vocal musician in the ”Kirana” gharana tradition.
He was born on 24th August,1917 at Yaliwal, a village in the
Dharwad district of Karnataka. The blind Ganayogi Panchakshari
Gawai gave all his musical knowledge to Basavaraj.He never reached
the level of fame of his contemporaries, Bhimsen Joshi and Gangubai
Hangal, because he chose to live a quiet life away from glamour and
its attendant trappings. He excelled both as performer and teacher.
Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri award on 1975
and Padma Vibhushana Award on 1991.