1)Death anniversary of Bob Hope (2003), a legendary
comedian of Hollywood.He was a British born American
comedian and actor.He was born on May 29, 1903 at
Eltham, London, England and died of Pneumonia at
Los Angeles on July 27, 2003. Throughout his career,
ha was honoured for his humanitarian work. He was
noted for his work with the U.S.Armed forces and his
numerous U.S.O.shows entertaining American military
personnel.In 1996, U.S.Congress honoured him by
declaring him the ”first and only honorary veteran of
the armed forces”.
2)Death anniversary of Mathighatta (Hassan)
Krishnamurthy (2006), a well-known scholar
on Kannada Janapada (folksong) and writer.
He worked as journalist for newspapers such
as Kannada Prabha. He was 95.
3)University of Mysore was started on 1916.The engineer-statesman
and Dewan Sir M.Visvesvarayya gave shape to the vision of establishing
a seperate University to cater to the needs of Mysore state as cherished
by His Highness Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the then ruler of Mysore
who became the first chancellor of the University.The Mysore University
Library offers a collection of over 8 lakh books, 2400 journal titles and
1 lakh volumes of journals.The University has developed excellent
infrastructure for curricular & co-curricular activities. The main
campus features an amphitheatre, an auditorium, a swimming
pool & hostels for men and women with modern amenities.
4)World’s worst earthquake during 20th century, hits
Tangshan in China on July 27th,1976. The epicentre was
on the northeast coast of China with rumblings felt as far
as 470 miles away. The magnitude of the quake struck was
7.8 on Richter scale and the death toll was between 2,55,000
and 6,55,000 and nearly 8,00,000 injuries.
5)Death anniversary of Salim Moizuddin Abdul Ali (1987),
Indian Ornithologist and Naturalist known as the ”Birdman
of India”. He was born on November 12, 1896 in Mumbai.
He was the key figure behind the ”Bombay Natural History
Society.” He used his personal influence to garner government
support for the organization, create the Bharatpur bird sanctuary
and prevent destruction of what is now the Silent Valley National
Park. He was awarded 1976 Padma Vibhushana, the second highest
civilian award, by the government of India.
6)Death anniversary of Amjad Khan (1992 ), the acclaimed Indian
actor & director. He was born in Hyderabad on 12th November,
1940. He was the son of legendary actor Jayant. He worked
in over 130 films in his film career spanning nearly twenty years.
He enjoyed popularity for his villain roles in Hindi language films.
He became most famous after playing the role of the villain Gabbar
Singh in Sholay (1975), which topped the British Film Institute’s
poll of ”Top 10 Indian Films” of all times. He died of heart failure
on 27th July 1992 at the age of 52.
7)Death anniversary of Ustad Bande Ali Khan (1895). The Beenkars
(Veena players ) pay homage to him on Guru Poornima (fullmoon
day named after the ”Guru’ or teacher ) by offering an incense stick,
flower or at least touch grave. Bande Ali Khan hailed from North
India. He was born in 1830. He belonged to the musician gharana
of Hasan Khan. He was a very popular Been (binker) player during
his time.Being a court musician in Indore, he also performed most
royal courts of North India. He even gave Rudra veena lessons to
the son of Maharaja of Gwalior, Shri Balwant Rao Bhaiya.
8)Birthday of Peggy Fleming (1948), American figure skater.
She is the 1968-Olympic Champion in Ladies’ singles and a
three time World Champion (1966-1968). She has been a
television commentator on figure skating for over 20 years
including several winter Olympic games.
9)Birthday of Bharati Mukherjee (1940 ),an award winning
Indian-born American novelist and short story writer whose
works reflect the Indian culture and immigrant experience.
She is the winner of ”1988 National Book Critics Circle Award”
for her book named ”Middleman and Other Stories”. She is
currently a professor in the department of English at the
University of California, Berkeley.
10)Birthday of Alexandre Dumas fils (1824), a French author
and dramatist.He was the son of Alexandre Dumas Pere (24th
July 1802 to December 5th , 1870) and Catherine Labay, a dressmaker,
was his mother. Alexandre fils was born in Paris, France. ”fils” in French
means son and similar to ”junior” in English. He followed in his father’s
footsteps, and became a celebrated writer, author and playwright. He wrote
13 novels and plays-”Denis” & ”Francillon”. In his novel, ”The Illegitimate Son”,
he depicted the tragic fate of unmarried women.His father,
Alexandre Dumas Pere was best known for his stories
and historical chronicles of high adventure that captured the
imagination of the French public who eagerly waited to purchase
the continuing sagas.None of the great writers of France has been
so widely read as Alexandre Dumas Pere. His stories have been
translated into almost a hundred languages and have inspired
more than 200 pictures. His famous novels are-”The Count of
Monte Cristo”, ”The Three Musketeers””Twenty Years Later” ,
”The Man in the Iron Mask”, The Black Tulip”. Most of his
novels were serialized. He also wrote plays, magazine articles
and was a prolific correspondent.His most famous plays are-
”Henry 3rd and His Court”, ”Antony”, & ”The Tower of Nesle”
He was born in Picardy, France. Alexandre Dumas Pere’s son,
Alexandre Dumas fils wrote the most famous novel named,
”The Lady of Camellias”which was adapted for stage and
16 versions of the novel was performed at Broadway
Theatre only.The title character of the novel ”Camille”
( in English–speaking world ”The Lady of Camellias”
became known as ”Camille”) is Marguerite, who is
based on Marie Duplessis, the real-life lover of Dumas fils.
He was born in Paris, France.He Died on 27th November, 1895.
11)Odiyoor Mutt Guru, Devananda Swamiji celebrates his 51st birthday.
Shri Gurudeva Datta Samsthanam at Odiyoor is a creation of Sri
Gurudevananda Swamiji, an ardent devotee of Pranadeva ( Hanuman
-the master of vital airs ) and worshipper of Lord Dattatreya.Established
in 1989, the Divine Kshetra has been hailed as Ganagapura of the South.
12)Feast day of Saint Pantaleon. He had been physician to Maximian
who was colleague of Emperor Diocletian. Pantaleon was the son of
a rich pagan Eustorgius of Nicomedia,near tha Black Sea in Asia.
He was born on 275AD and died on 305AD.He remained life-long
layman and bachelor. Other doctors who were jealous of his
miraculous power in curing the patients, denounced him to
anti-Chrirstian autorities. They forced him to denounce his
faith but failed .Pantaleon was martyred during the Diocletianic
Persecution, which was the last and most severe persecution of
Christians in the Roman empire.Diocletian reigned during
284AD to 305AD.