1) Death anniversary of Charu Majumdar (1972), the organiser
of Naxalbari movement, (which started in Naxalbari, a small village
in Darjeeling district of West Bengal) and founder of Communist
Party of India (marxist). He was born in 1918 at Siliguri, West Bengal.
When the state government ruthlessly suppressed the Naxalbari
movement, (the uprising of the militant peasants of Naxalbari), whose
backbone was broken, he went into hiding.He was captured from
the hide-out and imprisoned. He died in the custody at the Alipore
central jail, Kolkata.
2)Birthday of Ayesha Jhulka (1975),Bollywood actress.
3)World Hepatitis Day has been led by World Hepatitis
Alliance since 2007 and on May 2010, it got global
endorsement from the World Health Organisation.
The celebration of the day is to raise awareness about
hepatitis B and C, two forms of life threatening liver
disease, to encourage prevention , diagnosis and treatment.
The day also recognizes the birthday of Nobel Laureate Prof.
Blumberg, the discoverer of the Hepatitis B virus.
4)Death anniversary of Saint Alphonso (1946), a Kerala nun Sister,
who at the age of seven had dedicated herself to serving Jesus Christ,
calling him, ”my divine spouse”. She was born on August 19th, 1910
at Kudamaloor in Kottayam district. Anna was her baptismal name.
She lost her mother when she was very young & showed inclination
for religious life, despite suffering from various illnesses. She spent
most of her life in a Clarist convent of Franciscan order. She was a
noble woman, who lived all human virtues in their fullness.
Hundreds of miraculous cures are claimed for her intervention,
many of them involving straightening of clubbed feet, possibly
because of her having lived with deformed feet herself. Two of
these cases were submitted to the ”Congregation for the Causes
of Saints”, as proof of her miraculous intervention. The continuing
cures are chronicled in the magazine, ”Passion Flower”. She was a
moving temple and people would find the face of Jesus in her.Really
her life was a holocaust of love. She was unknown to the public until
her death. She is the first Indian woman to be elevated to sainthood.
She was beatified by Pope John Paul 2nd in 1986 and canonized as a
saint by Pope Benedict 16th, on 12th October,2008 at a ceremony at
Saint Peter’s Square.
5)First World War started on July 28, 1914. The assassination on
28 June, 1914 of Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of
Austria-Hungary, by a Yugoslav nationalist, resulted in declaration
of war against Serbia on July 28, 1914. It was followed by the German
invasion of Belgium, Luxembourg and France and a Russian attack
against Germany. The war involved all the world’s great powers which
were assembled in two opposing alliances-the Allies and the Central
Powers. Some 9 to 10 million combatants are estimated to have died
during the world war first, along with an estimated 6.6 million civilians
who died due to famines, epidemic diseases and genocide.
The war ended when Germany agreed to a ceasefire
on 11 November, 1918, later known as Armistice day.
6)Birthday of West Indian cricketer, Sir Garfield Sobers.
He is a former cricketer who captained West Indies.
He was born on 1936 in Bridgetown, Barbados. He is widely
regarded as one of cricket’s greatest ever all-rounders, having
excelled at all essential skills of batting, bowling and fielding. He was
knighted by Queen Elizabeth 2nd in 1975 for his services to cricket.
7)Birthday of Vamana Bendre (1935), son of D.R.Bendre,
a great Kannada poet. He is a novelist and playwright.
He was born in Ranebennur.He penned a thesis on poet
Lakshmisha’s ”Jaimini Bharatha” under the guidance of
R,S,Mugali. This fetched him a doctorate from Pune
University in 1967. His anthologies in Kannada include,
”Olave Baduku”, ”Shruthi”, ”Ananta Dhare”,”Modalu Todalu”.
His play-writing skills are expressed in volumes, ”Soni Ganappa
Banda”, ”Sparsha” and 30 radio plays.
8)Birthday of Subhash B.Agarwal (1948), an Indian professional
player and national coach of Indian Railway Billiards & Snooker
Team since 2000 until retirement. He is 3 times national champion
for Billiards & runner up in World Billiards.Government of India
honoured him with Arjuna award (1984).He received ”Shiv Chatrapati ”
award from Maharashtra state government in 1985. He retired from
Indian Railways as Deputy Chief Commercial Manager on
superannuation on 31st May 2007.
9) A passenger plane, belonging to the private Airblue service, Karachi
was flying from southern port city of Karachi, when it crashed into
Margala Hills, north of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, while
trying to land in rainy and cloudy conditions, killing all 152
passengers and crew on board. It is the deadliest air accident
to occur in Pakistan to date.