1)Saint Lawrence Feast Day (Born on c 225). He was
one of the 7 deacons of ancient Rome, who was martyred
during the persecution of Valerian on 10 August, c 258.
According to lore, among the treasures of the Greek church
entrusted to Lawrence for safe-keeping, was the Holy Chalice,
the cup from which Jesus and the Apostles drank at the Last
Supper. Today it is venerated in a special chapel, in the Catholic
Cathedral of Valentia, Spain.
2)Birthday of Mala Shree (1973),Kannada film actress. She excelled
in homely and tomboyish roles. Her portrayal of haughty, shrewish
woman in the movie, won her many accolades heralding her as the
top Kannada actress. Her portrayal of a young girl inflicted with
cancer and her simple desire in life, won her the Filmfare Best
Actress Award in the year 1991.
3)Birthday of Late Varaha Venkata Giri (V.V.Giri), the 4th
President of the Republic of India from 24 August 1969 to
23 August 1974. He was born on 10 August 1894, into a
Telugu-speaking family at Berhampur (presently in Orissa)
in the former Presidency of Madras. He went to Ireland
to study laws and became associated with the Sinn Fein
Movement. He came in close contact with important
personalities like Michael Collins, Patrick Pearse and
Eamon de Valera.He drew his inspiration from them in
his fight for freedom of India. He participated in Quit India
movement and was arrested.He was a prominent Congress leader,
prolific writer and a good orator. He had penned two
books, one on ”Industrial Relations” and the other on
”Labour Problems in Indian Industries”. He was responsible
for the formation of the All India Trade Union Congress, of
which he was President twice in 1926 & 1942. He was also
one of the founders of All India Railwaymen’s Federation (1923).
In 1947, he was appointed as India’s High Commissioner to Ceylon.
In 1957, he headed a team of prominent public personalities &
academicians to establish The Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE).
He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1975. He passed away on 23 June 1980.