20 June in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 20 June is the birth anniversary of Sushma Seth, Paras Chandra Jain, and Vikram Seth.

20 June is also observed as the death anniversary of Hamid Ali Khan Bahadur, Prof. Kotcherlakota Rangadhama Rao, and Anita Guha.

Birth Anniversary

20 June in Indian history is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the following personalities:

Sushma Seth, an Indian stage, film and television actress. She started her career in the 1950s and was a founder member of the Delhi-based theatre group Yatrik. She is known for playing a mother and grandmother role in movies and on television, and notable for her role as Dadi in the pioneering TV soap Hum Log. She was born on 20 June 1936 in Delhi, British India.


Paras Chandra Jain, former Cabinet Minister of Energy and New & Renewable Energy in Government. He is affiliated with BJP. He was born on 20 June 1950 in Ujjain, India.

Vikram Seth, an Indian novelist and poet. He has written several novels and poetry books. He has received several awards such as Padma Shri, Sahitya Academy Award, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, WH Smith Literary Award and Crossword Book Award. Seth was born on 20 June 1952 in Calcutta.

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Death Anniversary

20 June in Indian history is observed as the death anniversary of the following personalities:

Hamid Ali Khan Bahadur (31 August 1875 – 20 June 1930),  Nawab of the princely state of Rampur from 1889 to 1930. A staunch supporter of higher education, Sir Nawab Hamid gave generously to many colleges across the subcontinent, including the Lucknow Medical College and Aligarh Muslim University, also greatly expanding the number of educational institutions within his state. He was instrumental in the foundation of Shia College, Lucknow. He died on 20 June 1930.

Prof. Kotcherlakota Rangadhama Rao (9 September 1898 – 20 June 1972) was an Indian physicist in the field of Spectroscopy. He was known both for his scientific ability and his interpersonal relations. He died on 20 June 1972 in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Anita Guha (17 January 1932 – 20 June 2007), an Indian Bengali actress who usually played mythological characters in films. She became known for playing the title role in Jai Santoshi Maa (1975).


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Notable events on 20 June in Indian and World history

20 June 1756Black Hole of Calcutta: 146 British soldiers, Anglo-Indian soldiers and Indian civilians were imprisoned in a small dungeon in Calcutta, India where most die from suffocation and heat exhaustion.

20 June 1756 – Siraj ud-Daulah Nawab of Bengal takes Calcutta from the British.

20 June 1861 – Frederick Gowland Hopkins, a British biochemist, and Nobel Prize Laureate, was born.

20 June 1943 – The Royal Air Force launches Operation Bellicose, the first shuttle bombing raid of the war.

20 June 1944The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive U.S. naval victory. The lopsided naval air battle is also known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”.

20 June 2008  Oliver De Coque, a Nigerian musician, singer, and songwriter, died.

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