26 June in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 26 June is the birth anniversary of Aruna Roy and Arjun Kapoor.

26 June is also observed as the death anniversary of Govind Shastri Dugvekar, Yash Johar, and Eknath Solkar.

Birth Anniversary

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

Aruna Roy, an Indian political, social activist, and the President of the National Federation of Indian Women. She founded the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) (“Workers and Peasants Strength Union”) along with Shankar Singh, Nikhil Dey, and many others. Roy got awarded with Ramon Magsaysay award in 2000, and Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award in 2010 for her work for the vulnerable sections of society. She was born on 26 June 1946 in Chennai.

Arjun Kapoor, an Indian film actor in Hindi films, and the son of film producers Boney Kapoor and Mona Shourie Kapoor. Kapoor makes his acting debut with the 2012 action romance Ishaqzaade and subsequently appeared in several films, including the crime drama Gunday (2014). He was born on 26 June 1985 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

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Death Anniversary

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

Govind Shastri Dugvekar (1881 – 26 June 1961), a unique servant of Hindi language and literature and a versatile genius. Govind Shastri ji had a major hand in the first establishment of Shastra Shuddh Hindi Theater in the form of ‘Bhartendu Natak Mandali’. Govind had come to Kashi around 1901 and spent the remaining 60 years of his life mostly living in Kashi and did literary practice. He used to write very excellent poetry in Brajbhasha and Khariboli. To meet the lack of children’s literature, Govind Shastri has also written many stories in the form of a picture story. He died on 26 June 1961 in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

Yash Johar (6 September 1929 – 26 June 2004), an Indian Bollywood film producer. He founded Dharma Productions in 1976. He died on 26 June 2004 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Eknath Solkar (18 March 1948 – 26 June 2005), an Indian all-round cricketer who played 27 Tests and seven One Day Internationals. He died on 26 June 2005 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

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Notable events on 26 June in Indian and World history

26 June 1714 – Spain and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Trade and Peace.

26 June 1892 – Pearl S. Buck was an American writer. In 1938, Pearl S. Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, was Born.

26 June 1894 – Karl Benz of Germany obtained a US patent for a gas-powered auto.

26 June 1909 – The Victoria and Albert Museum in London was opened.

26 June 1919 – The publication of the New York Daily News in America began.

26 June 1941 – During World War II, Finland opened a front against Russia.

26 June 1943 Karl Landsteiner – an Austrian-born American biologist, physician, and immunologist – died.

26 June 1945 – In San Francisco, 50 countries signed the United Nations Declaration on this day.

26 June 1949 – Women got the right to vote for the first time in the Belgian parliamentary elections.

26 June 1952 – Nelson Mandela and 51 others violated the curfew in South Africa.

26 June 1963 – US President John F. Kennedy addressed a large crowd in the West German city of Berlin. He conquered Berlin during the Cold War.

26 June 1982 – Air India’s first Boeing Gaurishankar crashed in Mumbai.

26 June 1994 – PLO leader Yasser Arafat returned to Gaza on this day after 27 years.

26 June 1999 – The World Science Conference started in Budapest (Hungary) on this day.

26 June 2000 – Bangladesh was granted Test status in 2000 by the International Cricket Council.

26 June 2013 – 20 people were killed when a rescue helicopter crashed in Uttarakhand.

26 June 2015 – a suicide attack on the Shia Imam Al Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait killed 27 people and injured 227.

26 June is observed as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking every year. It is celebrated to make people aware of the harmful effects of drugs and to determine a society free of drug abuse.

26 June is also celebrated as International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The UN General Assembly signifies 26 June as International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 12 December 1997 to remove torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

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