28 March in Indian and World History

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28 March in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 28 March is the birth anniversary of Chittoor V. Nagaiah, Vina Mazumdar, Moon Moon Sen and Swati Piramal.

28 March is also observed as the death anniversary of Bansi Lal Legha, Sundara Sastri Satyamurti and Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara.

Birth Anniversary on 28 March

28 March in Indian history is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the following personalities:

Chittoor V. Nagaiah (28 March 1904 — 30 December 1973), was a multilingual Indian film actor, composer, director, producer, writer and playback singer.  He received the Padma Shri from the Government of India in 1965 for his contributions to Indian cinema. He was born on 28 March 1904 in Madras Presidency, British India.

Vina Mazumdar (28 March 1927 – 30 May 2013), is an Indian academic, left-wing activist and feminist. She was the founding Director of the Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS), an autonomous organisation established in 1980, under the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). She was a National Research Professor at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, Delhi. She was born on 28 March 1927.

Moon Moon Sen, is an Indian film actress, known for her works in Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Marathi films. She eventually starred in Bollywood films. She has appeared in 60 films and 40 television series. She received the Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1987, for her role in the film Sirivennela. She was born on 28 March 1954 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India.

Swati Piramal, an Indian scientist and industrialist, and is involved in healthcare, focusing on public health and innovation. She earned her medical degree, an M.B.B.S from Mumbai University in 1980. She is an alumnus of the Harvard School of Public Health where she received her master’s degree in 1992. She is married to Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group. She is the Vice-Chairperson of Piramal Group, a business conglomerate with interests in pharmaceuticals, financial services, real estate and glass packaging. In 2012, she was honoured with Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours, by the President of India. She was born on 28 March 1956.

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Death Anniversary on 28 March

28 March in Indian history is observed as the death anniversary of the following personalities:

Bansi Lal Legha (26 August 1927 – 28 March 2006) was an Indian independence activist, senior Congress leader, former Chief Minister of Haryana, former Defence Minister of India, and considered by many to be the architect of modern Haryana. He served three separate terms as Chief Minister of Haryana: 1968 – 75, 1986 – 87, and 1996 – 99. He died on 28 March 2006 in New Delhi, India.

Sundara Sastri Satyamurti (19 August 1887 – 28 March 1943) was an Indian independence activist and politician. He was acclaimed for his rhetoric and was one of the leading politicians of the Indian National Congress from the Madras Presidency, alongside S. Srinivasa Iyengar, C. Rajagopalachari and T. Prakasam. Satyamurti is regarded as the mentor of K. Kamaraj, Chief Minister of Madras State from 1954 to 1962. He died on 28 March 1943.

Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara (24 November 1877 – 28 March 1941) was the first Indian to become the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Mumbai Police in 1928. He was in charge of the Crime Branch division and was noted for his intelligence network. On 1940-06-08 a statue of him was erected for the “valuable services rendered to the city”. The statue is located near Metro Adlabs in South Mumbai. He died on 28 March 1941. He died on 28 March 1941.

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Notable events on 28 March in Indian and World History

28 March 1592 – Jan Amos Komensky, a Czech philosopher, pedagogue and theologian, was born.

28 March 1708 – Hannah Glasse, an English cookery writer of the 18th century, was born.

28 March 1737 – The Marathas under Baji Rao I attack and defeat the Mughals in the Battle of Delhi.

28 March 1862 – Aristide Briand, a French statesman and Nobel Prize Laureate, was born.

28 March 1892 – Corneille Heymans, a Belgian physiologist and Nobel Prize Laureate, was born.

28 March 1895 – Ángela Ruiz Robles, a Spanish teacher, writer, and inventor who is best known for her work in developing the precursor to the modern e-book reader, was born.

28 March 1934 Mahmoud Mokhtar – an Egyptian sculptor – died.

28 March 1942 – A British combined force permanently disables the Louis Joubert Lock in Saint-Nazaire in order to keep the German battleship, Tirpitz, away from the mid-ocean convoy lanes.

28 March 1946 – Wubbo Ockels, a Dutch physicist and astronaut, was born.

28 March 1985  Marc Chagall – a Russian-French artist – died.

28 March Historical Significance

March 28 holds historical significance for several notable events throughout history. On this day in 1979, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident occurred in Pennsylvania, United States, marking one of the most serious nuclear accidents in history. Additionally, in 1942, during World War II, British forces launched Operation Chariot, a raid on the German-occupied port of Saint-Nazaire, France, resulting in significant damage to the port facilities. Furthermore, in 1939, the Spanish Civil War officially ended with the victory of General Francisco Franco’s forces, leading to his dictatorship over Spain for nearly four decades. March 28 serves as a reminder of both tragic accidents and pivotal moments in history that have shaped the course of nations and societies.

Important Days of 28 March in History

National Black Forest Cake Day: This day celebrates the delicious German dessert, Black Forest Cake, known for its layers of chocolate sponge cake, whipped cream, and cherries.

Serfs Emancipation Day (Tibet): In Tibet, March 28 marks the anniversary of the emancipation of serfs in 1959, a significant event in Tibetan history.

Weed Appreciation Day: While it might sound humorous, Weed Appreciation Day is actually a day to recognize the value of weeds in ecosystems and their often-overlooked beauty.