29 January in Indian and World History

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29 January in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 29 January is the birth anniversary of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

29 January is also observed as the death anniversary of Maharana Pratap, Piloo Mody, and Sarla Grewal.

Birth Anniversary

29 January in Indian history is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the following personalities:

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, a famous Indian shooter. In the Athens Olympics to be held in August 2004, a new player set a new record on 17 August, giving independent India its first Olympic silver medal. India got the silver medal in an individual event from the gun of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod. In independent India, India got the first silver medal after 57 years of independence. Prior to him, Indian-born Norman Pritchard of British origin had won two silver medals at the 1900 Summer Olympics. He was born on 29 January 1970 in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

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Death Anniversary

29 January in Indian history is observed as the death anniversary of the following personalities:

Maharana Pratap’s (9 May 1540 – 29 January 1597), name is immortalized in Indian history for valor and determination. He was the king of the Sisodia dynasty in Udaipur, Mewar. Blessed is the date when ‘Mewar-Mukut Mani’ Rana Pratap was born on the brave land of Mewar. He was the only hero who did not accept the subordination of the Mughal emperor Akbar in any way. He was always engrossed in safeguarding the pride of the Hindu clan. According to the Vikrami Samvat calendar, the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap is celebrated every year on Jyeshtha, Shukla Paksha Tritiya. He died on 29 January 1597.

Piloo Mody (14 November 1926 – 29 January 1983), a prominent leader of the Swatantra Party. He was a supporter of liberal and open economic policies in India. He was a follower of Zoroastrianism. He was also a member of the Lok Sabha. His brother Rusi Modi was the former chairman of Tata’s steel company ‘TISCO’. During the Emergency (India) in 1975, Indira Gandhi got Piloo Mody arrested under MISA. He died on 29 January 1983.

Sarla Grewal (4 October 1927 – 29 January 2002), India’s second woman officer in the Indian Administrative Service. She had served in many important administrative posts under Punjab. Sarla Grewal was made the Deputy Commissioner of Shimla in 1956. She was the first woman officer in the country to hold this position. In 1963, she was appointed as the Secretary of the Health Department, Government of Punjab. She served as the Development Commissioner of Punjab for three years from 1971 to 1974. Under this, the responsibility of agriculture and allied departments was included. Sarla Grewal also served as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh. She served in this position from 31 March 1989 to 5 February 1990. She died on 29 January 2002 in Chandigarh, Punjab.

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Notable events on 29 January in Indian and World history

29 January 1528 – Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire dynasty, captured the fort of Chanderi by defeating Rana Sanga, the king of Mewar.

29 January 1676 – Theodore III became the Tsar of Russia.

29 January 1780 – The publication of the country’s first newspaper ‘Hickey Gazette’ or ‘Bengal Gazette’ or Calcutta General Advertiser started from Kolkata.

29 January 1837  Alexander Pushkin – a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era – died.

29 January 1860 – Anton Chekhov, was a Russian playwright and short-story writer, was born.

29 January 1916 – In the First World War, Germany attacked France for the first time.

29 January 1948 – Brenda Lee, a Brazilian transgender LGBT rights activist, was born.

29 January 1953 – Sangeet Natak Akademi was established.

29 January 1976 – The Soviet Union agreed to a political settlement in Angola.

29 January 1978 – In 1978, Sweden became the first country to ban aerosol sprays due to its adverse effects on the ozone layer of the atmosphere.

29 January 1979 – The Tamil Nadu Express, India’s first two-engined jumbo train, was flagged off from New Delhi to Madras.

29 October 1988  Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, an Indian social reformer and freedom activist, died.

29 January 1989 – Syria and Iran signed an agreement to stop the conflict in Lebanon.

29 January 1993 – Cricketer Vinod Kambli’s Test debut.

29 January 1994 – The Government of India repealed the Air Corporation Act 1953.

29 January 1996 – French President Jacques Chirac announced a moratorium on future nuclear tests.

29 January 2003 – The Himachal Legislative Assembly was dissolved.

29 January 2005 – Serena Williams won the Australian Open women’s title.

29 January 2006 – India’s Tenj Irfan Pathan became the first bowler in the world to take a hat-trick in the first over in Test cricket.

29 January 2007 – Actress Shilpa Shetty became the ‘Big Brother’ champion in London’s Channel 4 reality show by defeating Zameen Jackson.

29 January 2008 – The membership of Lok Sabha members Bhalchandra, Ramakant Yadav, and Akhalask were abolished by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.

29 January 2008 – Australia announced its withdrawal from Iraq.

29 January 2010 – The 5th generation warplane was successfully flight tested, this warplane was produced under a joint project of India and Russia.

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