29 March in Indian and World History

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29 March in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 29 March is the birth anniversary of Henry Chapman Pincher, Romesh Bhandari, Utpal Dutt, and Hanumant Singh.

29 March is also observed as the death anniversary of Laxman Naik and K. Bhaskaran Nair.

Birth Anniversary on 29 March

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

Henry Chapman Pincher (29 March 1914 – 5 August 2014), was an English journalist, historian, and novelist. His writing mainly focused on espionage and similar matters. He was born on 29 March 1914 in Ambala, Punjab.

Romesh Bhandari (29 March 1928 – 7 September 2013), an Indian Foreign Secretary. He was the former Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi. He also acted as the former governor of Tripura, Goa, and Uttar Pradesh. He was born on 29 March 1928 in Lahore, present-day Pakistan.

Utpal Dutt (29 March 1929 – 19 August 1993), was an Indian actor and director. He initiated his carrier in Bengali Theatre and became a noted figure in Modern Indian theatre. He also acted in over 100 Bengali and Hindi films in a career spanning 40 years and remains most known for his roles in films such as Shome (1969), Agantuk (1991), and Padma Nadir Majhi (1993). He received the National Film Award for Best Actor in 1970 and three Filmfare Best Comedian Awards. He was born on 29 March 1929in Bengal Presidency, British India.

Hanumant Singh (29 March 1939 – 29 November 2006), was an Indian cricketer. He played in 14 Tests for the Indian cricket team from 1964 to 1969. He was later an International Cricket Council match referee in 9 Tests and 54 One Day Internationals from 1995 and 2002. He was born on 29 March 1939.

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Death Anniversary on 29 March

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

Laxman Naik (22 November 1899 – 29 March 1943) was a tribal civil rights activist of South Odisha in eastern India. Nayak, an Odia folk-hero of Koraput of the southernmost part of Odisha and a cult-figure among its tribals. He was implicated in a case of murder and the death sentence was pronounced on him on 13 November 1942. He was hanged on 29 March 1943 in Berhampur Jail.

K. Bhaskaran Nair (1 March 1927 – 29 March 1990), was an Indian film actor and film director. He was known by his stage name Adoor Bhasi. He was an eloquent English speaker and was known for his rhetoric. He died on 29 March 1990.

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Notable events on 29 March in Indian and World History

29 March 1853 – Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch post-impressionist painter, was born.

29 March 1854 – Lasminingrat, a Sundanese author from Indonesia and scholar, was born.

29 March 1857 – Sepoy Mangal Pandey of the 34th Regiment, Bengal Native Infantry mutinies against the East India Company’s rule in India. It resulted in the Indian Rebellion of 1857, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny. Later Mangal Pandey was executed on 8 April 1857.

30 March 1900 – María Moliner, a Spanish librarian, lexicographer, and feminist was born.

29 March 1913 – Bhawani Prasad Mishra, a Hindi poet and author, was born.

29 March 1927 – John Vane, a British pharmacologist, and Nobel Prize Laureate, was born.

29 March 1939 – Novera Ahmed, a Bangladeshi sculptor, and painter, was born.

29 March 1941 – British Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy forces defeat those of the Italian Regia Marina off the Peloponnesian coast of Greece in the Battle of Cape Matapan.

29 March 1942 -The Bombing of Lübeck in World War II is the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany.

29 March 1945 – Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England.

29 March 1945 – The German 4th Army is almost destroyed by the Soviet Red Army.

29 March 1952 – Jorge Lafond, a Brazilian actor, drag queen, and comedian, was born.

March 29, 1992 – Lina Bo Bardi an Italian-born Brazilian modernist architect, designer, and curator whose innovative approach to architecture left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of Brazil.

29 March 2017 –  Alexei Abrikosov, a Soviet and Russian physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, died.

29 March Historical Significance

On March 29, several significant events left their mark on history. One notable occurrence is the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1648, which ended the Thirty Years’ War in Europe. This treaty established the modern system of nation-states and marked the beginning of a new era in European politics. Additionally, in 1974, the Terracotta Army, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, was unearthed in Xi’an, China. Comprising thousands of life-sized clay soldiers, horses, and chariots, the Terracotta Army was buried with the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, to protect him in the afterlife. Moreover, on March 29, 1973, the last United States combat troops withdrew from South Vietnam, effectively ending direct American military involvement in the Vietnam War. This event marked a turning point in the conflict and paved the way for the eventual reunification of Vietnam under communist rule. Overall, March 29 holds historical significance due to these diverse events that have shaped politics, archaeology, and international relations.

Important Days of 29 March in History

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day: This day honors small business owners and the contributions they make to their communities.

Vietnam Veterans Day: In the United States, this day commemorates and honors the veterans who served in the Vietnam War.

International Piano Day: Celebrated worldwide, this day pays tribute to the piano and its significance in music and culture.

Earth Hour: Observed globally, Earth Hour encourages individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of commitment to the planet.