4 February in Indian and World History

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4 February in Indian and World History

4 February in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 4 February is the birth anniversary of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Birju Maharaj, and Urmila Matondkar.

4 February is also observed as the death anniversary of Madhusudan Das, Hamidullah Khan, and Satyendra Nath Bose.

Birth Anniversary

4 February in Indian history is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the following personalities:

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (4 February 1922 – 24 January 2011), an important classical singer of the Kirana Gharana. He started singing at the age of 19 and continued to sing classical for seven decades. Bhimsen Joshi has made Karnataka proud. Earlier in the field of Indian music, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, and Lata Mangeshkar have been awarded ‘Bharat Ratna’. The basis of his ability is his great musical practice. He was born on 4 February 1922 in Gadag, Karnataka.


Birju Maharaj (4 February 1938 – 17 January 2022), one of the famous classical dance artists of India. He was the master of the ‘Kathak’ style of Indian dance and a prominent representative of the ‘Kalka-Bindadin’ Gharana of Lucknow. It is a common practice to present Kathak dance with the melody of Taal and Ghungroos, but when it comes to converting the beats of the Taal and the swaying of the Ghungroos into the melody of Maharas, no other name comes to mind except Birju Maharaj. He was born on 4 February 1938 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Urmila Matondkar, an Indian actress, and politician. Known for her work in Hindi films, in addition to Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, and Tamil cinema, she has received numerous accolades, including the Filmfare Award and the Nandi Award. Through her film roles, she established a distinctive on-screen persona, was identified with her intense style and dancing skills. She was born on 4 February 1974 in Bombay, Maharashtra.

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Death Anniversary

4 February in Indian history is observed as the death anniversary of the following personalities:

Madhusudan Das (28 April 1848 – 4 February 1934), an Indian lawyer and social reformer, founded Utkal Sammilani in 1903 to campaign for the unification of Odisha along with its social and industrial development. He died on 4 February 1934.

Hamidullah Khan (9 September 1894 – 4 February 1960), the last Nawab of the princely state of Bhopal in India. He was very educated and an efficient administrator of the princely state. Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum had announced the appointment of Hamidullah Khan as the ruler of the princely state on 16 May 1926, during her lifetime. On 9 June 1926, Hamidullah Khan became the ruler of the princely state of Bhopal. When he became the ruler, he made different ministers of all the departments. He died on 4 February 1960.

Satyendra Nath Bose (1 January 1894 – 4 February 1974), a famous mathematician and physicist. He suggested there are two types of molecules in physics – bosons, and fermions. He died on 4 February 1974 in Kolkata.


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Notable events on 4 February in Indian and World history

4 February 1318 – Banka Mahar Bhagwat Bhakta took samadhi on this day.

4 February 1620 – A peace agreement was signed between Prince Bethlen of Hungary and Emperor Ferdinand II of Rome.

4 February 1628 – Shah Jahan was declared emperor of Agra.

4 February 1783 – Calabria, Italy, such a devastating earthquake occurred, in which about 50 thousand people lost their lives.

4 February 1789 – George Washington was elected as the first President of America.

4 February 1797 – a severe earthquake struck the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, in which about 41 thousand people died.

4 February 1808 – Josef Kajetán Tyl, a Czech playwright, author, and composer of the 19th century, was born.

4 February 1847 – America’s first telegraph company was founded in Maryland.

4 February 1881 – The first issue of the daily newspaper ‘Kesari’ came under the editing of Lokmanya Tilak.

4 February 1893  Concepción Arenal, a graduate in law, thinker, journalist, poet and Galician dramatic author, died.

4 February 1895 – The first rolling lift bridge was inaugurated in Chicago, USA.

4 February 1919 Richard B. Smith – an Australian inventor – died.

4 February 1920 – the first airline service started between London and South Africa.

4 February 1922 – The Chauri Chaura incident happened during the freedom movement of India.

4 February 1924 – Mahatma Gandhi was released from the Mumbai jail unconditionally due to ill health.

4 February 1928 – Hendrik Lorentz a Dutch physicist, and Nobel Laureate, died.

4 February 1943 – Wanda Rutkiewicz a trailblazing Polish mountaineer known for her exceptional climbing achievements. Her life was a remarkable journey of determination and courage in the world of high-altitude mountaineering.

4 February 1948 – The RSS banned the nationality of the Reserve Bank.

4 February 1948 – Sri Lanka became independent from British rule.

4 February 1953 – The issue of Kashmir was discussed for the first time between India and Pakistan.

4 February 1965 – The US conducted a nuclear test in Nevada.

4 February 1976 – Lok Sabha was extended for one year.

4 February 1978 – The first President of Sri Lanka, Julius Jayawardene, was sworn in as the President.

4 February 1990 – Ernakulam was declared as the first educated state in India.

4 February 1998 – there was a severe earthquake in Afghanistan in which more than 4 thousand people lost their lives.

4 February 2004 – The social networking site that changed the world was launched by Mark Zuckerberg.

4 February 2006 – the International Atomic Energy Agency referred the matter of Iran’s nuclear weapons development to the Security Council.

4 February 2007 – Former US Vice President Algor received the United Nations Environment Award.

4 February 2008 – Terrorists in Pakistan carried out a fidayeen attack on security forces.

4 February 2009 – Baba Ramdev was honored with the Live Time Achievement Award by the Indian Academy of Acupressure Sciences for his services.

4 February 2014 – Satya Nadella was appointed as the new CEO of Microsoft, the world’s largest software company.

4 February is Observed as World Cancer Day every year globally and is celebrated by WHO to aware people of the disease Cancer and how to cure it.

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