5 March in Indian History

5 March in Indian History

5 March in Indian history is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 5 March is the birth anniversary of Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee, Gangubai Hangal, Bijayananda Patnaik, Shivajirao Girdhar Patil, and Saurabh Shukla. 5 March is also observed as the death anniversary of Jalal Agha and Chittajallu Rajeevalochana.

Birth Anniversary

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

Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee (5 March 1911 – 8 November 1960), first Indian Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Indian Air Force. His career spanned almost three decades and had been awarded with many honours until his untimely demise in 1960. He has been called the “Father of the Indian Air Force”. He was born on 5 March 1911 in Kolkata, India.

Gangubai Hangal (5 March 1913 – 21 July 2009), an Indian singer of the khayal genre of Hindustani classical music. She was known for her deep and powerful voice. Ms. Hangal belonged to the Kirana gharana. Gangubai Hangal was born in Dharwad on 5 March 1913.

Bijayananda Patnaik (5 March 1916 – 17 April 1997), popularly known as Biju Patnaik, was an Indian politician, aviator and businessman. He served twice as the Chief Minister of the State of Odisha. He was educated at Ravenshaw College in Odisha. He had a desire to be in the aviation sector. He dropped from his ongoing education and got himself trained as a pilot. Shree  Patnaik flew with private airlines but at the start of the Second World War, he joined the Royal Indian Air Force eventually becoming head of air transport command. For his courageous support during Indonesia support, Patnaik was given honorary citizenship in Indonesia. In 2015, Sukarno’s daughter Megawati Sukarnoputri recounted how it was Patnaik who suggested she be named Meghavati or “daughter of clouds”. She, whose full name is Diah Permata Megawati Setiawati Sukarnoputri, later became Indonesia’s first female president, serving from 2001 to 2004. In 2021, the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi designated a room on the name of Biju Patnaik. On the walls of the Biju Patnaik room are photographs, newspaper clippings and letters that document Shree Patnaik’s secret assignments to fly out Indonesian leaders, as well as his relations with the Indonesian leadership. Biju Patnaik was born on 5 March 1916 in Cuttack, British India.

Shivajirao Girdhar Patil (5 March 1925 – 22 July 2017), an Indian social activist and politician from the state of Maharashtra. Mr Patil has been associated with various political parties and has been a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and later also of the Rajya Sabha for one term. Recently in 2013, he was presented with Padma Bhushan; India’s third highest civilian award. He was born on 5 March 1925.

Saurabh Shukla, an Indian film, theatre and television actor and director. He is famous for his roles in Satya (1998), Yuva (2004), Barfi! (2012), Jolly LLB (2013), Kick (2014), PK (2014), Jolly LLB 2 (2017) and Raid (2018). He has also worked in a short documentary with Ruth Agnihotri and Rachael Agnihotri in Goa. In 2014, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Jolly LLB. He was born on 5 March 1963 in Gorakhpur, India.


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Death Anniversary

5 March in Indian history is remembered as the death anniversary of the following personalities:

Jalal Agha (11 July 1945 – 5 March 1995), an Indian actor and director in Bollywood films. Jalal studied acting at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He made his debut as a child actor playing the young version of Jehangir (who was played by Dilip Kumar as an adult) in the historical epic Mughal-E-Azam, which released in 1960. He appeared in more than 60 Bollywood films. He died on 5 March 1995 in New Delhi India, at an age of 49.

Chittajallu Rajeevalochana (15 August 1935 – 5 March 2013), an Indian classical dancer and film actress. She was also known as Rajasulochana.  She has acted in more than 300 Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi language films. She died on 5 March 2013 in Chennai, India, at an age of 77.


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Notable events on 5 March in Indian and World history

5 March 1851The Geological Survey of India (GSI) was established. It is a government organisation that is an office associated with the Ministry of Mines of the Union Government of India. It conducts geological surveys and studies and is one of the oldest such organisation in the world.

5 March 1931Gandhi-Irwin agreement was signed. It was signed between Mohandas K. Gandhi, leader of the Indian nationalist movement, and Lord Irwin. It marked the end of a period of civil disobedience (satyagraha) in India against British rule that Gandhi and his followers had initiated with the Salt March.

5 March 1942 – Japanese forces capture Batavia, capital of Dutch East Indies, which is left undefended after the withdrawal of the KNIL garrison and Australian Black force battalion to Buitenzorg and Bandung.

5 March 1953Joseph Stalin, the longest-serving leader of the Soviet Union, dies at his Volynskoe dacha in Moscow after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage four days earlier.

March 5 1907First radio broadcast of a musical composition took place when Lee De Forest transmitted the performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture from Telharmonic Hall in NY to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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