8 August in Indian and World History
8 August in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 8 August the birth anniversary of Dada Kondke, Dilip Sardesai, Kapil Sibal, and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu.
8 August is also observed as the death anniversary of Bhagawan Nityananda and Ahmed Deedat.
8 August in Indian history is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the following personalities:
Krishna “Dada” Kondke (8 August 1932 – 14 March 1998) was an Indian actor and producer. Known for his double entendre dialogues in movies, he was one of the biggest Marathi actors. It was he who introduced sex comedy to Indian cinema and Marathi cinema.
Dilip Narayan Sardesai (8 August 1940 – 2 July 2007) was an Indian cricketer. As a batsman, he played Tests for India, becoming the first Goa-born cricketer to do so. He is considered one of India’s best batsmen against spin, despite Indian batsmen generally being better at it.
Kapil Sibal is a prominent Indian lawyer and politician. As one of the most well-known lawyers in India, Sibal has represented several high-profile cases in the Supreme Court of India. He is a member of the Rajya Sabha. It is generally accepted that he represented Congress and members of civil society in the Supreme Court of India, often holding socially liberal views. Following his departure from the Indian National Congress in 2022, he ran independently for the Rajya Sabha backed by the Samajwadi Party. He was born on 8 August 1948.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu is an Indian weightlifter. She won a silver medal in the women’s 49 kg category at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Mirabai Chanu has won multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships. In recognition of her contributions to the sport, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. In 2018, she was awarded the sporting honour Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna by the Government of India. She is the current world record holder in Clean & Jerk in the 49 kg category. She was born on 8 August 1994.
8 August in Indian history is observed as the death anniversary of the following personalities:
Guru Nityananda (November 1897 – 8 August 1961) was an Indian guru. “Chidakash Gita” is a book that contains his teachings. In the Madras Presidency, British India, Nityananda was born in Koyilandy (Pandalayini). As a child, Bhagawan Nityananda appeared to be in an unusually advanced spiritual state, leading to the belief that he was born enlightened. The name Nityananda was eventually given to him, which means “always blissful”. On 8 August 1961, Bhagawan Nityananda passed away at the age of 63. His samadhi is located in Ganeshpuri at the Samadhi Mandir.
Ahmed Husein Deedat (18 July 1918 – 8 August 2005) was a South African Muslim thinker, author, and orator on Comparative Religion. As a Muslim missionary, he was known for holding numerous inter-religious public debates with evangelical Christians, as well as giving video lectures on Islam, Christianity, and the Bible. In 1986, he was awarded the King Faisal International Prize for his fifty years of missionary work. He passed away on 8 August 2005.
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Notable events on 8 August in Indian and World History
8 August 1509-Emperor Krishnadeva Raya was crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire in Southern India.
1549: France declares war on England.
8 August 1942-Mahatma Gandhi launched the Quit India Movement for freedom from British rule in Mumbai.
8 August 1946-India agrees to give Bhutan 32 sq miles.
On 8th August 1942, Mahatma Gandhi launched the Quit India Movement for freedom from British rule in Mumbai (then Bombay).