9 April in Indian and World History

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9 April in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 9 April is the birth anniversary of Rahul Sankrityayan, Sharan Rani, Jaya Bachchan, and Jairam Ramesh.

9 April is also observed as the death anniversary of Shakti Samanta and Ale Narendra.

Birth Anniversary

9 April in Indian history is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the following personalities:

Rahul Sankrityayan (9 April 1893 – 14 April 1963) was a scholar and writer. He is also called the “Father of Indian Travelogue Travel literature” and “Mahapandit” (Great Scholar). He is the one who played a pivotal role in giving travelogue a ‘literature form’, and was one of the most widely travelled scholars of India, spending forty-five years of his life on travels away from his home. He was both a polymath as well as a polyglot. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1963.

Sharan Rani (9 April 1929 – 8 April 2008) was an Indian classical sarod player and music scholar. Her private collection of 379 musical instruments ranging from the 15th to the 19th century is now part of the “Sharan Rani Backliwal Gallery of Musical Instruments” at the National Museum, New Delhi. She was born on 9 April 1929 in Delhi, British India.

Jaya Bachchan is an Indian film actress and politician. She is affiliated with the Samajwadi Party (SP) and a member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha serving four terms since 2004. During her career, she won nine Filmfare Awards: including three for Best Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress. She was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In 1992, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. She was born on 9 April 1948 in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Jairam Ramesh is an Indian economist and politician. He is affiliated with the Indian National Congress (INC). He is a Member of Parliament representing Karnataka state in the Rajya Sabha. He was born on 9 April 1954 in Chikmagalur, Mysore State, India.

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Death Anniversary

9 April in Indian history is observed as the death anniversary of the following personalities:

Shakti Samanta (13 January 1926 – 9 April 2009) was an Indian film director and producer. He founded Shakti Films in 1957, which is most known for films such as Howrah Bridge (1958), Insan Jaag Utha (1959), China Town (1962), Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), An Evening in Paris (1967), Aradhana (1969), Kati Patang (1971), and Amar Prem (1972). He died on 9 April 2009 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Ale Narendra (21 August 1946 – 9 April 2014) was an Indian politician. He was a member of the 13th and 14th Lok Sabha of India. He was one of the biggest proponents of Telangana statehood. Ale Narendra and other individuals associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He died on 9 April 2014 in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

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Notable events on 9 April in Indian and World History

9 April 1783 – Tippu Sahib drives out the British from Bednore, India.

9 April 1893 – Rahul Sankrityayan, an Indian writer and a polyglot, was born.

9 April 1940 Operation Weserübung: Germany invades Denmark and Norway.

9 April 1940 Vidkun Quisling seizes power in Norway.

9 April 1942 –  The Battle of Bataan ends. An Indian Ocean raid by Japan’s 1st Air Fleet sinks the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes and the Australian destroyer HMAS Vampire.

9 April 2011 – Anna Hazare ended his fast unto death after the government accepted the demand for the enactment of the Lokpal law.

9 April 2011 – Anna Hazare was announced to be given the IIPM Rabindranath Tagore International Award for Rs 1 crore for his anti-corruption campaign which he rejected.

Important Days

Here are some important events and observances that take place on April 9:

  • National Winston Churchill Day: This day is celebrated in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • National Cherish an Antique Day: This day encourages people to appreciate and cherish antiques.