Founder of Bhartiya Jana Sangh
Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the founder of Bhartiya Jana Sangh, was born on this day at Calcutta. Dr. Mukherjee became a great social reformer, politician and leader. The current ruling party of India, Bhartiya Janta Party, is the successor party of Bhartiya Jana Sangh.
Born in 1901, Dr Mukherjee died at the young age of 52. He was a member of parliament and Minister of Industry and Supply in the cabinet of Jawaharlal Nehru. He fell out with Nehru after the Nehru – Liaquat pact and founded Bhartiya Jana Sangh (later BJP) with the help of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh.
Babu Jagjivan Ram
Valiant freedom fighter and one of the longest uninterrupted members of the Indian Parliament, Babu Jagjivan Ram passed away on 6 July 1986. Babu Jagjivan held many ministerial portfolios and was the founder of Congresss (J).
Today is the 86th birth day of Dalai Lama, the 14th incarnate and religious leader of Tibet. He was born to Tenzin Gyotso in Taksten Village, Tibet. The Dalai Lama is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for 1989.
Althea Gibson, became the first African American woman to win the Wimbledon. She claimed the women’s singles title on 6 July 1957 at the age of 30, at London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Gibson has earlier won the French Open (then French Championship) in 1956. She was introduced to the US National Championship (US Open) in 1950. The first African American male to win the Wimbledon was Arthur Ashe, who defeated Jimmy Connors in 1975 to take the title. In 1957 Gibson also won the US National Championship (now US Open) in 1957.
Women in the US Navy
Today in 1976 was the first time that women cadets were inducted into the US Naval Academy. 81 female midshipmen were inducted to the US Nava Academy on 6 July 1976. Elizabeth Allen Row became the first woman to graduate in May 1980.
Journalist Mark Twain
Samuel Clemens began publishing News stories in the Virgina City Territorial Enterprise under the pen name of Mark Twain. This pen name came from his days as a river boating man. The success of his first book, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” got him fame and he became a globe-trotting journalist for a California newspaper.
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Source: History, IndianAge
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