May 3 Today in Indian History

Historical Events

  • 1939 The All India Forward Bloc is formed by Subhash Chandra Bose
  • 2002 A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.

  • 2012 59th National Film Awards (India): “Deool” wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2013 60th National Film Awards (India): “Paan Singh Tomar” wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2014 61st National Film Awards (India): “Ship of Theseus” wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2015 62nd National Film Awards (India): “Court” wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2018 Indian government confirms around 110 people have died in dust storms in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in the last 9 days

Film & TV History

2018 Bollywood actors both posthumously recognized at India’s National Film Awards; Sridevi Kapoor Best Actress for “Mum” and Vinod Khanna receives Dadasaheb Phalke award.

Sridevi Kapoor
Actress and Film Producer Sridevi Kapoor
  • 2019 Cyclone Fani strikes Odisha State, India and Bangladesh, killing 33 people after one of the biggest human evacuations ever – 1.2 million in India in 24 hours

More Indian History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1897 V. K. Krishna Menon, Indian nationalist, Minister of Defense (1957-62), born in Tellicherry, British India (d. 1974)
  • 1929 Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist, born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India (d. 1994)
  • 1945 Sadiq Mohammad, Pakistani cricket batsman 41 Tests @ 35.81, 5 x 100; brother of Hanif & Mushtaq Mohammad), born in Junagadh, India
  • 1959 Uma Bharati, Indian politician, Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation, born in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • 1966 Firdous Bamji, Indian-American actor (The War Within), born in Bombay, India

Famous Deaths

  • 1969 Zakir Husain, 3rd President of India (1967-69) and scholar, dies at 72
  • 2006 Pramod Mahajan, Indian politician (b. 1949)
  • 2009 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)

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