Important events from Indian history that happened on 2 January – Birthdays, Death anniversaries and other events which affected India’s future
2 January – Birthdays
- Kirti Azad – The former cricketer is the son of former Bihar chief minister, Bhagwat Jha Azad. Azad remained active in cricket between 1980 to 86 and was part of the squad which won 1983 Cricket world cup. He’s also a Member of Parliament from Darbhanga, Bihar.
- Raman Lamba – Another cricketer who represented India in 4 Tests and 32 ODI’s. Lamba was born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh in the year 1960 and had a illustrious domestic career. He died after being hit by a cricket ball in a match played in Bangladesh Cricket League in 1998.
- Mannathu Padnabha Pillai – The social reformer and freedom fighter from the state of Kerala was born in 1878 in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore. He dedicated his life to uplift the status of the Nair community and thus founded NSS (Nair Service Society).
- Jainendra Kumar – Kumar was born in 1905 in Kodiyagunj which came under the province of Awadh. He’s considered to be one of the most prominent and influential Hindi writers. He was conferred with Padma Bhushan in 1971 and awarded Sahitya Akademi Award for his literary masterpiece Muktibodh in 1979.
2 January – Death anniversaries
- Safdar Hashmi – He was an Indian Playwright and a director who was closely related with street plays in India. He was a founding member of Jana Nayta Manch. He was murdered in 1989 in Jhandapur, Uttar Pradesh while performing a play named “Halla Bol”.
- Anwar Hussain – Anwar hussain was a noted character actor who portrayed different shades of characters in over 200 bollywood movies. He was maternal half-brother to renowned actress Nargis and thus is an uncle to Sanjay Dutt. He died in the year 1988.
- Bali Ram Bhagat – A distinguished indian politician and a member of Indian National Congress. Bali Ram Bhagat served under successive Congress governments and was part of ministries like Defence, External Affairs, Foreign Trade and Supply etc. He became a Lok Sabha speaker in 1976-77. He also served as the governor of states like Himanchal Pradesh and Rajasthan.
2 January – Important events
- A 1975 bomb blast at Samastipur, Bihar fatally wounded the then Minister of Railways, Lalit Narayan Mishra. The sessions court gave a verdict in a trial after 39 years which convicted 5 accused of secretly plotting and murdering the minister and 3 others. The verdict was later quashed by the high court and all of accused were acquitted.