This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened on 19th June!
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 19th June”.
1945: Aung San Suu Kyi is born
Aung San Suu Kyi is a politician and opposition leader of Myanmar and winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1991. She was born on this day in 1945 in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar). Although she was once seen as a beacon for human rights, her image suffered terribly due to her response to the crisis that befell Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority. She was deposed in 2021 by a military coup and then arrested.
1947: Salman Rushdie is born
Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born British American novelist and essayist. He was born on 19th June 1947 in Bombay, India. His second novel, Midnight’s Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, was the subject of a major controversy, provoking protests from Muslims in several countries. It was also banned in India in 1988.
Click here for more info: When India became the first country to ban ‘The Satanic Verses’ much before the Iranian fatwa
1970: Rahul Gandhi is born
Rahul Gandhi is an Indian politician and a member of the Indian National Congress party. He was born in Delhi on 19 June 1970 to Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. In 2017, he led the Congress party into the 2019 Indian general election. After a poor performance in the election, Gandhi resigned as party leader and was succeeded by his mother, Sonia Gandhi.
1981: APPLE satellite is launched
Ariane Passenger PayLoad Experiment, APPLE was an experimental communication satellite successfully launched on June 19, 1981, an important milestone in India’s space programme. It was India’s first communications satellite and enabled experimentation in advanced communications technology.