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May 19th Famous People Birthdays

Nana Sahib

1824 - Nana Sahib was one of the most renowned Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. He was one of the prominent leaders in India's First War of Independence along with Tatya Tope and Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi. Under Nana Sahib's leadership, Kanpur rose to oppose the British rule during the 1857 uprising. Besides military achievements and able support rendered to the empire in expansion and administration, he has also recorded a notable contribution to the development of the Maratha Empire in several ways. He took up the role of Peshwa of a mighty empire at the very young age and during this period, the Maratha Empire stretched far and wide. He contributed heavily to the development of the city of Pune. He is well noted for his accomplishments in architecture and social development projects. During his period, the city of Pune was well developed in several regards. A number of neighbourhoods were also established in the region. Parvati temple and the first ever permanent bridge over the Mutha River are his notable accomplishments. He too created a reservoir in the adjacent town of Katraj to supply pure running water to the city inhabitants.

1848 - Dame Nellie Melba - Australian operatic singer of world renown. 

1879 - William Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount, English politician and proprietor of The Observer.

1890 - Ho Chi Minh, North Vietnamese revolutionary leader.

1926 - Malcolm X, American Black Muslim leader.

1933 - Edward de Bono, British doctor who developed the concept of lateral thinking.

1934 - Ruskin Bond, Indian author of British descent, who won the Padma Shri in 1999 for his contribution to children's literature.

1945 - Pete Townshend, British guitarist with pop group The Who.