On 5 April in South Asian history

1942-06-05 HMS Cornwall

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Updated on April 5, 2019

1908: Birth of Jagjivan Ram, Indian politician, 4th Deputy Prime Minister of India (1977-1979) who died on July 6, 1986
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagjivan_Ram
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/5-april-1908-babu-jagjivan-ram-union-minister-was-born

Babu Jagjivan Ram

1920: Birth of Rafiq Zakaria, Indian author who died on 9 July 2005
http://www.thehindu.com/2005/07/10/stories/2005071002261000.htm

1942: Japanese Navy attacks Colombo in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire are sunk southwest of the island
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/100411/Plus/plus_26.html
http://www.lankalibrary.com/geo/japan4.htm
http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vo7/no4/stuart-eng.asp
http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/hms_cornwall.htm

1942-06-05 HMS Cornwall

1956: In Sri Lanka, the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna wins the general elections in a landslide and Solomon W.R.D. Bandaranaike sworn in as the PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_parliamentary_election%2C_1956
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahajana_Eksath_Peramuna_(1956)

1957: In India, communists win their first elections in united Kerala and E.M.S. Namboodiripad is sworn in as the first chief minister
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/e-m-s-namboodiripad.html
http://cpim.org/content/e-m-s-namboodiripad

1958: Birth of Lasantha Wickrematunge, Sri Lankan journalist, assassinated on January 8, 2009
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1870440,00.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasantha_Wickrematunge

1967: Birth of Anu Garg, Indian-American author and speaker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anu_Garg

1971: In Sri Lanka, the Janatha Viwukthi Peramune (JVP) launches insurrection against the United Front government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohana_Wijeweera
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janatha_Vimukthi_Peramuna

1993: Death of Divya Bharti, Indian Bollywood actress, born on February 24, 1974
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divya_Bharti

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UVPyRHeptY

2007: Death of Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer. She was born on 26 February 1908
http://parabaas.com/translation/database/authors/texts/lilamajumdar.html

2014: In Afghanistan, millions defy Taliban threats to choose successor to President Karzai, in nation’s first democratic transfer of power
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/afghan-presidential-polls-close-2014451331246955.html



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