Today in Indian history, April 5 marks Bollywood actress Divya Bharti’s 25th death anniversary, who died in 1993 under mysterious situation at the tender age of 19. The actress starred in several commercially successful Hindi and Telugu language films in the early 1990s. One of her films was opposite Shah Rukh Khan was Deewana. In 1984, Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma becomes India’s first spaceman, he traveled in a Soviet rocket. He flew on board Soviet rocket Soyuz T-11 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.

5th April, 1993: Death Anniversary of Bollywood Actress Divya Bharti

Divya Bharti started her career at 16 with a lead role in the successful Telugu film Bobbili Raja in 1990. After featuring in a number of high-grossing Telugu films, she progressed to Bollywood films in 1992 with the action thriller Vishwatma. Bharti further went on to have commercial success alongside acclaimed actors such as Govinda, Rishi Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan in films such as Shola Aur Shabnam and Deewana. She was one of the highest paid actresses of her time. She quickly established herself as a top and popular actress. We still remember her dialogue ‘maar dalugi’ from ‘Deewana’ made her a crazy among fans. Within 3 years she signed and worked in 21 films in which 13 were in Bollywood. Sadly, on April 5 1993, the industry and her fans were shocked as she fell from a five-storey building near Tulsi Apartment in Versova, Mumbai and died. Even today, her death is a mystery. No one knows whether it was a murder or suicide.

5th April, 1984: 34 years ago, Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma becomes India’s first spaceman

Rakesh Sharma was the first Indian to travel in Space. He spent eight days in space on board the Salyut 7 space station (Soviet/Russian). He joined two other Soviet cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz T-11 spacecraft which blasted off on 1984. Then, he became the first Indian citizen to go into space when he flew aboard the Russian rocket Soyuz T-11. The take-off from Baikonur in Moscow on April 2, 1984 was a high point in Indo-Soviet relations. The Soyuz IT – 11 docked and transferred the three-member Soviet-Indian international crew which also included the Ship’s Commander Y.V. Malyshev and Flight Engineer G.M. Strekalov (USSR) to the SALYUT-7 Orbital Station. The crew spent seven days aboard the Salyut Space Station during which they conducted scientific and technical studies, which included 43 experimental sessions. Rakesh Sharma made his way into many Indians hearts by his answer to the then PM Indira Gandhiji’s question on how India looked from outer space. He replied “Saare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Humara”.

Other Important Events on 5th April:

1663: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj attacked Shahistekhan at Pune

1908: Babu Jagjivan Ram, valiant freedom fighter, was born in Chandwa village in Bhojpur, Bihar

1919: India’s first modern shipping company Scindia Steam Navigation’s first ship ‘Liberty’ started its journey. The weight of the ship was 5,940 tonnes.

1930: Mahatma Gandhi reached Dandi, a small coastal village in Gujarat, after traveling 385 kms with 78 followers to break the recently imposed “Salt Law”

1957: In India, Communists win the first elections in united Kerala and E. M. S. Namboodiripad is sworn in as the first Chief Minister.

1961: Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited was established in New Delhi by Indian Government for allopathic drugs.

1979: First Naval Museum of India established in Bombay.

1993: G. V. Iyer’s Sanskrit film ‘Bhagavad Geeta was adjudged the best film at the National Film Awards.