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*Rajendra Prasad,* born on 3 December 1884

*Rajendra Prasad,* born on 3 December 1884, was the first _President of India,_ in office from 1950 to 1962. He was an Indian political leader and lawyer by training. Prasad joined the _Indian National Congress_ during the Indian Independence Movement and became a major leader from the region of Bihar. A supporter of _Mahatma Gandhi,_ Prasad was imprisoned by British authorities during the _Salt Satyagraha_ of 1931 and the _Quit India movement_ of 1942. After the 1946 elections, Prasad served as Minister of Food and Agriculture in the central government. Upon independence in 1947, Prasad was elected as President of the Constituent Assembly of India, which prepared the Constitution of India and served as its provisional parliament.

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*Yash Raj Chopra,* passed away on 21 October 2012

*Yash Raj Chopra,* passed away on 21 October 2012, was an Indian _director_ and _film producer_ who worked in _Hindi films._ The founding chairman of the film production and distribution company _Yash Raj Films,_ Chopra was the recipient of several awards, including six _National Film Awards_ and 11 _Filmfare Awards._ He is considered among the best Indian _filmmakers._ For his contributions to film, the Government of India honoured him with the _Dadasaheb Phalke Award_ in 2001, and the _Padma Bhushan_ in 2005. British Academy of Film and Television Arts presented him with a lifetime membership, making him the first Indian to receive the honour.

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*Alfred Nobel,* born on 21 October 1833

*Alfred Nobel,* born on 21 October 1833, was a Swedish businessman, chemist, engineer, inventor, and philanthropist. He held 355 different patents, dynamite being the most famous. The synthetic element nobelium was named after him. He owned *Bofors,* which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments. He read a premature obituary which condemned him for profiting from the sales of arms, then bequeathed his fortune to institute the _*Nobel Prize.*_ His name also survives in companies such as _Dynamit Nobel_ and _AkzoNobel,_ which are descendants of mergers with companies that _Nobel_ established.

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*Shammi Kapoor,* born on 21 October 1931

*Shammi Kapoor,* born on 21 October 1931, was an _Indian film actor_ and _director._ He was a prominent lead actor in _Hindi cinema_ from the Mid 1950s until the early 1970s and also made a debut in Tamil cinema with the 1992 blockbuster crime drama Amaran. He received the _Filmfare Best Actor Award_ in 1968 for his performance in _Brahmachari_ and _Filmfare Award_ for Best Supporting Actor for _Vidhaata_ in 1982.

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*Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam,* the most popular President in India’s history, was born on 15 October 1931

*Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam,* the most popular President in India’s history, was born on 15 October 1931 in a small coastal town in what is now Tamil Nadu. An aerospace engineer and scientist before he was appointed to the country’s highest constitutional office, Kalam was closely linked to India’s missile programme. One of the reasons for his popularity, which continued even after his term as President ended in 2007, was the thousands of interactions he has had with school children and college students over the years. ‘People’s President’ and ‘India’s missile man’ are some of the more common labels attached to him.

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