Ahmad Siddiq (known by his pen name Majnun Gorakhpuri) was born in Gorakhpur, United Provinces, British India. He was an Urdu short story (Afsana) writer, poet and literary critic.
Goruru Ramaswamy Iyengar (popularly known as Goruru) born in Hassan district of Karnataka. He was a Kannada writer, well known for his humour and satire. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in Kannada.
March 28 - Chitturu Nagayya (Vuppaladadiyam Nagayya) was born in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. He was a actor, composer, director, producer, writer and playback singer of Telugu film industry. He also acted in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi films. He was awarded Padmashri.
July 29 - J. R. D. Tata (Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata) was born in Paris. He was a businessman who was Chairman of Tata Group. He was the India's first licensed pilot. He was awarded the French Legion of Honour (highest civilian award in France) and Bharat Ratna.
August 8 - Tribhuvan Narain Singh was born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He also served as governor of West Bengal and as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and as Union Minister of Industry and Steel.
August 26 - C. R. Kesavan Vaidyar was born in Ramapuram, Meenachil taluk, Kottayam district. He was an industrialist, social worker and a Ayurvedic Vaidyar. He was follower of Sree Narayana Guru. The famous "Chandrika" ayurvedic soap was his idea. He started manufacturing the soap from Irinjalakuda.
October 1 - A. K. Gopalan or AKG (Ayillyath Kuttiari Gopalan) was born in Kannur, Kerala, British India. He was a communist leader and first leader of opposition in India.
October 2 - Lal Bahadur Shastri was born in Mughalsarai, Banaras, United Province, British India. He was the second Prime Minister of India. He also held the positions of Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of External Affairs. He received Bharat Rantna.
December 29 - Kannada writer and poet Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa was born in Hirekodige, Koppa taluk, Chikmagalur district, Karnataka. He is known by the pen name Kuvempu or by K. V. Puttappa. He is regarded as the greatest poet of 20th century Kannada literature.