1920 - Gemini Ganesan (Ramaswamy Ganesan) was born. He was a Tamil film actor who was nicknamed Kadhal Mannan (King of Romance) for the romantic roles he played in films. He received Padmashree, Kalaimamani, MGR Gold Medal and Screen Lifetime Achievement Award.
1931 - Haraprasad Shastri (Haraprasad Bhattacharya) died. He was an academic, Sanskrit scholar, archivist and historian of Bengali literature. He is famous for discovering the Charyapada, the earliest known examples of Bengali literature.
1971 - Debaki Bose (Debaki Kumar Bose) died on 17 November 1971 in Calcutta. He was a top director, writer, actor of Bengali cinema. He is known for his innovative use of sound and music in Indian Cinema.
1973 - Mirra Alfassa (also known as The Mother) passed away. She was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo.
2012 - Bal Thackeray (Bal Keshav Thackeray) died in Mumbai at the age of 86. He founded the Shiv Sena party in Maharashtra. He began his professional career as a cartoonist.