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THIS DAY IN HISTORY

29th November 1993: J.R.D. Tata, Industrialist, Aviator And Philanthropist, Passed Away

About

  • Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata was born on July 29, 1904, in Paris. He is the second child of Parsi father Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata and his French wife, Suzanne Briere.
  • In December 1925, JRD enters the Tata as an unpaid apprentice. In 1926, JRD is on the board of Tata Sons, the group’s flagship company.
  • In 1929, JRD received the first pilot license in India with legendary aviator Louis Bleriot.
  • In 1932, JRD pilots the first flight of the subcontinent from Karachi to Mumbai.
  • In 1932, he inaugurates Tata Airlines. At 34, he is the youngest Chairman in the group’s history.
  • In the 1940s, he established Tata Motors and Air India International.
  • In 1955, he received the Padma Vibhushan award.
  • In 1962, he flew solo to mark the 30th anniversary of Tata Airlines’ first flight. In 1968, he established Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
  • In 1974, he earned the ranks of honorary Air Vice-Marshal.
  • In 1982, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first flight. JRD commemorated this by taking to the skies again.
  • In 1984, he established Titan Company Ltd.
  • 1992, he receives the UN population Award and India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. On November 29, 1993, JRD passed away in a Geneva hospital.

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