10 little Facts about APJ Abdul Kalam
|Presidency||Dr. A.P.J Abdul kalam 11th President of India (2002–2007), Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India (1999–2002)|
|Full Name||Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam|
|Born||15 October 1931, Rameshwaram, Madras Presidency, British India (present-day Tamil Nadu, India)|
|Death||27 July 2015, Shillong, Meghalaya, India|
|Cause of Death||Cardiac arrest|
|Tomb||Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Awards||(Bharat Ratna-1997), (Padma Bhushan-1981), (Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration-1997) more…|
|Parents||Jainulabiddin Marakayar, Ashiamma Jainulabiddin|
|Children||did not have children on his own|
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12 Interesting Facts About APJ Abdul Kalam
1. Jainulabudeen, Kalam’s father, was a boat owner and imam of a local mosque. His ancestors were wealthy but due to business failures, the family fortunes were lost and the former President was forced to do odd jobs. He used to sell newspapers to support his family.
2. Kalam missed an opportunity to become a fighter pilot for the Indian Air force. He was on the 9th spot on the list, and there were only 8 openings. The first 8 shortlisted candidates were recruited.
3. The first 8 shortlisted candidates were recruited. Kalam also made significant contributions to the nuclear capabilities of India.
4. The Pokhran -2 nuclear tests (in 1998) were successful thanks to his organizational and technical support. He was honored with doctorates from 40 universities.
5. Kalam was frisked twice at JFK Airport in New York. He was checked for explosives by the airport staff. This incident was protested by India on the international level.
6. Kalam’s visit to Switzerland is commemorated as Science Day in the country.
7. This declaration in his honor was made by the Swiss government after the sad demise of this great personality.
8. Kalam followed only one cricketer on his Twitter account – VVS Laxman. Kalam followed a total of 38 people on this social media account.
9. He was awarded the MTV Youth Icon award twice, in 2003 and 2006.
10. Once Kalam used Yahoo Answers to ask a question about terrorism. He asked, “What should we do to free our planet from terrorism?” He received more than 30,000 responses.
11. Kalam’s wish was to power the Rashtrapati Bhawan completely with solar power. However, this could not be implemented during the term of his presidency.
12. Dr. Kalam dedicated his book ‘Ignited Minds’ to a Class 12 girl, Snehal Thakkar, who had impressed him with her response to poverty. He also invited her personally for the swearing-in at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.