C. N. Annadurai Biography
(First Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu)
Birthday: September 15, 1909 (Virgo)
Born In: Kanchipuram
C. N. Annadurai, lovingly referred to as “Anna,” was an Indian politician, who served as the 1st chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu. He was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for just 20 days in 1969. He served as the fifth and the final chief minister of the state of Madras before its name was changed to Tamil Nadu. The founder of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), he was known for his eloquent writing and oratorical skills. He was also a good actor and had acted in several plays. Born in a middle-class family to a weaver and temple servant, Annadurai was raised by his sister. At the age of 21, he got married while still a student. After dropping out of high school, he worked as a clerk to make ends meet. In 1934, Annadurai graduated from Chennai’s Pachaiyappa's College. Later, he earned a post-graduate degree in economics and politics. From working as a teacher and then a journalist, he took time to move into the political scene. In 1935, Annadurai finally made his entry into politics by joining the Justice Party. During his career, his party protested several times against famous leaders, including Jawaharlal Lal Nehru. He died of cancer in 1969.