17 August (TODAY IN HISTORY) Collected facts include the people born today, the death of famous persons, war conflicts, freedom of any country, the invention of new technology, change of power, important national and international day etc.
Important events of 17 August
- Kalmar Union was established in 1397 between Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
- Doping was crowned king of France in 1429.
- The Jews were expelled from Belgium in the Ghent area of Belgium.
- The Netherlands, England and France signed a 12-year contract in 1609.
- England, Portugal and France signed the coup in 1712
- Nawab Sirajuddaula invaded Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1756 with 50 thousand soldiers.
- The Battle of Bunker Hill defeated the American Continental Army in 1775.
- In 1799 Napoleon Bonaparte included Italy in his empire.
- Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, the heroine of Indian independence war, was martyred in 1858.
- The gift of the French Statue of Liberty reached the port of New York in 1885.
- Navy Hospital Corp in the United States was founded in 1898.
- Mahatma Gandhi made his residence in the heart of the Sabarmati Ashram in 1917.
- In 1917 George V changed his family’s name to Windsor. Before this royal
- The German royal family was known as the ‘Saxe Coburg and Gotha’.
- The Soviet Union ended diplomatic relations with China in 1929.
- Japan announced the war against China in 1938.
- Iceland got independence from Denmark in 1944
- Germany surrendered in World War II in 1944.
- Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia signed the Security Treaty in 1950.
- In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court banned the necessary reading of the Bible in schools.
- China, the world’s fourth country with a hydrogen bomb, was built in 1967.
- The operation of kidney transplantation for the first time in Chicago happened in 1970.
- In the UK Parliament, 11 people were injured in a bomb blast in 1974.
- In the 1974 bomb blast in London Tower, 41 people were injured.
- In Cairo, Egypt, 14 people were killed in a conflict between Muslims and Christians in 1981.
- FIFA World Cup football started in Chicago in 1994.
- North Korea agreed to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to remain in their country in 1994.
- 1999 World Cup semi-final match between Australia and South Africa Australia reached the final due to the better run rate in the group stage.
- Lechev Zuma da. Appointed as Vice President of Africa, in view of the ongoing battle in Kargil, ISI Kargil Jihad Fund was founded in 1999.
- The US Consulate in Karachi was reopened in 2002.
- In 2003, 165 Iranian terrorists arrested in France.
- On Mars, there were found stones similar to the earth’s rocks in 2004.
- 42 dead and 127 wounded in bomb blast in army recruitment centre in Baghdad.
- ‘Tazas’, a light combat aircraft developed in the country, will be successfully tested in 2008.
- Saina Nehwal became the Indonesian Open champion for the third time in 2012.
- In the history of Egypt, for the first time in the 2012 general elections, elections were held.
- China’s “Shanko-9” spacecraft succeeded in reaching a fixed orbit after launch in 2012.
- In 2012, the Taliban praised India on its English website ‘Voice of Jihad’, saying that the soil of Afghanistan will not be allowed to be used against it.
- Gunmen in 2015 in a church in South Carolina, USA, killed nine people.
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Born on 17 August
- Leander Paes, India’s best tennis player, was born in 1973.
- Hindi movie actress Amrita Rao was born in 1981.
- The famous politician and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kailash Nath Katju, was born in 1887.
- The best American female tennis player Venus Williams was born in 1980.
- Jyoti Prasad Agrawal, a famous freedom fighter, freedom fighter and film producer of Assam, was born on June 17, 1903.
Died on 17 August
- Mumtaz Mahal passed away in 1631, daughter of Asaf Khan, whose marriage came from the Mughal emperor ‘Khurram’ (Shahjahan).
- Rajmata Jijabai died on June 17, 1674.
- The famous social worker Gopal Ganesh Agarkar died in 1895.
- Lord Kenning, the first Viceroy and efficient statesman of India died in 1862.
- Veerangana Rani Laxmibai passed away in 1858, the first Indian freedom struggle of 1857.
- Independence Warfighter and writer Latekar Goprandu Das passed away on June 17, 1928.
- Famous actor Motilal dies in 1965.
National/International Holidays and Observations List
- Men’s Grooming Day
- Black Cat Appreciation Day
- Thrift Shop Day
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