Today in History, 17 January: Key Events that Shaped the World and Nation

Important Events on January 17th

Jan 17, 2024 - 02:01
Today in History, 17 January: Key Events that Shaped the World and Nation
January 17th in History: Key Events that Shaped the World and Nation

Important Events on January 17th

1595 - King Henry IV of France declared war against Spain.

1601 - Mughal Emperor Akbar entered the impregnable fortress of Asirgarh. France reached a settlement with Spain, acquiring the regions of Bresse, Bugey, Valromey, and Gex.

1757 - Germany declared war against Prussia.

1852 - Britain recognized the independence of Transvaal in South Africa.

1863 - Civil War erupted in Virginia, United States.

1895 - French President Casimir Perier resigned.

1913 - Raymond Poincaré was elected President of France.

1941 - Subhas Chandra Bose secretly left British India for Germany.

1945 - Soviet forces entered Warsaw, the capital of Poland, during the final days of World War II.

1946 - The first meeting of the United Nations Security Council took place.

1948 - Netherlands and Indonesia reached an agreement to end their conflict.

1961 - Patrice Lumumba, the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was assassinated by the country's new military rulers.

1976 - The European Space Agency launched the Harms rocket.

1979 - The Soviet Union conducted a nuclear test.

1980 - NASA launched Fltsatcom-3.

1985 - Indian cricketer Azharuddin scored his second Test century against England.

1987 - Tata Football Academy was inaugurated.

1989 - Colonel Jeetendra Kumar Bajaj became the first Indian to reach the North Pole.

1995 - A 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Japan resulted in the death of 5,372 people.

2002 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell visited India, expressing support for India on the issue of terrorism.

2007 - Australian cricketer Michael Bevan retired from international cricket.

2008 - The Indian government approved a plan of Rs 1800 crore to provide jobs to the disabled. A new species of palm tree was discovered in Madagascar.

2009 - Secretary-General of the Indian Olympic Association, Randhir Singh, resigned from his position.

2010 - The Supreme Court of India defined the proactive definition of the right to self-defense in situations of illegal attack, stating that law-abiding citizens need not act as cowards in such circumstances. The two-member bench laid down 10 principles for the right to self-defense, emphasizing that a person cannot be made a criminal in such situations, even if they have caused fatal injury to the assailant.

2013 - 33 people were killed in a series of bomb explosions in Iraq.

2020 - The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched the communication satellite GSAT-30 through the Ariane-5 launch vehicle from the European Space Agency. The launch took place at approximately 2:35 AM IST, marking ISRO's first mission of 2020. The satellite was placed in orbit about 38 minutes and 25 seconds after the launch.

Births on January 17th

1863 - Konstantin Stanislavski, the Russian theatre practitioner who revolutionized modern stage performance.

1888 - Babu Gulabrai, renowned Indian litterateur, essayist, and humorist.

1908 - L. V. Prasad, successful filmmaker, producer-director, and actor in Indian cinema.

1920 - Nazim Hikmat, a revolutionary poet in Turkey.

1923 - Ranganatha Ramachandra, Indian Hindi literature writer.

1917 - M.G. Ramachandran, politician and actor in Tamil Nadu.

1941 - Mahavir Saran Jain, a distinguished author.

1945 - Javed Akhtar, screenplay writer and lyricist in Hindi films.

Deaths on January 17th

2020 - Bapu Nadkarni, former Indian cricket player.

2010 - Jyoti Basu, prominent Indian Marxist politician.

2014 - Suchitra Sen, renowned Indian film actress.

1951 - Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, noted Assamese poet, freedom fighter, and film producer.

1930 - Gauhar Jaan, Indian singer and dancer.

Significant Anniversaries and Festivals on January 17th

International Film Festival Day (10 days)

National Road Safety Week (January 11th - January 17th)

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