Today in History India 17 April

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Today’s Historical Events on April 17

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1899, 17th April: Kolkata got hydroelectric power.

1941, 17th April: Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany during World War II.

1946, 17th April: Syria gained independence from France.

1952, 17th April: The first Lok Sabha came into existence.

2003, 17th April: Formation of Indo-UK Parliamentary Forum after 55 years.

2014, 17th April: NASA’s Kepler space telescope confirmed the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.

Famous Birthdays & Birth Anniversaries on April 17

1820: Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr., Known as the father of Baseball.

1897: Nisargadatta Maharaj, a Hindu guru of nondualism.

1912: Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, an Indian novelist and short story writer of Malayalam literature. 

1916: Sirimavo Bandaranaike, a Sri Lankan stateswoman. She was the world’s first female prime minister.

1941: Asaram Bapu, a controversial Indian godman, currently serving a life sentence for the rape of a minor.

1961: Geet Siriram Sethi, an Indian professional player of English billiards.

1966: Vikram, an Indian actor, and playback singer.

1972: Muttiah Muralitharan, a Sri Lankan cricket coach, and former professional cricketer. 

Death Anniversaries of famous people on April 17

1790: Benjamin Franklin, an American researcher, and diplomat.

1882: George Jennings, inventor of the flush toilet.

1946: V. S. Srinivasa Sastri, an Indian politician, administrator, educator, orator, and Indian independence activist.

1975: Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the first vice president and the Second President of India.

1997: Biju Patnaik, an Indian politician. He served twice as the Chief Minister of the State of Odisha.

2004: Soundarya, an Indian actress.

What happened in India on 17 April

Acharya Surdasji, famous poet in Hindi and great devotee of Lord Krishna, was born.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj attacked the Fonda fort and won Karwar.

Srirangapatnam was surrounded by British Army in the fourth and last Mysore war which began in 1798. Tipu Sultan’ was killed in the battle on 4th May. The East India Company announced the Seringapatanam Medal (1799).

Naoomal Jeoomal Makhija, cricketer, pioneer Indian Test opening batsman, Right Arm Bowler and played 3 matches, was born at Karachi.

V.Sp. Manickam, famous Hndi writer, was born at Melasivapuri (Pudukkottai).

Lindsay Anderson, director (Thursday’s Children), was born in Bangalore, India.

Office of Price Administration was formed which handled the rationing of essential commodities.

Gandhiji, in a statement regarding the ensuing San Francisco Conference, says that ‘peace is impossible without equality and freedom of India’. Also demands a just peace for Germany and Japan.

Shri Valangaiman Sankaranarayana Srinivasa Shastri, greatest social reformer, freedom fighter, educationist, politician, master, scholar of Sanskrit and President of India, passed away.

Bellary Raghava, famous actor, social worker, lawyer and dramatist, passed away.

First Lok Sabha was formed. Ananthasaynam Ayyangar, was elected as the first Deputy speaker of Lok Sabha (1952).

Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, India’s second president, died at Madras.

Swatantra Party was merged in Janata Party.

Rohini (RS-D2), placed in orbit, was used for conducting some remote sensing technology studies using a landmark sensor payload. Launched by the second developmental launch of SLV-3.

Gas explodes on passenger train in Kumrahar, India killing 80 people.

Dinkar Gangadhar Kelkar, famous Director of Raja Kelkar Museum, passed away.

Sheila Kaul, H.P. Governor, indicted in house allotment scandal, should be removed from her post, says Supreme Court.

Indian Railways bars AIDS patients from using trains.

Biju Patnaik, 81, Janata Dal leader and important personality in Orissa politics, died.

BJP Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta retains his Lok Sabha seat in the Udhampur-Doda-Kathna constituency defeating National Conference’s Rajinder Kumar Chib by over 50,000 votes.

The Vajpayee Government resigns after it loses the confidence vote in the Lok Sabha by one vote – 269 to 270.

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