Today in History – December 17 – India and World is an article designed for competitive examinations such as UPSC and banking examinations where aspirants are asked specific events. Details of such events are usually not asked. However, if anyone intends to study the details, they are easily available online on in history books that have been designed specifically for such competitive examinations. So, instead of wasting time any further, let us take a look into the most important historical events that took place on this day. For the benefit of the students the events are segregated as events in India and events in rest of the world.
What Happened On This Day in History – December 17
Today in History – December 17: “India”
1398: Timur defeated the armies of Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud in Delhi.
1645: Mughal empress Nur Jahan died on this day. She was the empress of Mughal Empire from May 25, 1611 till October 28, 1627. When she died, she was 68 years old.
1740: Shreemant Chimaji Ballal Peshwa popular by the name Chimaji Appa died on this day. He was the general of the Maratha Empire. His greatest achievement was that of liberating India’s western coast from the Portuguese rule.
1905: Mohammad Hidayatullah – India’s 6th Vice President and 11th Chief Justice – was born on this day.
1927: John Saunders – assistant superintendent of police – was killed (shot to death) by revolutionaries Shivaram Rajguru and Bhagat Singh.
1927: Revolutionary Rajendra Nath Lahiri convicted of Kakori Conspiracy Case was hanged by the British Government on this day in the Gonda District Jail.
Today in History – December 17: “World”
1718: During the War of the Quadruple Alliance, war was declared on Spain by Great Britain.
1777: During American Revolution, United States was formally recognized by France.
1790: Aztec calendar stone was discovered on this day.
1807: During Napoleonic Wars, Milan Decree was issued by France, confirming the Continental System.
1903: The first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight was made by Wright Brothers in Wright Flyer at North Carolina’s Kitty Hawk.
1919: Uruguay signed Buenos Aires Copyright Treaty.
1941: During WWII, Japanese forces landed in Northern Borneo.
1947: Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber made its first flight on this day.
1969: Project Blue Book was closed by US Air Force. It was the study of UFOs.
2014: Diplomatic relationships were re-established between Cuba and USA after they were severed in 1960.