Wondering where to find the historical events that took place on this day? This article called Today in History – February 17 – India and World is designed exactly for that. It provides all the important historical events in both India and rest of the world that took place on this very day (that is February 17). The article is written with aspirants of competitive exams like UPSC, SSC etc. in mind. So, without wasting time any further, let us take a look at the events that took place in India and rest of the world.
What Happened On This Day in History – February 17
Today in History – February 17: “India”
1618: British Ambassador to Emperor Jahangir – Thomas Roe, left for England from India on this day.
1670: Tanaji won the Singhagarh Fort from the Mughals for Shivaji. However, Tanaji lost his life in the process.
1698: After a 8-year long siege on the Jinjee Fort held by the Marathas, Aurangzeb managed to capture it.
1883: Vasudeo Balwant Phadke – a renowned freedom fighter from India – died on this day at the Aden Jail.
1915: For the first time Gandhi visited Shantiniketan.
1931: Gandhi was received by Lord Irwin in Delhi’s Viceregal Lodge for the very first time as leader of masses.
1976: Urban Ceilings Act came into force on this very day.
1980: Assemblies of 9 states were dissolved on this day by Indira Gandhi.
1993: Rani Gaidinliu (born in Nungkao, Manipur) – a renowned freedom fighter – died on this day.
Today in History – February 17: “World”
1814: The Battle of Mormant took place on this day. It was a battle that was fought during the War of the Sixth Coalition.
1819: The Missouri Compromise is passed by the United States House of the Representatives for the first time.
1854: Independence of Orange Free State was recognized by United Kingdom.
1863: A group of citizens of Geneva founded the International Committee for Relief of the Wounded on this very day. The organization later became popular as the International Committee of the Red Cross.
1864: During American Civil War, H. L. Hunley became world’s first submarine to not engage and then sink a warship. The warship was USS Housatonic.
1867: The first ship crossed through the Suez Canal.
1871: During Franco-Prussian War when the Siege of Paris ended, the victorious Prussian army marched through Paris, France.
1944: During WWII, the Operation Hailstone was commenced on this day when US Navy, Air Force, Army and Submarines attacked the Truk Lagoon. The Lagoon was Japan’s main base in Central Pacific. The operation was a support for Eniwetok invasion.
1959: Vanguard 2 – the first weather satellite was launched on this day under Project Vanguard. The satellite was meant to measure cloud-cover distribution.
1979: Sino-Vietnamese war started on this day.