It is not unusual for us to lean on to our past from time to time to take some important lessons so that we can create a better future for ourselves. Sometimes, we just need some information for a seemingly blunt purpose like an exam. Whatever the reason be, taking a peek into historical events often becomes necessary. This is article titled, Today in History – November 17 – India and World, we will present to you some hand-curated historical events that seriously impacted our present and will perhaps, in some way or the other, influence our future as well. So, let us begin…
What Happened On This Day in History – November 17
Today in History – November 17: “India”
1525: Babur invaded India successfully on his 5th attempt. Came to India through Sindh.
1579: The first Jesuit Mission led by Rudolf Acquavia set out for Akbar’s court on this day.
1915: In Pune’s Talegaon prison, Vishnu Gopal Pingle was hanged for organizing a rebellion among Indian army.
1928: The Lion of Punjab – Lala Lajpat Rai – succumbed to his injuries inflicted by barbarous lathi charge by the British. He died in Lahore at the age of 63.
1932: In London, the Third Round Table Conference started. Congress members did not attend the conference. The conference came to an end on November 24, 1932 but nothing was achieved through the conference.
1995: LCA or Light Combat Aircraft – built indigenously by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore – was rolled out of the assembly hanger on this day. It was a single-engine tailless aircraft.
2012: Bal Thakeray – founder of Shiv Sena – died on this day.
Today in History – November 17: “World”
1558: Beginning of the Elizabethan Era when Elizabeth I of England took over as Queen of England following the death of her half-sister – Queen Mary I of England.
1796: In the Battle of the Bridge of Arcole during the French Revolutionary Wars, Austrians were defeated by the French forces in Italy.
1800: First session of the United States Congress was held in Washington D.C.
1810: Anglo-Swedish War begins with Sweden declaring war on her ally United Kingdom. No fighting ever took place.
1831: Venezuela and Ecuador separate out from Gran Colombia
1869: Suez Canal was inaugurated in Egypt. The canal linked the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
1885: Battle of Slivnitsa – a decisive battle during Serbo-Bulgarian War begins. Bulgaria won the battle.
1903: Russian Social Democratic Labour Party split into Mensheviks and Bolsheviks. Mensheviks is the Russian word for minority while Bolsheviks stands for majority.
1933: Recognition of Soviet Union by United States.
1939: Responding to anti-Nazi demonstrations, 9 Czech students were executed. The demonstration was prompted by Jan Opletal’s death. Following the demonstration, all Czech Universities were shut down and some 1,200 students were sent to concentration camps. The day is today celebrated as International Students’ Day.
1970: Lunokhod 1 was landed by Soviet Union on Moon’s Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) as part of the Luna Programme.