This Day in History on 17 December

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 17 December. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1927 – Indian revolutionary Rajendra Lahiri is hanged in Gonda jail, Uttar Pradesh, India, two days before the scheduled date.


1928 – Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinate British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab, to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police. The three were executed in 1931.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1556 – Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana, Pakistani-Indian poet (d. 1627)

1910 – Eknath Easwaran, Indian-American educator and author (d. 1999)

1914 – Mushtaq Ali, Indian cricketer (d. 2005)

1978 – Riteish Deshmukh, Indian film actor, producer and architect

Death/ Death Anniversary

1927 – Rajendra Lahiri, Indian activist (b. 1892)

Futher Reading

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