This Day in History on 17th February

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 17th February. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Revolution Day (Libya)


Important Events

2008 – Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.
2011 – Arab Spring: Libyan protests against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime begin. In Bahrain, security forces launched a deadly pre-dawn raid on protesters in Pearl Roundabout in Manama, the day is locally known as Bloody Thursday.
2015 – Eighteen people are killed and 78 injured in a stampede at a Mardi Gras parade in Haiti.
2016 – Military vehicles explode outside a Turkish Armed Forces barracks in Ankara, Turkey, killing at least 29 people and injuring 61 others.


Birth/Birth Anniversary

1899 – Jibanananda Das, Bangladeshi-Indian poet and author (d. 1954)



1989 – Chord Overstreet, American actor and singer
1990 – Marianne St-Gelais, Canadian speed skater
1991 – Ed Sheeran, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1991 – Bonnie Wright, English actress, director, and screenwriter
1993 – Nicola Leali, Italian footballer
1993 – Marc Márquez, Spanish motorcycle racer



Death/ Death Anniversary

1986 – Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian-American philosopher and author (b. 1895)


1988 – Karpoori Thakur, Indian educator and politician, 11th Chief Minister of Bihar (b. 1924)

Futher Reading

Month-wise This Day in History