17th January
17th January

This Day in History on 17 January

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 January. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1888 – Babu Gulabrai, Indian philosopher and author (d. 1963)
1917 – M. G. Ramachandran, Indian actor, director, and politician, 5th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (d. 1987)

1923 – Rangeya Raghav, Indian author and playwright (d. 1962)

1945 – Javed Akhtar, Indian poet, playwright, and composer

Death/ Death Anniversary

1951 – Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Indian poet, playwright, and director (b. 1903)

2010 – Jyoti Basu, Indian politician and CM of West Bengal for 23 years (b. 1914)

2014 – Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, Indian spiritual leader, 52nd Da’i al-Mutlaq (b. 1915)

2014 – Sunanda Pushkar, Indian-Canadian businesswoman (b. 1962)


2014 – Suchitra Sen, Indian film actress (b. 1931)

2016 – V. Rama Rao, Indian lawyer and politician, 12th Governor of Sikkim (b. 1935)


2016 – Sudhindra Thirtha, Indian religious leader (b. 1926)

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