On This Day 17 January

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)