This Day in History on 17 July

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

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

Important Days

World Day for International Justice (International)
World Emoji Day (International)

Important Events

1802: First printing in Modi script.

1947: The Indian passenger ship SS Ramdas was destroyed by a storm in Mumbai, killing 625 people.

1948: Women in India were considered eligible to be admitted to all public services including IAS and IPS.

1950: India’s first plane crashed in Pathankot.

1955: Walt Disney launched Disneyland in California.

1995: Forbes magazine named Microsoft founder Bill Gates as the world’s richest person.

2000: Bharatanatya Shikharmani Award announced to actress and dancer Vaijayantimala Bali.

2007: TAM Airlines Flight 3054, an Airbus A320, crashes into a warehouse after landing too fast and missing the end of the São Paulo–Congonhas Airport runway, killing 199 people.

2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a Boeing 777, crashes near the border of Ukraine and Russia after being shot down. All 298 people on board are killed.

2014: A French regional train on the Pau-Bayonne line crashes into a high-speed train near the town of Denguin, resulting in at least 25 injuries.

2015: At least 120 people are killed and 130 injured by a suicide bombing in Diyala Governorate, Iraq.

2018: 12 new moons are discovered orbiting Jupiter

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1915: Bijon Bhattacharya, Indian actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1978)

1917: Bijon Bhattacharya, an Indian theatre and film actor.

Bijon Bhattacharya

1923: John Cooper, a co-founder of the Cooper Car Company.

1930: Baburao Bagul, a Marathi writer from Maharashtra, India.

1941: Bharathiraja, an Indian film director.

1957: Admiral Sunil Lanba, the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy.

1969: Ravi Kishan, an Indian actor, politician, and television personality.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1790: Adam Smith, a Scottish economist, and philosopher.

Marsha Singh

1835: U Tirot Sing, one of the chiefs of the Khasi people.

1992: Kanan Devi, an Indian actress, and singer.

2012: Marsha Singh, Indian-English politician (b. 1954)

2020: C. S. Seshadri, an Indian mathematician.

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History