This Day in History on 17 June

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

Important Days

  • World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (International)

Important Events

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

1631: Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, died while giving birth to the 14th child. Taj Mahal was built in her memory.

1756: Nawab Sira-ud-Daulah attacked on Calcutta with 50,000 soldiers and captured it on June 21.

1824: Bureau of Indian Affairs established.

1885: Statue Of Liberty arrived in the New York Harbor on the French ship, named Isere.

1917: Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba started living at Hriday Kunj in Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.

1933: The civil disobedience campaign ended

1944: Iceland was declared independent and became a republic.

1947: Burma was adopted as republic by constitution assembly.

1961: India’s first jet aircraft, HAL HF-24 Marut took its first flight. It was a fighter-bomber aircraft.

1967: Nuclear weapons testing: China announced a successful test of its first thermonuclear weapon.

1987: The last of the Dusky Seaside Sparrow died and became extinct.

1991: Bharat Ratna, India’s highest award, was given to Rajiv Gandhi (Posthumous) (1944-1991).

1991: Congress and its allies secure absolute majority in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Haryana Assemblies.

1993: Congress (I) working committee reaffirms its faith in Rao; BJP asks for PM’s resignation .

1994: Twelve opposition legislators in Sikkim resign.

Birthday / Anniversary

Lord William Bentik, governor general of India
Lord William Bentik, governor general of India

1239: Edward I, King of England.

1839: Lord William Bentik, governor general of India, was born.

1887: Dr. Kailas Nath Katju, freedom fighter, politician, leader and Governor of Orissa and West Bengal, was born.

1903: Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, a noted Indian playwright, songwriter, poet, writer, and filmmaker.

Jyotiprasad Agarwal
Jyotiprasad Agarwal

1903: Baburav Vijapure, Music Teacher

1913: Waman Vasudev Chitle (Bal Chitle), the Marathi story writer and editor, was born.

1917: Krishan Kumar Chopra, medical practitioner, and the social worker was born at Lahore.

Leander Paes, Indian tennis player
Leander Paes, Indian tennis player
Shane Watson, Australian cricketer
Shane Watson, Australian cricketer

1942: Bhagat Singh Koshyari, an Indian politician and the Governor of Maharashtra and the Governor of Goa.

1973: Leander Paes, an Indian professional tennis player.

1976: Sona Mohapatra, an Indian singer, music composer, and lyricist.

1981: Shane Watson, Australian cricketer

Death / Death Anniversary

Lord Charles Jhon Canning, Governor-General and Viceroy of India
Lord Charles Jhon Canning,

1631: Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, died while giving birth to the 14th child. Taj Mahal was built in her memory.

1674: Jijabai Shahaji Bhosale, the mother of Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire.

1839: Lord William Bentinck, a British soldier, and statesman. He served as Governor-General of India.

Rani Lakshmibai
Rani Lakshmibai

1858: Rani Lakshmibai

1862: Lord Charles Jhon Canning, Governor-General and Viceroy of India (1856-1862), died.

1895: Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, an Indian social reformer, educationist, and thinker from Maharashtra, India.

Gopal Ganesh Agarkar
Gopal Ganesh Agarkar

1928: Utkalamani Gopabandhu Das, a social worker, reformer, political activist, journalist, poet, and essayist.

1950: Syed Wazir Ali, cricketer (7 Tests for India), passed away.

1965: Motilal, the famous actor, died.

1983: Sharad Pilgaonkar, Film Producer, Director

1991: Prabhakar Machve, famous litterateur, passed away.

1993: K. D. Dharmadhikari (Nana), veteran freedom fighter, died.

1996: Madhukar Dattatraya Deoras, the third Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

2000: Danial Latifi (83), the well-known jurist and senior Supreme Court advocate, died of cancer in New Delhi.

Further Reading

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