This Day in History on 17th May

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

Important Days:

  • World Hypertension Day
  • Norwegian Constitution Day
World Information Society Day

World Information Society Day (International)

Important Events:

1498: Admiral Dom Vasco-da-Gama (c.1469-1524)-I, Portuguese navigator, arrived in India. He sailed around the Cape of Good Hope to Calicut, Kerala with three vessels and was the first Westerner to sail to India from Europe. (17 or 20).

1540: Sher Shah defeated Humayun for the second time at Hardoi in U.P. in the battle of Kanauj.

1775: Marathas were badly mauled in the battle of Arras by Col. Keating in the first Anglo – Maratha war.

1782: Treaty of Salbai signed on 17th May 1782

1857: Bahadhur Shah II was declared emperor of India.

1873: Hindi daily ‘Bharat Mitra’ started from Calcutta.

1949: India decided with only one dissent vote to remain within the Commonwealth of Nations.

1976:4 Indians successfully skied down from the slope of Trishul peak.

1992: Import of 106 life-saving drugs and 37 types of equipment allowed.

1995: Three North Eastern States remove restricted area permits (RAP).

1999: Sonia Gandhi resigns as Congress president but the CWC(I) rejects it.

Birthday / Anniversary:

Edward Jenner, English physician and microbiologist
Edward Jenner, English physician and microbiologist


1749: Edward Jenner, English physician and microbiologist (d. 1823)

1865: Raobahadur Govind Sakharam Sardesai `Riyasatkar’ was born.

1897: Dhirendra Varma, a famous linguist, was born.

1916: Gurusiddappa Sivappa, a great industrialist, was born at Bangalore

1927: A.N. Radhakrishnan, a great educationist, was born.

Death / Death Anniversary:

1887: Ranglal Bandopadhyay, Bengali poet, essay writer and journalist, passed away.

1974: Durgadas, a famous Indian journalist, passed away.

1991: Prabhakar Machve, a great litterateur, passed away.

2007: T. K. Doraiswamy, Indian poet and author (b. 1921)

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History

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