On This Day 17 November

Important Days

World Prematurity Day

International Students’ Day

Martyrs’ Day (Orissa, India)

Important Events

2013 – A rare late-season tornado outbreak strikes the Midwest. Illinois and Indiana are most affected with tornado reports as far north as lower Michigan. In all around six dozen tornadoes touch down in approximately an 11-hour time period, including seven EF3 and two EF4 tornadoes.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1920 – Gemini Ganesan, Indian actor and director (d. 2002)

1982 – Yusuf Pathan, Indian cricketer

Death/ Death Anniversary

1928 – Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author and politician (b. 1865)

1973 – Mirra Alfassa, French-Indian spiritual leader (b. 1878)

2003 – Surjit Bindrakhia, Indian singer (b. 1962)

2012 – Ponty Chadha, Indian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1957)

2012 – Bal Thackeray, Indian cartoonist and politician (b. 1926)