This Day in History on 17 October

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

Important Days

Digital Society Day (India)

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on 17 October promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide.

Important Events

1979: Mother Teresa of Calcutta awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

1994: Kapil Dev’s final one-day international (vs West Indies).

2008: Sachin Tendulkar becomes the highest run-scorer ever in test cricket beating Brian Lara’s record and passing 12,000 runs against Australia in Mohali.

2018: India’s junior foreign minister MJ Akbar is highest official to resign in #MeToo case after sexual harassment accusations by numerous women.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian philosopher
Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian philosopher

1817: Syed Ahmad Khan was an Islamic pragmatist, Islamic reformer, and philosopher.

1859: Keshavlal Dhruv was a research scholar, philologist, critic.

1892: R. K. Shanmukham Chetty was an Indian lawyer, economist and politician who served as independent India’s first finance minister.

1941: Sarita Joshi, Indian stage, television and film actress.

Anil Kumble, Indian cricketer
Anil Kumble, Indian cricketer

1947: Simi Garewal, Indian actress and a talk show hostess.

1955: Smita Patil was an Indian actress of film, television and theatre.

1957: Hemant Gupta, Judge of Supreme Court of India.

1965: Sanjay Kapoor, Indian film actor and producer.

1970: Anil Kumble, former Indian cricketer, coach, and commentator, who played Tests and ODIs for 18 years.

1973: Bhagwant Mann, Indian politician.

Keerthy Suresh, Indian actress
Keerthy Suresh, Indian actress

1986: Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi, Indian film actress.

1992: Keerthy Suresh, Indian film actress who appears in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films.

1992: Pranitha Subhash, Indian film actress who appears in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil language films.

Death/ Death Anniversary

Kannadasan Indian author
Kannadasan Indian author

1981: Kannadasan was a Tamil philosopher, poet, film song lyricist, producer, actor, script-writer, editor, philanthropist.

1993: Vijay Bhatt was a producer-director-screenwriter of Hindi cinema, who made such films as Ram Rajya.

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History