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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
8/17/1761 William Carey, the first English missionary to India, was born. He taught at the newly founded Fort William College at Calcutta from 1801 till his death and helped found the Serampore Press, which made the Bible accessible to over 300 million people.
8/17/1780 Indian Governor General Warren Hastings duel with Francis to settle personal and official quarrels. Francis was wounded but survived.
8/17/1848 Romesh Chunder Dutt, great political leader, writer and social worker, was born.
8/17/1882 Sir Ram Nath Chopra, noted professor of Pharmacology, was born.
8/17/1909 Madanlal Dhingra, famous revolutionary, was hanged at Paintanville Jail for assassinating Wyle and Lal Kaka.
8/17/1911 Y.R. Lokurkar, senior journalist, was born.
8/17/1916 Amritlal Naagar was born.
8/17/1932 V.S. Naipaul, great Indian writer, was born.
8/17/1934 Murasoli Shanmuga Sundram Maran was born in Thirukkuvalai village in Thiruvarur (Tamil Nadu).
8/17/1944 Indian Viceroy Viscount Wavell rejects Gandhi's request to discuss war support in return for Indian independence.
8/17/1947 The first British troop leaves for England after Indian independence.
8/17/1958 Sir John Hubert Marshal, excavator of Mohan-Jo-Daro and Takshashila, died.
8/17/1970 The first microwave link, which was set up without foreign assistance, was commissioned between Asansol, Dhanbad and Ranchi.
8/17/1985 Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India.
8/17/1986 In the Jehovah's Witnesses' case, the Supreme Court rules that ""singing National Anthem is not obligatory"".
8/17/1992 20 members of the Janata Dal led by Ajit Singh break away from the parent body seeking separate seats in the Lok Sabha.
8/17/1994 Opposition ends Parliament boycott.
8/17/1996 CBI seizes another Rs. 65 lakhs from Sukh Ram's residence.
8/17/1997 Leander-Mahesh duo wins International ATP doubles in Connecticut.
8/17/1997 I K Gujral, Prime Minister, said that Queen Elizabeth should not go to Amritsar, scene of Jallianwalla Bagh massacre, during her visit to India in October.
8/17/1998 The Government issues a notification banning the use of quinacrine, a controversial female contraceptive and sterilization agent.
8/17/1998 National Human Rights Commission recommends compulsory registration of marriages in a bid to check child marriages.


Other Historical Dates and Events
3/10/1999Lok Sabha approves the Patents (Amendment) Bill 1999, by a voice vote.
7/9/1873Henry Albert John Gidney, greatest leader and politician, was born in Igatpuri, Maharashtra.
3/16/1912Gandhiji commends Gokhale's attempts for abolition of indenture system.
1/12/1993Police firing at 15 places in Bombay; four foreign militants arrested.
8/1/1986Amnesty scheme for evaders of taxes announced.
3/9/1897Fans start calling the team 'Indians' (in 1915 it became official).
6/17/1913Waman Vasudev Chitle (Bal Chitle), Marathi story writer and editor, was born.
7/7/1905Six Language penel were started on the Rs. five denomination again. The printing colour of note changed to Red with Special text mentioned, 'At any office of issue not situated in Burma'.
7/24/1993Vajpayee elected leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha.
11/1/1961First passenger Plane flight AVRO HS748.