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Today In Indian History - Historical Events of India

DateEvent Name
05/17/1498 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.
05/17/1540 Sher Shah defeated Humayun for the second time at Hardoi in U.P. in the battle of Kanauj.
05/17/1775 Marathas were badly mauled in the battle of Arras by Col. Keating in the first Anglo - Maratha war.
05/17/1857 Bahadhur Shah II declared as the emperor of India.
05/17/1865 Raobahadur Govind Sakharam Sardesai `Riyasatkar' was born.
05/17/1873 Hindi daily 'Bharat Mitra' started from Calcutta.
05/17/1887 Ranglal Bandopadhyay, Bengali poet, essay-writer and journalist, passed away.
05/17/1897 Dhirendra Varma, famous linguist, was born.
05/17/1916 Gurusiddappa Sivappa, great industrialist, was born at Bangalore.
05/17/1927 A.N. Radhakrishnan, great educationist, was born.
05/17/1949 India decided with only one dissent vote to remain within the Commonwealth of Nations.
05/17/1957 Nehru, who went to Ceylon to celebrate the 2,500th anniversary of the founding of Buddhism, calls for an end to nuclear tests.
05/17/1974 Durgadas, famous Indian journalist, passed away.
05/17/1976 4 Indians successfully skied down from the slope of Trishul peak.
05/17/1980 V. S. Kumar Anandan sets record of balancing on one foot for continuous 33 hrs.
05/17/1991 Prabhakar Machve, great litterateur, passed away.
05/17/1992 Import of 106 life-saving drugs and 37 equipments allowed.
05/17/1992 R. Venkataraman, President, leaves for a six-day visit to China.
05/17/1993 Ravi Naik, Goa CM, resigns; Dy. CM Wilfred D'Souza elected to succeed.
05/17/1993 Visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres signs an MOU with his Indian counterpart to end nearly 4 decades of inactivity in bilateral relation.
05/17/1994 Nar Bahadur Bhandari voted out in Sikkim; Sikkim Sangram Parishad leader Sanchaman Limboo takes over as CM.
05/17/1995 Three North Eastern States removes restricted area permits (RAP).
05/17/1996 Four members (Sange Sherpa, Hira Ram, Tashi Ram, Nadre Sherpa) of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police expedition climb Mount Everest from the Chinese side.
05/17/1996 Rusi Modi, cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), passed away.
05/17/1997 Two workers belonging to Mamsapuram near Srivilliputtur ''burnt alive'' at neighbouring Edayankulam by its residents who took them hostage.
05/17/1998 US President Bill Clinton wants India and Pakistan to sign CTBT.
05/17/1999 Sonia Gandhi resigns as Congress president but the CWC(I) rejects it.
05/17/2000 The Union Cabinet clears a proposal for setting up a new appellate tribunal for foreign exchange following the repeal of the FERA and the enactment of FEMA in its place.


Other Historical Dates and Events
11/30/1974India, Pakistan decide to end the ten-year trade ban.
06/19/1997Indian Prime Minister and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, spoke for first time on restored hotline, to reiterate their committment to comprehensive dialogue, including Kashmir.
04/17/1941Office of Price Administration was formed which handled the rationing of essential commodities.
08/10/1860Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, the great architect of the renaissance of Hindustani music and who played a vital role in giving re-birth to North Indian classical music, was born at Balukeshwar, Maharashtra.
06/24/1980Varahagiri Venkata Giri, former president of India, died at Madras.
09/08/1962Chinese army infiltrated in the north-east border of India exceeding the Mac-Mahon line (Tibet-India boundary). This was the first ocassion of Chinese infiltration.
03/21/1966Indian Remote Sensing Satellite (IRS-P3) placed into polar orbit. This carries remote sensing payload and an X-ray astronomy payload. Launched by third developmental flight of India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-D3) which is for launching 1,000-1,200 kg class of remote sensing satellites into polar sun-synchronous orbit. Still in service.
11/15/1621Jahangir captured Kakda Fort.
05/25/1996DMK-led coalition ministry headed by R.V. Janakiraman sworn in Pondicherry.
09/22/1988PM announces Government's decision to drop Defamation Bill.