Today in History – 17 April

today in history 17 april

1479

Acharya Surdasji, famous poet in Hindi and great devotee of Lord Krishna, was born.

1675

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj attacked the Fonda fort and won Karwar.

1799

Srirangapatnam was surrounded by British Army in the fourth and last Mysore war which began in 1798. Tipu Sultan’ was killed in the battle on 4th May. The East India Company announced the Seringapatanam Medal (1799).

1815

Heavy eruptions of the Tambora volcano in Indonesia are letting up by this day in 1815. The volcano, which began rumbling on April 5, killed almost 100,000 people directly and indirectly. The eruption was the largest ever recorded and its effects were noted throughout the world.

1926

Chandrashekhar, eighth Prime Minister of India, was born.

1941

Office of Price Administration was formed which handled the rationing of essential commodities.

1945

Gandhiji, in a statement regarding the ensuing San Francisco Conference, says that ‘peace is impossible without equality and freedom of India’. Also demands a just peace for Germany and Japan.

1946

Shri Valangaiman Sankaranarayana Srinivasa Shastri, greatest social reformer, freedom fighter, educationist, politician, master, scholar of Sanskrit and President of India, passed away.

1952

First Lok Sabha was formed. Ananthasaynam Ayyangar, was elected as the first Deputy speaker of Lok Sabha (1952).

1970

Apollo 13, a U.S. lunar spacecraft that suffered a severe malfunction on its journey to the moon, safely returns to Earth.

1975

Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, India’s second president, died at Madras.

1977

Swatantra Party was merged in Janata Party.

1983

Rohini (RS-D2), placed in orbit, was used for conducting some remote sensing technology studies using a landmark sensor payload. Launched by the second developmental launch of SLV-3.

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