Today History – 17th February

Today in Indian History
Events for February 17

17-February-1618 First English Ambassador Sir Thomas Roe returned to England after meeting Emperor Jahangir in his court.
17-February-1670 Shivaji won Singh Garh Fort from Mughals. This victory was on the shoulders of Tanaji who was martyred in this attack. Shivaji proclaimed “”Garh Alaa pan Singh Gela”” which means that Fort was won but the Lion was los
17-February-1698 Aurangzeb fell to Jinjee fort, seat of Maratha power, after eight-year siege.
17-February-1883 Vasudeo Balvant Phadke, great revolutionary, freedom fighter and social reformer, passed away in prison at Aden.
17-February-1907 Henry Olcott, co-founder (Theosophical Society-Madras), passed away.
17-February-1917 Fali Mistry, film director and cameraman, was born in Bombay.
17-February-1918 S. V. Kumaraswamy, cricket Test Umpire for 1 test from 1961-62, was born at Tamil Nadu.
17-February-1931 Viceroy of India Lord Irvin accepted Mahatma Gandhi as leader of people and invited him at Vicregal Lodge (now known at Rashtrapati Bhavan). After the event, Winston Churchill, who later became Prime Minister of Britain, referred Gandhiji as “”the Half-Naked Fakir of Indi
17-February-1948 Gorkha Rifles Battalion Group (INDBATT) unit was re-designated as the 5th Battalion the 8th Gorkha Rifles (the Sirmoor Rifles).
17-February-1968 Dr. Kailas Nath Katju, freedom fighter, politician, leader, Governor of Orissa and West Bengal, passed away.
17-February-1976 New Zealand score their first innings win in Tests vs India.
17-February-1976 Urban Ceilings Act comes into force.
17-February-1980 Indira Gandhi dissolves nine state assemblies led by opposition. She imposed presidential rule in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, U.P., Bihar, Orissa, M.P., Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat.
17-February-1986 Jiddu Krishnamurti, famous Indian philosopher (Kingdom Happiness), passed away at the age of 90 yrs at Ojai, California, USA.
17-February-1991 Krishnabai Mote, famous author and social worker, passed away.
17-February-1992 S. V. Sheshadri, sports journalist, passed away.
17-February-1992 Tripura’s Congress (I) ministry falls as TUJS withdraws support.
17-February-1993 Rani Gaidinliu, freedom fighter, social reformer and political leader, died at her native village in Manipur. The British army made a surprise attack on her position and captured her. On 17th October, 1932, Pandit Nehru once wrote “”A day will come when India will remember her and cherishe he
17-February-1994 Bihar leader Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav and Mizoram’s Dr. C. Silvera inducted into Union Cabinet.
17-February-1994 Former US Congressman Stephan Solarz named Ambassador of India.
17-February-1994 Chimanbhai Patel, chief minister of Gujrat, passed away at the age of 65 years.
17-February-1994 Gopikrishna, internationaly famed ‘Kathtak’ exponent, died at the age of 61 years.
17-February-1997 Notorious criminal Charles Sobhraj released from jail after 20 years, and re-arrested soon after release under Foreigners’ Regional Registration Act.
17-February-1997 Anand finishes sixth in the City of Linares category 19 chess where Kasparov makes in four-in-a-row.
17-February-1998 Delhi-Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy super-league match in Chennai was abandoned owing to pitch tampering.
17-February-1998 Re-poll is ordered in 599 polling stations spread over nine states, following reports of largescale booth capturing. The Election Commission is to probe malpractices in Madhepura, Baghpat and Patna.

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