Today in Indian History
Events for August 17

17-August-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.
17-August-1780 Indian Governor General Warren Hastings duel with Francis to settle personal and official quarrels. Francis was wounded but survived.
17-August-1848 Romesh Chunder Dutt, great political leader, writer and social worker, was born.
17-August-1882 Sir Ram Nath Chopra, noted professor of Pharmacology, was born.
17-August-1909 Madanlal Dhingra, famous revolutionary, was hanged at Paintanville Jail for assassinating Wyle and Lal Kaka.
17-August-1911 Y.R. Lokurkar, senior journalist, was born.
17-August-1916 Amritlal Naagar was born.
17-August-1932 V.S. Naipaul, great Indian writer, was born.
17-August-1934 Murasoli Shanmuga Sundram Maran was born in Thirukkuvalai village in Thiruvarur (Tamil Nadu).
17-August-1944 Indian Viceroy Viscount Wavell rejects Gandhi’s request to discuss war support in return for Indian independence.
17-August-1947 The first British troop leaves for England after Indian independence.
17-August-1958 Sir John Hubert Marshal, excavator of Mohan-Jo-Daro and Takshashila, died.
17-August-1970 The first microwave link, which was set up without foreign assistance, was commissioned between Asansol, Dhanbad and Ranchi.
17-August-1985 Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India.
17-August-1986 In the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ case, the Supreme Court rules that “”singing National Anthem is not obligatory
17-August-1992 20 members of the Janata Dal led by Ajit Singh break away from the parent body seeking separate seats in the Lok Sabha.
17-August-1994 Opposition ends Parliament boycott.
17-August-1996 CBI seizes another Rs. 65 lakhs from Sukh Ram’s residence.
17-August-1997 Leander-Mahesh duo wins International ATP doubles in Connecticut.
17-August-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.
17-August-1998 The Government issues a notification banning the use of quinacrine, a controversial female contraceptive and sterilization agent.
17-August-1998 National Human Rights Commission recommends compulsory registration of marriages in a bid to check child marriages

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