August 17 in History – What happened on 17 August in Past

17 August - Today in History - Important historical events happened on this day in India and World History

According to Gregory calendar, on August 17, the day number in a year is 229 and if it is a leap year then the day number is 230. August 17 has a special significance in India and world history, because many such incidents have occurred on this day which have been recorded forever in the pages of history. Let's know some such important events which will increase your general knowledge. The facts collected will be as follows: People born on this day, demise of famous people, war treaty, freedom of any country, invention of new technologies, change of power, important National and International Day etc.

August 17 in History - Top Historical Events

YearEvent / Incidence / Incident
986Byzantine–Bulgarian Wars-The Bulgarians defeated theByzantine forces at the Gate of Trajan near present-day Ihtiman, withByzantine Emperor Basil II barely escaping.
1560The Scottish Parliament adopted a Protestant confession offaith to initiate the Scottish Reformation and disestablishingCatholicism as the national religion.
1563King Charles Navam of France was declared an adult at the age of 13.
1676The Battle of Halmstad was fought at Fyllebro and was the lastbattle in Halland between Denmark and Sweden.
1807Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat, the world's firstcommercially successful paddle steamer, went into service on the HudsonRiver in New York.
1807The North River Steamboat, Robert Fulton's first American steamboat, was abandoned in New York City, Albany on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat boat service in the world.
1832China ended production of iron shuriken.
1836Registrations relating to birth, marriage and death were accepted in the UK Parliament.
1858First bank opened in the American province of Hawaiian Islands.
1859The letters were sent for the first time through a hot air balloon. \
1869The first international ferry race took place at the River Thames in London, in which Oxford defeated Harvard.
1870Mrs. Esther Morris became the first US Women's Magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming).
1903Joseph Pulitzer donated one million dollars to Columbia University. Pulitzer Prize was instituted in his name.
1904Chris Watson resigned as Prime Minister of Australia and George Reid succeeded him
1908Fantamagori made Emily Kohl the first fully animated film.
1915American Jew Leo Frank was lynched by a mob of prominentcitizens in Marietta, Georgia, for the alleged murder of a 13-year-oldgirl.
1926In Jamaica, the Producers Association was rewarded with 1,250 pounds from a special fund of 1 million pounds designated to them. Britain thought of increasing the manufacturing of fruit from its empire, and trade between the mother country and the colonies.
1943Second World War-The Royal Air Force began a strategic bombing campaign against Nazi Germany's V-weapon programme by attacking the Peenemünde Army Research Center.
1945Animal Farm, British author George Orwell's satirical allegoryof Soviet to talitarianism, was first published.
1945Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaimed the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
1947A commission led by Cyril Radcliffe established the RadcliffeLine, the border between India and Pakistan after the Partition ofIndia.
1947After the independence of India, the first contingent of the British army went home.
1950Korean War-A North Korean Army unit massacred 42 Americanprisoners of war so that they would not slow the North Koreans down.
1956Germany banned the Communist Party.
1959Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, one of the best selling and mostcritically acclaimed jazz recordings of all time, was released.
1970The United States dumped 418 containers of neural gas in the Gulf Stream near the Bahamas.
1977The Soviet icebreaker NS Arktika became the first surface shipto reach the North Pole.
1978For the first time, three Americans successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean via balloon.
1980Two-month-old Australian Azaria Chamberlain was taken from herfamily's campsite at Uluru by a dingo, for which her mother would beconvicted of murder.
1982The first CD compact disc in Germany) was made available to the public.
1982First compact disc CD) production started in Germany.
1984Peru became the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
1988Pakistan's President Zia-ul-Haq and US Ambassador Arnold Raphael died in an air crash.
1990170 South Africans were killed due to tribal disputes that lasted 5 days. Police stopped the Zulus who were displaying axes and spears. The Zulus were fighting with the Xhosases, whose leader was Nelson Mandela.
1993For the first time, people were allowed inside London's Buckingham Palace
1998U.S. President Bill Clinton admitted in taped testimony that hehad an 'improper physical relationship' with White House intern MonicaLewinsky.
1998The merger of Nations Bank and Bank of America led to the founding of America's largest bank.
1999An earthquake of 7.4-magnitude trembles the city of Izmit in northwestern Turkey, which is one of the most populated areas of the country, killing more than 17,000 people and hundreds of thousands more left injured or homeless. This is the worst earthquake that has affected Turkey, and even the city of Istanbul that was over 50 miles away.
1999An earthquake in Turkey killed about 45000 people.
2005The Zotob computer worm is the reason behind various computer crashes around the world. The worm only affects PCs using Windows 2000, and initial versions of Windows XP, cause them to shut down and reboot repeatedly.
2006Tungurahua, an active volcano in Ecuador, explodes, expelling pyroclastic flows, shooting out harmful ash approximately six kilometers into the air, and causing the clearing out of thousands of people.
2008Iran sends into orbit a rocket that is capable of conveying a satellite successfully. The launch troubled the international community as Iran was thought to be operating on a nuclear program for weapons purposes, and the success of the launch could be a sign regarding Iran’s ability to launching nuclear weapons.
2008America's greatest swimmer became the first player to win eight gold medals during an Olympic sport.
2009A turbine at Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia, Russia, broke apart violently, flooding the power station, causing wide spread power failures, and killing 75 people.
2010Archaeologists in Afghanistan find the antiques of a Buddhist site south of the capital Kabul.
2011The Roman Catholic Archdiocese has been accused of being involved in 3 sexual harassment cases for which 3 lawsuits have been filed.
2012A rare spider was found in 2010, and is thought of as an entire different category, the Trogloraptoridae. The single species will be named Trogloraptormarchingtoni, after Neil Marchington, a deputy sheriff, amateur biologist and local cave explorer who first found the species.
2014Picketers rob an Ebola quarantine center in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, causing the 17 patients to flee, and also the stealing of bloodstained bedding and medical equipment.



Famous Birthdays of August 17:

YearName / Profession / Country
1940Barry Sheerman / Politician / United Kingdom
1946Patrick Manning / Politician / Trinidad and Tobago
1971Shaun Rehn / Footballer / Australia
1954Andrés Pastrana Arango / Politician / Colombia
1958Maurizio Sandro Sala / Racing Car Driver / Brazil
1929Francis Gary Powers / Pilot / United States of America
1941Lothar Bisky / Politician / Germany
1964Colin James / Singer / Canada
1954Eric Johnson / Writer / United States of America
1982Cheerleader Melissa / Wrestler / United States of America
1877Ralph McKittrick / Golfer / United States of America
1966Don Sweeney / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
1896Leslie Groves / Engineer / United States of America
1921Geoffrey Elton / Academic / United Kingdom
1965Dottie Pepper / Golfer / United States of America
1863Gene Stratton-Porter / Author / United States of America
1924Evan S. Connell / Poet / United States of America
1943Edward Cowie / Painter / United Kingdom
1960Sean Penn / Actor / United States of America
1980Daniel Güiza / Footballer / Spain
1986Tyrus Thomas / Basketball Player / United States of America
1888Monty Woolley / Actor / United States of America
1977William Gallas / Footballer / France
1984Garrett Wolfe / Footballer / United States of America
1996Jake Virtanen / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
1984Oksana Domnina / Dancer / Russia
1893Mae West / Actress / United States of America
1972Habibul Bashar / Cricketer / Bangladesh
1977Thierry Henry / Footballer / France
1934João Donato / Pianist / Brazil

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