This Day in History – April 17

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April 17

As Jodi Picoult once said ‘History isn’t about dates and places and wars. It’s about the people who fill the spaces between them’. Keeping this sentiment alive, let’s unravel this day in history – April 17 and see what historical events changed our lives forever.

What Happened in India on April 17?

Indira Gandhi, Radhakrishnan, Jawaharlal Nehru
The Indian Express

1975: Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the President of India died on April 17, 1975. He was the second President and the First Vice President of India. 

1983: Fourth Satellite Launch Vehicle 
ISRO’s first experiment with the Satellite Launch Vehicle began in August 1979 with SLV mission of April 17, 1983, was a huge success.

1990: Gas Explosion on Train
A train caught fire on April 17, 1990, and killed over 80 people and injured several people in India. This tragedy was a result of a cylinder explosion on the train.

2007: Incheon defeated Delhi
Incheon, city of South Korea defeated Delhi, India on April 17, 2007, and won the right to host the famous Asian Games in 2014.

What Happened Around the World on April 17?

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1524: New York Bay Discovered
Giovanni Verrazano, the Italian explorer, backed by the King Francis of France to explore the east coast of North America. He was the first explorer to discover the New York Bay in North America.

1895: Treaty of Shimonoseki
The treaty of Shimonoseki was between China and Japan and marked the end of the first Sino-Japanese War. China was defeated in the first war which resulted in the signing of the agreement.

1941: Invasion of Yugoslavia Ended
The invasion of Yugoslavia led by the German-led forces ended on April 17 after an armistice was signed; Yugoslavia surrendered and occupied by the Axis Powers.

1945: Prime Minister of Empire of Vietnam
Tran Trong Kim, a historian was the first and last Prime Minister of the Empire of Vietnam. A state established with the support of Imperial Japan. 

1961: Bay of Pigs Invasion
The Bay of Pigs Invasion was an operation led by the CIA to invade communist-ruled Cuba. The operation was to overthrow the Fidel Castro government and establish a US-friendly regime.

1969: Kennedy Assassin was Convicted
In the famous court hearing of the People of the California vs Sirhan Sirhan was found guilty and sentenced to death via gas chamber for killing the president of United States of America on April 17, 1969. 

1975: Fall of Phnom Penh
On April 17, 1975, Phnom Penh, the capital of the Khmer Republic by the Khmer Rouge. The fall of the capital city marked the end of the Cambodian Civil War.

2010: Kohat bombings 
The Kohat Bombings was an infamous attack on the internally displaced people in the city of Kohat in Pakistan. The bombing killed and injured several people and was condemned across the world.

2011: Game of Thrones First Season Premiered
The HBO series Game of Thrones first season premiered on this day, April 17, for the first time. The show has 7 seasons and it is based on the novels written by George R. R. Martin.

2011: Thor Premiered in Sydney
The movie Thor premiered for the first time in Syndey on April 17, 2011. It was directed by Kenneth Branagh and starred Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.

2013: Same-Sex Marriage legalised in New Zealand
Same-Sex Marriage was legalised in New Zealand on April 17, 2013. The law came into effect on August 19, 2013, and the bill was passed with a majority in the New Zealand House of Representatives. 

2014: Gabriel Marquez Death Anniversary
The famous Colombian novelist died on April 17, 2014, in Mexico City, Mexico. He is famous for writing best-selling books like Love in the Time of Cholera and Hundred Years of Solitude. 

Famous Birthdays

  • J.P Morgan
    The American banker and financier was born on this glorious day in history in 1837. He studied at the University of Gottingen and is known for establishing the famous company J. P Morgan and Co.
  • Jennifer Garner
    The American actress and producer was born on April 17, 1972, in Texas, United States. She is famous for her roles in movies like Pearl Harbour, Yes Day and 13 Going on 30.
  • Victoria Beckham
    Victoria Beckham, the famous fashion designer, singer, actress was born on April 17, 1974. The fashion designer was a part of a famous musical girl band called the Spice Girls.

This was all about April 17! From signing treaties to movie premieres, every day is an exciting adventure for people across the world. Follow Leverage Edu to get more educational content and fun quizzes!

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