This Day in History: March 17

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March 17

History is an unavoidable part of our life. History’s influence is inescapable so much so that it has played a crucial role in shaping our lives. Our civilization stands in its present form because of the history that took the course. Therefore much understanding of our society comes from the study of history. In this blog, we bring to you a list of events that took place on March 17.

What Events Happened in India on March 17?

  • 1882 – Vinushashtri Chiplunkar
    Vishnushastri Chiplunkar, a prolific Marathi writer and icon of Marathi prose passed away on this day.
  • 1959 – Dalai Lama seek refuge in India
    The spiritual leader of Tibet Dalai Lama fled to India to escape the wrath of the Chinese Army.
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1985 – Dattu Phadkar
An all-rounder, an Indian cricketer represented India in test cricket.

Historical Events That Happened Around the World on March 17

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  • 45 – Battle of Munda
    Julius Caesar defeated the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
  • 180 – Marcus Aurelius
    Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius died leaving his son Commodus aged 18 as sole emperor.
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  • 432 – St Patrick’s Day
    Saint Patrick, aged about 16 was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland.
  • 1521 – Ferdinand Magellan
    Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines on this day.
  • 1861 – Italy unified
    Italy is unified into a single kingdom under Victor Emmanuel II following the campaigns led by Giuseppe Garibaldi.
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  • 1905 – Einstein’s quantum theory of light
    Albert Einstein completed his scientific paper detailing his Quantum Theory of Light, one of the foundations of modern physics.
  • 1921- Lenin’s economic policy
    On this day, Lenin proclaimed New Economic Politics.
  • 1932 – Raid at the Nazi headquarters
    German police raided Adolf Hitler’s Nazi headquarters.
  • 1950 – Gaston Eyskens
    Belgian government of Gaston Eyskens resigned due to a constitutional crisis.
  • 1960 – Formation of anti-Castro exile
    US President Eisenhower forms an anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA.
  • 1969 – Golda Meir
    Golda Meir becomes Israel’s 4th Prime Minister, the first and only female to hold the office.
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  • 1973 – The opening of New London bridge
    Queen Elizabeth II opened the new London Bridge on this day.
  • 2013 – Pope Francis
    Pope Francis delivers his first Angelus prayer and blessing.

List of Important Birthdays

  • 1834 – Gottlieb Daimler
    German engineer who invented the motorcycle was born on this day.
  • 1856 – Joseph Baptista
    Indian politician and activist associated with Lokmanya Tilak and the home rule movement was born on this day.
  • 1910 – Bayard Rustin
    American civil rights leader Bayard Rustin was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • 1922 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
    The founding father and the 1st president of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born on this day.
  • 1990 – Saina Nehwal
    Professional badminton player and former world champion was born on this day.

This was all about the significant events that mark 17th March. We hope you enjoyed reading this blog. Stay tuned to Leverage Edu for more such informative reads and click here to check out our latest series on ‘Her Purpose‘ for International Women’s Month 2021!

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