August 17 History

August is the eighth month of the year in our modern-day Gregorian calendar. In older versions of the ancient Roman calendar, August was the sixth month of the year. August was previously called Augustus Caesar in Latin as it was the sixth month in the ancient Roman calendar. It became the eighth month when January and February were added to the calendar.

August was originally Augustus mensis, the sixth month of the year in the Roman calendar and consisted of 31 days. Its name was changed during the Julian calendar reform in 45 BCE to honour Julius Caesar.

According to Gregory calendar, the day number is 365 in a year and if it is a leap year then the day number is 366. August 17 has its own special significance in India and world history.

In modern times, August has 31 days. It is considered the busiest time for tourism because it falls in the main school summer holiday period.

The page contains not only Important historical events but also famous birthdays and deaths each day. Search what happened today in Indian history and world history.

Here you will find some important events that happened today in India and world History on August 17. Read on to know more about this day.

List of Important Historical events of 17 August:

  • 1560: The Scottish Parliament adopted a Protestant confession to introduce Catholicism as a Scottish Reformation and national religion.
  • 1563: King Charles Navam of France was declared an adult at the age of 13.
  • 1676: The Battle of Halmstead was fought at Phelbro and the last took place in Holland between Denmark and Sweden.
  • 1807: 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.
  • 1807: The world’s first commercially successful paddle steamer Robert Fulton’s North River steamboat went into service in New York’s Hudson River.
  • 1832: China finishes production of iron shuriken.
  • 1836: Registration of birth, marriage and death was accepted in the British Parliament.
  • 1858: The first bank opened in the American province of the Hawaiian Islands.
  • 1859: For the first time letters were sent through a hot air balloon. ‘
  • 1869: The first international ferry race took place at the River Thames in London, in which Oxford defeated Harvard.
  • 1870: Mrs Esther Morris became the first US Women’s Magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming).
  • 1903: Joseph Pulitzer donated one million dollars to Columbia University. Pulitzer Prize was instituted in his name.
  • 1904: Chris Watson resigned as Prime Minister of Australia and George Reid succeeded him
  • 1908: Phantamagori made Emily Kohl the first fully animated film.
  • 1915: American Jewish Leo Frank was praised by a crowd of eminent people in Marietta, Georgia for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl.
  • 1926: In Jamaica, the Producers Association was awarded £ 1,250 from a £ 1 million special fund designated to him. Britain thought of increasing the manufacture of fruits from its empire, and trading between the mother country and the colonies.
  • 1943: World War II-Royal Air Force launches strategic bombing operations against the V-weapons program of Nazi Germany by attacking the Peenemunde Army Research Center.
  • 1945: Animal Farm, a satirical metaphor by British author George Orwell, Soviet totalitarianism, was published.
  • 1945: Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta declare Indonesia independence, which ignores the Indonesian national revolution against the Dutch Empire.
  • 1947: A commission led by Cyril Radcliffe established the Redcliffe Line, the border between India and Pakistan, after the partition of India.
  • 1956: Germany bans Communist Party.
  • 1959: Blue of Kind by Miles Davis was one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed jazz recordings of all time.
  • 1970: The United States dumped 418 containers of neural gas in the Gulf Stream near the Bahamas.
  • 1977: Soviet icebreaker NS Araktika became the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.
  • 1978: For the first time three Americans successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean via balloon.
  • 1980: Two-month-old Australian Azaria Chamberlain is taken from her family camp by a dingo from Ularu, for which her mother will be convicted of murder.
  • 1982: In Germany, the first CD (Compact Disc) was made available to the public.
  • 1982: The first compact disc (CD) production began in Germany.
  • 1984: Peru became the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
  • 1988: Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq and US Ambassador Arnold Rafael die in an air crash.
  • 1990: 170 South Africans died due to 5 days of tribal disputes. Police stopped the Zoolas who were showing axes and spears. The Zoolas were fighting alongside the Xhosases, led by Nelson Mandela.
  • 1993: For the first time, people are allowed inside London’s Buckingham Palace
  • 1998: The merger of Nations Bank and Bank of America led to the formation of America’s largest bank.
  • 1998: US President Bill Clinton admitted in taped testimony that he had an ‘inappropriate physical relationship’ with White House intern Monikavelski.
  • 2008: America’s greatest swimmer became the first player to win eight gold medals during an Olympic sport.
  • 2008: Iran sends a rocket into orbit capable of successfully carrying a satellite. The launch upset the international community as Iran was thought to be working on a nuclear program for weapons purposes, and the launch’s success may be indicative of Iran’s ability to launch nuclear weapons.
  • 2009: A turbine violently broke off at the Sayano-Shushenseya Dam in Khakassia, Russia, flooding the power station, causing widespread power failure and killing 75 people.
  • 2010: archaeologists in Afghanistan find antiquities at a Buddhist site south of the capital Kabul.
  • 2011: The Roman Catholic Archives have been accused of involvement in 3 sexual assault cases, for which 3 lawsuits have been filed.
  • 2012: A rare spider was found in 2010, and is considered to be in a completely different category, trogloreptoride. The single species would be named Trogloreportermaringtoni after Neil Marchington, a deputy sheriff, amateur biologist and local cave explorer who first found the species.
  • 2014: Picketters rob an Ebola quarantine centre in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, causing 17 patients to flee, and also theft of hemorrhagic beds and medical equipment.

Famous birthdays and birth anniversaries on this day

  • 1916: Amritlal Nagar, who was most famous as a novelist in the literary world, was born.
  • 1941: The twenty-first governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Vo. V. Reddy was born in
  • 1941: Bimal Jalan, the twentieth governor of the Reserve Bank of India, was born.
  • 1961: Anamika, a well-known Hindi language poet, was born.

Death anniversaries of famous people in India and the world

  • 1909: Madanlal Dhingra died.
  • 1949: Pulin Bihari Das, a great freedom lover and revolutionary, died.
  • 1982: Father Kamil Bulk, a famous litterateur, who was born in the village of ‘Rumskapelle’ in the Belgian state of Flanders, died.

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