17 November in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 17 November is the birth anniversary of Yusuf Pathan and Shobhana Samarth.
17 November is also observed as the death anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai, Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray, and Srinivas Kumar Sinha.
17 November in Indian history is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the following personalities:
Shobhana Samarth (17 November 1916 – 9 February 2000), an Indian film actress, director, and producer who began her career from talkie movies in the Hindi film industry and continued in lead roles into the 1950s. She was born on 17 November 1916 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India.
Yusuf Pathan, an Indian former cricketer. Pathan made his debut in first-class cricket in 2001/02. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. His younger brother, Irfan Pathan was also an Indian cricketer. He retired from all forms of cricket in February 2021. Pathan was born on 17 November 1982 in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
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17 November in Indian history is observed as the death anniversary of the following personalities:
Lala Lajpat Rai (28 January 1865 – 17 November 1928), is counted among the great revolutionaries of India. He is also known as ‘Punjab Kesari’, who did not care for his life while facing British Raj power for life. Lalaji was a prominent leader of the Garam Dal of the Indian National Congress and representative of the whole of Punjab. He also got the title of ‘Lion of Punjab’. He started advocacy in Hisar after getting the education of law, but later due to coming in contact with Swami Dayanand, he became a strong supporter of Arya Samaj. It was from here that the feeling of fierce nationalism was awakened in him. Lalaji has got the same place in Punjab, which Lokmanya Tilak has got in Maharashtra. He died on 17 November 1928.
Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray (23 January 1926 – 17 November 2012), a well-known politician from the state of Maharashtra, India. He formed a Hindu nationalist party called Shiv Sena. Balasaheb died on 17 November 2012.
Srinivas Kumar Sinha (1926 – 17 November 2016), an Indian military officer. He was the Lieutenant-General awarded the ‘Param Vishisht Seva Medal’. After his retirement, he served as the Governor of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, and Arunachal Pradesh. He died on 17 November 2016 in Delhi.
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Notable events on 17 November in Indian and World history
17 November 1831 – Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Greater Colombia.
17 November 1869 – James Moore of England won the first 13,000 km long cycle race.
17 November 1869 – The Suez Canal was opened to traffic after ten years of construction work. This canal connects Europe with Asia.
17 November 1902 – Eugene Wigner, a German dramatist, and Nobel Prize Laureate, was born.
17 November 1922 – The former Ottoman sultan Mahmud VI was released to live in exile in Italy.
17 November 1922 – Stanley Cohen, a German dramatist, and Nobel Prize Laureate, was born.
17 November 1932 – The Third Round Table Conference started.
17 November 1933 – The US agreed to trade, recognizing the Soviet Union.
17 November 1939 – The Nazis killed students at Prague University. International Student Day is celebrated on 17 November in memory of those children.
17 November 1966 – India’s Rita Faria won the Miss World title. She was the first Asian woman to become Miss World.
17 November 1970 – The Soviet spacecraft ‘Lunakhod-1’ landed on the lunar surface.
17 November 1993 – The US House of Representatives approved the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
17 November 1999 – UNESCO approved International Mother Language Day.
17 November 2004 – Rameshwar Thakur became the Governor of Orissa.
17 November 2005 – Presidential elections in Sri Lanka were held.
17 November 2006 – The US Senate approved the Indo-US nuclear treaty.
17 November 2009 – T.S. Thakur was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court.
17 November 2012 – At least 50 school students were killed in a train accident near Egypt’s main fault zone.