Historical importance of 17th May: From Birthdays to historical events, things that you can’t miss!

What all happened on this day in history


Remembering the dates and names of people while studying history has always been a difficult task for students. We often take history far granted our present has been shaped by all the events which have happened in the past. Here are more historical events happened this day.

Indian historian Govind Sakharam Sardesai born

Born on May 17, 1865, in Maharashtra, Govind Sakharam Sardesai was a historian from Maharashtra, India. His book Riyasats was written in Marathi, Sardesai had written 1,000 years of Indian history until 1848 in it. His three-volume history of Maharashtra shows a detailed account of historical events in Maharashtra. In 1957 government of India honored him Padma Bhushan.

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Indian Singer Pankaj Udhas

 Born on May 17, 1951, in Gujrat, Pankaj Udhas started his music career as a Ghazal singer. He made his debut album Aahat, soon after his success, he started singing songs for Bollywood. In 2004, he was honored with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, by the Government of India.

Indian Actress Nushrat Bharucha

Born on May 17, 1985, Nushrat Bharucha is a Bollywood actress. She made her debut in Kal Kissne Dekha in 2009.

1769 George Washington criticizes taxation without representation

George Washington started a legislative salve at Great Britain’s attempt to maintain its control over the American colonies. With an aim on protesting the British policy of “Taxation without representation” Washington introduced a set of Non-important resolutions before the Virginia House of Burgesses.

1885 Apache leader flees Arizona

On May 17, 1885, Apache leader Geronimo breaks out of Arizona reservation. In two years, he breaks out from the reservation two times. Geronimo was very famous because he was the last American Indian who officially surrendered before America.

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1940 Germany Invades Europe

On May 17, 1940, Germany took control over Belgium, Brussel and continued its march to invade France.

1973 Televised Watergate hearing started 

Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United states of America, who is infamous for Watergates scandal which had been exposed by two journalists. The Senate chooses Committee headed by Senator Sam Ervin, on Presidential Campaign Activities. On May 17, 1973, the televised hearing of the escalation of Watergates began. The scandal led to Nixon’s resignation.

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