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17th March - A Day in the life of India

Learn about the importance of 17th March in the history of India. Major historical events on this day, Famous Birthdays on this day and Death Anniversaries on this day.

17th March in the history of India

  • 1959 – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.

Famous Birthdays on March 17

  • 1990 – Saina Nehwal, Indian badminton player
  • 1975 – Puneeth Rajkumar, Indian actor, singer, and producer
  • 1962 - Kalpana Chawla was an American astronaut, engineer, and the first woman of Indian origin to go to space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the spacecraft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Chawla is regarded as a national hero in India. (Kalpana Chawla died on February 1, 2003)
  • 1912 – Manohar Aich, Indian bodybuilder and Mr. Universe (d. 2016)
  • 1864 – Joseph Baptista, Indian engineer, lawyer, and politician (d. 1930)

Death Anniversaries on March 17

  • 1527 – Rana Sanga, Indian ruler (b. 1482)


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