Today in India and World History: January 17

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

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

List of Important Historical events of 17th January:

  • 1342: Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1363-1404), born in Pontoise, France (d. 1404)
  • 1463: Frederick III [Frederick the Wise], Elector of Saxony (1486-25) who protected his subject Martin Luther, born in Torgau, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1525)
  • 1484: George Spalatin, German humanist, reformer and important figure in the Reformation, born in Spalt, Bavaria (d. 1545)
  • 1501: Leonhard Fuchs, German physician and botanist (Notable Commentaries on the History of Plants) for which the flowering plants and color Fuchsia is named after, born in Wemding, Bavaria (d. 1566)
  • 1504: Pius V [Antonio Ghislieri], Italian Pope (1566-72) who excommunicated Elizabeth I of England and arranged the formation of the Holy League (Battle of Lepanto), born in Bosco, Duchy of Milan (d. 1572)
  • 1517: Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of Johannes)
  • 1545: Antonio Pace, Italian composer (d. 1581)
  • 1560: Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (d. 1624)
  • 1574: Robert Fludd, English composer, born in Bearsted (d. 1637) baptismal date
  • 1600: Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, born in Madrid (d. 1681)
  • 1612: Thomas Fairfax, Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary general
  • 1657: Pieter van Bloemen, [Standaart], Flemish painter, baptized
  • 1659: Antonio Veracini, composer
  • 1683: Gerard van Loon, Dutch historian
  • 1686: Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (d. 1766)
  • 1706: Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father, inventor, ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)

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