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Historical Events - August 17
1936 : British parliament accepts registration of birth, marriage and death.
1945 : Indinesia gained independence from Netherland.
1947 : Radcliffe line, border between India and Pakistan was revealed.
1953 : First meeting of Narcotic Anonymous took place in south California.
1988 : President of Pakistan Mohammad Zia ul Haq and U S ambassador Arnold Rafel were killed in a plane crash.
1999 : A massive earthquake hit northwestern Turkey, killing more than 14000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands without homes and essential services.
2005 : American swimmer Michael Phelps became the first person to win eight gold medals at one Olympic game.
Famous Birthdays – August 17
: Muhammad Shah, Mughal Emperor of India.
: Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI. Indian sixth Nizam of Hyderabad.
: Jiang Zemin, Chinese engineer and politician, former general secretary of the communist party of china,
: V S Naipaul, Trinidadian writer and novelist.
: Y Venugopal Reddy, Former Governor of Reserve bank of India.
: Robert de Niro, American Actor. Star of many films including , and .
: Larry Ellison, American businessman, co-founder of Oracle Corporation.
: S. Shankar. One of the of Indian Cinema.
: Emperor Go-Fukasuka of Japan.
: Jose de San Martin, An Argentine military commander who ruled all over southern America. Considered and Argentina.
: Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Utopian feminist and civil rights leader.
: Mohammad Zia ul Haq, former president of Pakistan.
: Shamsur Rehman, Bengali Poet.
: Pandit Jasraj, an Indian classical vocalist, belonging to the Mewati gharana.