Events, Births, Deaths occured on December 17

Historical Events

1928 - Freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinated British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab in response to the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police.

Famous Births

1910 - Eknath Easwaran, a spiritual teacher, an author of books on meditation and a translator and interpreter of Indian literature was born in Kerala.

1924 - Gopalan Kasturi, a journalist who served as the Editor of The Hindu from 1965 to 1991, was born in Madras, British India.

1972 - Bollywood hero John Abraham was born in Mumbai. After modeling for numerous advertisements and companies, he made his film debut with Jism in 2003.

1978 - Bollywood hero Riteish Deshmukh was born in Mumbai. He is the son of the late politician Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Famous Deaths

1927 - Freedom fighter Rajendranath Lahiri was hanged to death in Gonda jail of Uttar Pradesh two days before the scheduled date.

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