April 17th History is marked by significant events that have changed the course of history. This date has marked numerous occasions worth remembering. Let’s take a glimpse into the past and explore some of the noteworthy events that have taken place on this day in history.
The 5th game at the World Chess Championships 2023 between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren was worth watching. Ding the Chinese Grand Master came to the match with high spirits after having won the previous game. But Ian bounced back and won Game 5 playing white. He outpaced the Chinese GM with his last move Rook to h6. Talking of Chess, did you know that Chess first appeared in India during the 6th century? Well, that is a story for another day. Today as I see the pages of 17th April history, I find another game was invented in India on this day. It was the game of Snooker and this is the first event that I share with my readers.
Snooker in Jabalpur
On April 17th, 1875, Sir Neville Chamberlain, a British officer stationed in Jabalpur, India, invented the modern snooker. Chamberlain, who was looking for a way to pass the time during the monsoon season, combined elements of billiards and a pyramid pool to create a new game. He named the game “snooker” after a fellow officer with a prominent mustache who was nicknamed “Snooker.”
The game of snooker quickly gained popularity in the British Empire and beyond, with the first official snooker championship held in 1927. Today, snooker is played worldwide and is particularly popular in the United Kingdom, China, and other parts of Asia.
Chamberlain’s invention of snooker is a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of individuals even in the most unlikely of circumstances. His invention has brought joy and entertainment to countless people over the past century and a half and will undoubtedly continue to do so for generations to come.
Now let’s talk about another significant event from the pages of history….
1983 India entered the space age by launching the SLV-3 rocket
On April 17, 1983, India successfully launched its first indigenous satellite, the Rohini satellite, into orbit using the Satellite Launch Vehicle-3 (SLV-3) rocket. This achievement marked India’s entry into the space age and made it the sixth country in the world to develop its satellite launch vehicle.
The launch took place at the Sriharikota Range (SHAR) on the east coast of India, and the SLV-3 rocket was developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The rocket was 22 meters tall and weighed 17 tons, and it had three stages. The first stage was powered by four solid fuel boosters, while the second and third stages used liquid fuel engines.
The Rohini satellite, which weighed 35 kilograms, was placed in a polar orbit at an altitude of 400 kilometers. It was primarily designed to conduct experiments in X-ray astronomy and solar physics, and it had a lifespan of around 17 months.
The successful launch of the SLV-3 rocket was a significant milestone for India’s space program and demonstrated its capability to develop and launch satellites on its own. Since then, India has made remarkable progress in the field of space technology, including the development of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), which have been used to launch various satellites into orbit.
Today, India is a major player in the global space industry, with its space program contributing to various fields, including remote sensing, weather forecasting, communication, navigation, and scientific research.
With this, I come to an end of some of the significant events from the pages of history on this day. But before I say goodbye, join me in remembering Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai the great Malayalam novelist and storyteller on his birth anniversary. We also wish Geet Sethi an extremely talented billiards player.
What's Your Reaction?
A devoted foodie with keen interest in wild life, music, cinema and travel Somashis has evolved over time . Being an enthusiastic reader he has recently started making occasional contribution to write-ups.