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International Students' Day: 17 November

Published on November 17, 2023
Current Context: International Students’ Day is celebrated every year on November 17. This day marks the right of students to access resources available for a better education.
International Students' Day: 17 November
  • It also commemorates the courage and sacrifice of the students who protested against the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939.
  • The origin of this day goes back to October 28, 1939, when students of the Medical Faculty at Charles University in Prague held a demonstration to commemorate the anniversary of the independence of the Czechoslovak Republic.
  • The Nazis brutally suppressed the gathering, resulting in the death of a student named Jan Opletal.
  • His funeral procession on November 15 turned into an anti-Nazi demonstration, which provoked the Nazi authorities to take drastic measures.
  • They closed all Czech higher education institutions, arrested more than 1,200 students, and executed nine student leaders and professors without trial on November 17.
  • They also sent many students to concentration camps, where some of them died.

Question:

Q.1 When was the first observance of International Students’ Day?
a. 1939
b. 1941
c. 1945
d. 1950
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