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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.


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