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International Students Day is an international observance of student activism across the world that takes place each November 17.
The date for International Students Day was originally chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the day the Nazis stormed the University of Prague, which occurred on November 17, 1939, after massive student demonstrations against the occupation of Czechoslovakia and the killing of medical student Jan Opletal. The storming of the University resulted in the execution of nine student leaders without trial, over 1200 students were sent to concentration camps, and all Czech colleges and universities were closed.
As a result, this date was chosen as International Students Day and has continued to promote student activism worldwide while also honoring such important student demonstration milestones as Kent State, Soweto, Tiananmen Square, the Velvet Revolution, the Umbrella Protests, and more.
Learn more about International Students Day by visiting this in-depth feature article at https://ischoolconnect.com/blog/international-students-day-know-the-reason-behind-celebrating-this-day/.