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What are the important events that happened on August 17? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 17 is the 229th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 136 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 4, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 417,480 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaicosaenneagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 186 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,700 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 17 Historical Events

  • 986
    A Byzantine army is destroyed in the pass of Trajan’s Gate by the Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Samuel and Aron. The Byzantine emperor Basil II narrowly escaped.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville – Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
  • 1943
    World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission.
  • 1947
    The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.
  • 2004
    The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.

Who were born on August 17?

  • 1911
    Martin Sandberger, German military officer (d. 2010)
  • 1948
    Rod MacDonald, American musician
  • 1952
    Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis player
  • 1953
    Judith Regan, American book publisher
  • 1978
    Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)

Who died on August 17?

  • 1657
    Robert Blake, British admiral (b. 1599)
  • 1971
    Maedayama Eigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 39th Yokozuna (b. 1914)
  • 1973
    Conrad Aiken, American author (b. 1889)
  • 1987
    Gary Chester, Italian studio drummer (b. 1924)
  • 2006
    Shamsur Rahman, Bangladeshi poet, columnist and journalist (b. 1929)

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