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

January 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 17 is the 17th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 348 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 1,484,611,200 seconds 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 ‘heptadecagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 11 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 1,488 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 17 Historical Events

  • 1873
    A group of Modoc warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War.
  • 1945
    World War II: Soviet forces capture the almost completely destroyed Polish city of Warsaw.
  • 1946
    The UN Security Council holds its first session.
  • 1983
    The tallest department store in the world, Hudson’s, flagship store in downtown Detroit closes due to high cost of operating.
  • 1996
    The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.

Who were born on January 17?

  • 1600
    Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish playwright (d. 1681)
  • 1882
    Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (d. 1946)
  • 1948
    Jim Ladd, American freeform (radio format) Disc Jockey
  • 1968
    Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer
  • 1980
    Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist

Who died on January 17?

  • 1861
    Lola Montez, Irish-born adventurer (b. 1821)
  • 1947
    Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French Archbishop of Quebec (b. 1883)
  • 1970
    Billy Stewart, American singer (b. 1937)
  • 1992
    Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    Charlie Bell, Australian fast food executive (b. 1960)

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