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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, 412,392 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 ‘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

  • 1608
    Emperor Susenyos of Ethiopia surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 men.
  • 1852
    The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
  • 1929
    Inayatullah Khan, king of the Emirate of Afghanistan abdicates the throne after only three days into his reign.
  • 1945
    The Nazis begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.
  • 1991
    Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V.

Who were born on January 17?

  • 1484
    George Spalatin, German reformer (d. 1545)
  • 1828
    Eduard Remenyi, Hungarian violinist (d. 1898)
  • 1887
    Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
  • 1923
    Carol Raye, Australian actress
  • 1949
    Mick Taylor, British musician (The Rolling Stones)

Who died on January 17?

  • 1598
    Feodor I of Russia (b. 1557)
  • 1936
    Mateiu Caragiale, Romanian author (b. 1885)
  • 2003
    Balint Vazsonyi, Hungarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • 2005
    Virginia Mayo, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    Zhao Ziyang, Former Premier of the People’s Republic of China (b. 1919)

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