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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, 24,743,520 minutes 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

  • 1899
    The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1903
    El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
  • 1998
    Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.
  • 2002
    Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
  • 2008
    British Airways Flight 38 crash lands just short of London Heathrow Airport in England with no fatalities. It is the first complete hull loss of a Boeing 777.

Who were born on January 17?

  • 1871
    Nicolae Iorga, Romanian writer (d. 1940)
  • 1927
    Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (d. 2008)
  • 1956
    Paul Young, English musician
  • 1961
    Maia Chiburdanidze, Georgian Chess grandmaster
  • 1977
    Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter/actor

Who died on January 17?

  • 1751
    Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (b. 1671)
  • 1911
    Sir Francis Galton, English polymath, anthropologist, eugenicist (b. 1822)
  • 1970
    Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • 1996
    Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
  • 2010
    Michalis Papakonstantinou, Greek politician and author (b. 1919)

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