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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, 25,048,800 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 ‘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

  • 1807
    Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.
  • 1908
    Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris.
  • 1950
    Hill 303 massacre: American POWs were massacred by North Korean Army.
  • 1979
    Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156.

Who were born on August 17?

  • 1952
    Dr. Mario Theissen, German F1 team principal of BMW Sauber
  • 1968
    Ed McCaffrey, American football player
  • 1974
    Nicola Kraus, American novelist
  • 1977
    Thierry Henry, French footballer
  • 1982
    Mark Salling, American actor

Who died on August 17?

  • 1304
    Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
  • 1673
    Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist (b. 1641)
  • 1901
    Edmond Audran, French composer (b. 1842)
  • 1925
    Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer (b. 1848)
  • 1988
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (b. 1914)

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