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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

  • 1811
    Mexican War of Independence: In the Battle of Calderón Bridge, a heavily outnumbered Spanish force of 6,000 troops defeats nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionists.
  • 1893
    The Citizen’s Committee of Public Safety, led by Lorrin A. Thurston, overthrows the government of Queen Liliuokalani of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
  • 1929
    Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
  • 1966
    A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea in the Palomares incident.
  • 1998
    Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.

Who were born on January 17?

  • 1948
    Anne Queffélec, French pianist
  • 1952
    Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1952
    Larry Fortensky, American former husband of Elizabeth Taylor
  • 1968
    Craig Strong, American actor & voice actor
  • 1973
    Liz Ellis, Australian netball captain

Who died on January 17?

  • 1911
    Sir Francis Galton, English polymath, anthropologist, eugenicist (b. 1822)
  • 1952
    Walter Briggs, Sr., American entrepreneur and sports team owner (b. 1877)
  • 1961
    Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1925)
  • 1970
    Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • 1983
    Doodles Weaver, American actor (b. 1911)

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