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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, 417,480 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 ‘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

  • 1862
    Indian Wars: The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
  • 1943
    World War II: First Québec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.
  • 1998
    Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about the relationship.
  • 2005
    Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh
  • 2009
    An accident at the Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia, Russia, kills 75 and shuts down the hydroelectric power station, leading to widespread power failure in the local area.

Who were born on August 17?

  • 1844
    Emperor Menelek II of Ethiopia (d. 1913)
  • 1941
    Boog Powell, American baseball player
  • 1952
    Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis player
  • 1952
    Nelson Piquet, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1982
    Phil Jagielka, English footballer

Who died on August 17?

  • 1861
    Alcée Louis la Branche, American Politician (b. 1806)
  • 1880
    Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (b. 1810)
  • 1935
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist and writer (b. 1860)
  • 1990
    Pearl Bailey, American singer and actress (b. 1918)
  • 1998
    Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)

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