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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

  • 1287
    King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca.
  • 1524
    Giovanni da Verrazzano sets sail westward from Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1899
    The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1913
    Raymond Poincaré is elected President of France.
  • 1977
    Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in Utah, ending a ten-year moratorium on Capital punishment in the United States.

Who were born on January 17?

  • 1902
    Nâzım Hikmet, Turkish poet (d. 1963)
  • 1933
    Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist (d. 1998)
  • 1968
    Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
  • 1969
    Naveen Andrews, British actor
  • 1981
    Scott Mechlowicz, American actor

Who died on January 17?

  • 1972
    Betty Smith, American writer and singer (b. 1896)
  • 1991
    King Olav V of Norway (b. 1903)
  • 1998
    Junior Kimbrough, American bluesman (b. 1930)
  • 2003
    Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2008
    Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)

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