What are the important events that happened on May 17, 1997? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 17, 1997: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 17, 1997 is the 137th day of the year 1997 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 228 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 4, 1997 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 239,952 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 ‘hectatriacontaheptagon’ day.

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If a person born on this day saved a Penny every day starting at age 4, then by now that person has accumulated $54.61. (Assuming this person is still alive today.)

Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

Ox is the mythical animal and Fire is the element for this person if we consider the very old art of Chinese astrology.

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May 17, 1997 Historical Events

  • 1997
    Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa. Zaire is officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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