What are the important events that happened on April 17? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
April 17: Facts & Myths About This Day
April 17 is the 108th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 258 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 4, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,451,360 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 ‘hectaoctagon’ day.
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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 301 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 2,674 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 17 Historical Events
After the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor.
After 18 months of siege, Siena surrenders to the Florentine-Imperial army. The Republic of Siena is incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
Russian troops open fire on striking goldfield workers in northeast Siberia, killing at least 150.
World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
Brazilian forces liberate the town of Montese, Italy, from German Nazi forces.
Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air.
Czechoslovakian Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubček is deposed.
The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.
The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends.
Who were born on April 17?
John Ford, English dramatist
Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (d. 1840)
Emil Fuchs, German-born American attorney and baseball owner (d. 1961)
William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)
Kenas Aroi, Nauruan politician
Timothy Gibbs, American actor
Prince Maurits of the Netherlands
Victoria Beckham, English singer (Spice Girls)
Jed Lowrie, American baseball player
Paulie Litt, American actor
Who died on April 17?
Proclus, Greek philosopher (b. 412)
Donnán of Eigg, Celtic Christian martyr, patron saint of Eigg
Eddie Cochran, American musician (b. 1938)
Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (b. 1900)
Piet Hein, Danish scientist and poet (b. 1905)
Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
Scott Brazil, American television producer and director. (b. 1955)
Gil Dobrică, Romanian singer (b. 1946)
Danny Federici, American organ player (E-Street Band) (b. 1950)
Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
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