What happened this day in history April 17

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, 1,587,081,600 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 ‘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

  • 1080
    King of Denmark Harald III dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized.
  • 1521
    Martin Luther speaks to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.
  • 1524
    Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.
  • 1907
    The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
  • 1912
    Russian troops open fire on striking goldfield workers in northeast Siberia, killing at least 150.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
  • 1949
    At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland.
  • 1961
    Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
  • 1970
    Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
  • 2006
    Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70.

Who were born on April 17?

  • 1849
    William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1923)
  • 1910
    Evangelos Averoff, Greek politician (d. 1990)
  • 1917
    Bill Clements, American politician
  • 1940
    Billy Fury, British singer (d. 1983)
  • 1947
    Linda Martin, Irish singer
  • 1955
    Pete Shelley, British musician
  • 1965
    William Mapother, American actor
  • 1972
    Jennifer Garner, American actress
  • 1976
    Alex Nesic, American actor
  • 1980
    Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer/boxer

Who died on April 17?

  • 617
    Donnán of Eigg, Celtic Christian martyr, patron saint of Eigg
  • 1680
    Kateri Tekakwitha, first American Indian to receive beatification (b. 1656)
  • 1761
    Thomas Bayes, English mathematician
  • 1843
    Samuel Morey, American inventor (b. 1762)
  • 1882
    George Jennings Sanitary engineer (b. 1810)
  • 1902
    Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (b. 1822)
  • 1921
    Manwel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (b. 1860)
  • 1954
    Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
  • 1987
    Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • 1998
    Linda McCartney, American designer and photographer (b. 1941)

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