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
King of Denmark Harald III dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized.
Martin Luther speaks to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.
Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.
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.
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.
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.
Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
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?
William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1923)
Evangelos Averoff, Greek politician (d. 1990)
Bill Clements, American politician
Billy Fury, British singer (d. 1983)
Linda Martin, Irish singer
Pete Shelley, British musician
William Mapother, American actor
Jennifer Garner, American actress
Alex Nesic, American actor
Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer/boxer
Who died on April 17?
Donnán of Eigg, Celtic Christian martyr, patron saint of Eigg
Kateri Tekakwitha, first American Indian to receive beatification (b. 1656)
Thomas Bayes, English mathematician
Samuel Morey, American inventor (b. 1762)
George Jennings Sanitary engineer (b. 1810)
Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (b. 1822)
Manwel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (b. 1860)
Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
Linda McCartney, American designer and photographer (b. 1941)
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