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, 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

  • 69
    After the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor.
  • 1555
    After 18 months of siege, Siena surrenders to the Florentine-Imperial army. The Republic of Siena is incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    Brazilian forces liberate the town of Montese, Italy, from German Nazi forces.
  • 1964
    Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air.
  • 1969
    Czechoslovakian Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubček is deposed.
  • 1975
    The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.
  • 1986
    The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends.

Who were born on April 17?

  • 1586
    John Ford, English dramatist
  • 1798
    Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (d. 1840)
  • 1878
    Emil Fuchs, German-born American attorney and baseball owner (d. 1961)
  • 1918
    William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1942
    Kenas Aroi, Nauruan politician
  • 1967
    Timothy Gibbs, American actor
  • 1968
    Prince Maurits of the Netherlands
  • 1974
    Victoria Beckham, English singer (Spice Girls)
  • 1984
    Jed Lowrie, American baseball player
  • 1995
    Paulie Litt, American actor

Who died on April 17?

  • 485
    Proclus, Greek philosopher (b. 412)
  • 617
    Donnán of Eigg, Celtic Christian martyr, patron saint of Eigg
  • 1960
    Eddie Cochran, American musician (b. 1938)
  • 1988
    Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (b. 1900)
  • 1996
    Piet Hein, Danish scientist and poet (b. 1905)
  • 2003
    Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Scott Brazil, American television producer and director. (b. 1955)
  • 2007
    Gil Dobrică, Romanian singer (b. 1946)
  • 2008
    Danny Federici, American organ player (E-Street Band) (b. 1950)
  • 2011
    Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)

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