What are the important events that happened on August 17? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
August 17: Facts & Myths About This Day
August 17 is the 229th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 136 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 4, 2019 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,566,000,000 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 ‘dihectaicosaenneagon’ day.
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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 161 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 2,430 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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August 17 Historical Events
Indian Wars: The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville – Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
World War II: The Royal Air Force begins Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the Operation Crossbow strategic bombing campaign against Germany’s V-weapon programme.
World War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156.
Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
Who were born on August 17?
Nicola Porpora, Italian composer (d. 1768)
Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest (d. 1849)
Reggie Duff, Australian cricketer (d. 1911)
Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
Gary Talley, American musician (Box Tops)
Michael Malthouse, Premiership winning Australian football coach
John Marshall Jones, American actor
Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
Kristin Holt, American television personality
Dee Brown, American basketball player
Who died on August 17?
Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
Anne Lefèvre, French scholar (b. 1654)
Alcée Louis la Branche, American Politician (b. 1806)
Pedro Figueredo, Cuban poet, musician, and freedom fighter of the 19th century (b. 1818)
Madan Lal Dhingra, Indian Revolutionary (b. 1883)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist and writer (b. 1860)
Happy Felsch, American baseball player best known for his involvement in the Black Sox Scandal
Shamsur Rahman, Bangladeshi poet, columnist and journalist (b. 1929)
Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
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