What happened this day in history August 17

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 230th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 136 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 4, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,597,622,400 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 ‘dihectatriacontagon’ 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 179 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 2,796 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 17 Historical Events

  • 1883
    The first public performance of the Dominican Republic’s national anthem, Himno Nacional.
  • 1907
    Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, opened.
  • 1914
    World War I: Battle of Stalluponen – The German army of General Hermann von François defeats the Russian force commanded by Pavel Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.
  • 1943
    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.
  • 1953
    Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • 1962
    East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall.
  • 1969
    Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage.
  • 1970
    Venera Program: Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).
  • 2004
    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.
  • 2005
    The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.

Who were born on August 17?

  • 1887
    Marcus Garvey, Jamaican-born Black rights activist (d. 1940)
  • 1929
    Jimmy Donley, American singer (d. 1963)
  • 1930
    Glenn Corbett, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1943
    Robert De Niro, American actor
  • 1949
    Sib Hashian, American musician (Boston)
  • 1952
    Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis player
  • 1976
    Geertjan Lassche, Dutch reporter
  • 1978
    Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
  • 1982
    Mark Salling, American actor
  • 1991
    Qory Sandioriva, Indonesian beauty queen, Puteri Indonesia 2009

Who died on August 17?

  • 1304
    Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
  • 1676
    Hans Jakob Christoph von Grimmelshausen, German novelist (b. 1621)
  • 1838
    Lorenzo Da Ponte, Italian librettist (b. 1749)
  • 1875
    Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (b. 1827)
  • 1909
    Madan Lal Dhingra, Indian Revolutionary (b. 1883)
  • 1918
    Moisei Uritsky, Russian revolutionary (b. 1873)
  • 1954
    Billy Murray, American recording artist (b. 1877)
  • 1994
    Jack Sharkey, American boxer (b. 1902)
  • 1998
    Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • 2007
    Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)

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