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
The first public performance of the Dominican Republic’s national anthem, Himno Nacional.
Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, opened.
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.
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.
Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
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.
Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage.
Venera Program: Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).
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.
The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
Who were born on August 17?
Marcus Garvey, Jamaican-born Black rights activist (d. 1940)
Jimmy Donley, American singer (d. 1963)
Glenn Corbett, American actor (d. 1993)
Robert De Niro, American actor
Sib Hashian, American musician (Boston)
Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis player
Geertjan Lassche, Dutch reporter
Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
Mark Salling, American actor
Qory Sandioriva, Indonesian beauty queen, Puteri Indonesia 2009
Who died on August 17?
Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
Hans Jakob Christoph von Grimmelshausen, German novelist (b. 1621)
Lorenzo Da Ponte, Italian librettist (b. 1749)
Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (b. 1827)
Madan Lal Dhingra, Indian Revolutionary (b. 1883)
Moisei Uritsky, Russian revolutionary (b. 1873)
Billy Murray, American recording artist (b. 1877)
Jack Sharkey, American boxer (b. 1902)
Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
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