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 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

  • 1862
    Indian Wars: The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville – Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
  • 1943
    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.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
  • 1953
    Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • 1960
    Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
  • 1979
    Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156.
  • 1980
    Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 17?

  • 1686
    Nicola Porpora, Italian composer (d. 1768)
  • 1794
    Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest (d. 1849)
  • 1878
    Reggie Duff, Australian cricketer (d. 1911)
  • 1904
    Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
  • 1947
    Gary Talley, American musician (Box Tops)
  • 1953
    Michael Malthouse, Premiership winning Australian football coach
  • 1962
    John Marshall Jones, American actor
  • 1978
    Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
  • 1981
    Kristin Holt, American television personality
  • 1984
    Dee Brown, American basketball player

Who died on August 17?

  • 1304
    Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
  • 1720
    Anne Lefèvre, French scholar (b. 1654)
  • 1861
    Alcée Louis la Branche, American Politician (b. 1806)
  • 1870
    Pedro Figueredo, Cuban poet, musician, and freedom fighter of the 19th century (b. 1818)
  • 1909
    Madan Lal Dhingra, Indian Revolutionary (b. 1883)
  • 1935
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist and writer (b. 1860)
  • 1964
    Happy Felsch, American baseball player best known for his involvement in the Black Sox Scandal
  • 2006
    Shamsur Rahman, Bangladeshi poet, columnist and journalist (b. 1929)
  • 2007
    Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2007
    Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)

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