What happened this day in history December 17

What are the important events that happened on December 17? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 17 is the 351st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 14 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 4, 2021 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,639,699,200 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 ‘trihectapentacontahenagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 46 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 3,283 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 17 Historical Events

  • 1586
    Emperor Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan.
  • 1777
    France formally recognizes the United States of America.
  • 1819
    Simón Bolívar declares the independence of the Republic of Gran Colombia in Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela).
  • 1926
    Antanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania as the 1926 coup d'état is successful.
  • 1928
    Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinate British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police. The three were executed in 1931.
  • 1957
    The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • 1967
    Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt disappears while swimming near Portsea, Victoria and is presumed drowned.
  • 1973
    Terrorism: 30 passengers are killed in an attack by Palestinian terrorists on Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport.
  • 1981
    Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigade in Verona, Italy.
  • 2010
    Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire.This act became the catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution. The success of the Tunisian protests sparked protests in several other Arab countries.

Who were born on December 17?

  • 1778
    Humphry Davy, English chemist and physicist (d. 1829)
  • 1883
    Raimu, French actor (d. 1946)
  • 1900
    Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (d. 1998)
  • 1914
    Raymond Fernandez, American convicted murderer (d. 1951)
  • 1937
    Calvin Waller, American Army general (d. 1996)
  • 1964
    Frank Musil, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1966
    Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
  • 1966
    Tracy Byrd, American musician
  • 1975
    Bree Sharp, American singer/songwriter
  • 1994
    Nat Wolff, American singer and actor

Who died on December 17?

  • 1860
    Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (b. 1777)
  • 1909
    Leopold II of Belgium (b. 1835)
  • 1929
    Manuel Gomes da Costa, Portuguese politician (b. 1863)
  • 1930
    Peter Warlock, Anglo-Welsh composer (b. 1894)
  • 1981
    Ada Kramm, Norwegian actress (b. 1899)
  • 1987
    Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist (b. 1903)
  • 1999
    Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (b. 1931)
  • 2009
    Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2010
    Captain Beefheart, American musician (b. 1941)

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