What happened this day in history January 17

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

January 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 17 is the 17th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 349 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

When this day started, 26,320,320 minutes 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 ‘heptadecagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 8 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 2,583 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 17 Historical Events

  • 38 BC
    Octavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey.
  • 1377
    Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
  • 1773
    Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cowpens – Continental troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan defeat British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the battle in South Carolina.
  • 1799
    Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed.
  • 1944
    World War II: Allied forces launch the first of four battles with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome, an effort that would ultimately take four months and cost 105,000 Allied casualties.
  • 1950
    The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1991
    Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V.
  • 1992
    During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
  • 2007
    The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.

Who were born on January 17?

  • 1858
    Tomás Carrasquilla, Colombian writer (d. 1940)
  • 1860
    Douglas Hyde, Irish President of Ireland (d. 1949)
  • 1863
    David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (d. 1945)
  • 1886
    Glenn L. Martin, American aviation pioneer (d. 1955)
  • 1917
    Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
  • 1943
    Chris Montez, American singer
  • 1955
    Steve Javie, American professional basketball referee
  • 1958
    Valdas Kasparavičius, Lithuanian footballer
  • 1979
    Oleg Lisogor, Ukrainian swimmer
  • 1991
    Lee Kiseop, Korean singer/actor/model/dancer in boyband U-Kiss

Who died on January 17?

  • 395
    Theodosius I, Roman Emperor (b. 347)
  • 1737
    Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect (b. 1662)
  • 1884
    Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist (b. 1804)
  • 1931
    Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia, son of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (b. 1864)
  • 1970
    Billy Stewart, American singer (b. 1937)
  • 1987
    Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • 1992
    Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner (b. 1915)
  • 1997
    Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (b. 1906)
  • 2005
    Albert Schatz, American microbiologist (b. 1920)
  • 2008
    Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)

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