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.
Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
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.
Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed.
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.
The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts.
Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V.
During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
Who were born on January 17?
Tomás Carrasquilla, Colombian writer (d. 1940)
Douglas Hyde, Irish President of Ireland (d. 1949)
David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (d. 1945)
Glenn L. Martin, American aviation pioneer (d. 1955)
Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
Chris Montez, American singer
Steve Javie, American professional basketball referee
Valdas Kasparavičius, Lithuanian footballer
Oleg Lisogor, Ukrainian swimmer
Lee Kiseop, Korean singer/actor/model/dancer in boyband U-Kiss
Who died on January 17?
Theodosius I, Roman Emperor (b. 347)
Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect (b. 1662)
Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist (b. 1804)
Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia, son of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (b. 1864)
Billy Stewart, American singer (b. 1937)
Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner (b. 1915)
Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (b. 1906)
Albert Schatz, American microbiologist (b. 1920)
Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
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