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, 1,579,219,200 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 ‘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
Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
Franco-Thai War: French forces inflict a decisive victory over the Royal Thai Navy.
The UN Security Council holds its first session.
“Cold Sunday” - in the United States temperatures fell to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.
During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
1994 Northridge earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California.
The Great Hanshin earthquake: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people.
Who were born on January 17?
Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist (d. 1723)
James Hall, Scottish geologist (d. 1832)
Robert De Niro, Sr., American painter (d. 1993)
James Earl Jones, American actor
Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French-born Pakistani diplomat (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) (d. 2003)
Paul Young, English musician
Kai Hansen, German singer and guitarist (Gamma Ray)
Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician
Álvaro Arbeloa, Spanish footballer
Who died on January 17?
King Peter I of Cyprus (murdered) (b. 1328)
John Ray, English naturalist (b. 1627)
Albert Jacka, VC, Australian soldier (b. 1893)
Billy Stewart, American singer (b. 1937)
Albert Hourani, English historian (b. 1915)
Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (b. 1906)
Philip Jones, British trumpeter (b. 1928)
Gregory Corso, American poet (b. 1930)
Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926)
Bobby Fischer, American chess grandmaster and author (b. 1943)
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