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, 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

  • 1773
    Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
  • 1852
    The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
  • 1917
    The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
  • 1929
    Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
  • 1941
    Franco-Thai War: French forces inflict a decisive victory over the Royal Thai Navy.
  • 1946
    The UN Security Council holds its first session.
  • 1982
    “Cold Sunday” - in the United States temperatures fell to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.
  • 1992
    During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
  • 1994
    1994 Northridge earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California.
  • 1995
    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?

  • 1666
    Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist (d. 1723)
  • 1761
    James Hall, Scottish geologist (d. 1832)
  • 1922
    Robert De Niro, Sr., American painter (d. 1993)
  • 1931
    James Earl Jones, American actor
  • 1933
    Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French-born Pakistani diplomat (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) (d. 2003)
  • 1956
    Paul Young, English musician
  • 1963
    Kai Hansen, German singer and guitarist (Gamma Ray)
  • 1968
    Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
  • 1974
    Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician
  • 1983
    Álvaro Arbeloa, Spanish footballer

Who died on January 17?

  • 1369
    King Peter I of Cyprus (murdered) (b. 1328)
  • 1705
    John Ray, English naturalist (b. 1627)
  • 1932
    Albert Jacka, VC, Australian soldier (b. 1893)
  • 1970
    Billy Stewart, American singer (b. 1937)
  • 1993
    Albert Hourani, English historian (b. 1915)
  • 1997
    Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (b. 1906)
  • 2000
    Philip Jones, British trumpeter (b. 1928)
  • 2001
    Gregory Corso, American poet (b. 1930)
  • 2003
    Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2008
    Bobby Fischer, American chess grandmaster and author (b. 1943)

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