What happened this day in history July 17

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

July 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 17 is the 199th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 167 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 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, 443,040 hours 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 ‘hectaenneacontaenneagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 210 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 2,765 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 17 Historical Events

  • 180
    Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. This is the earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.
  • 1402
    Zhu Di, better known by his era name as the Yongle Emperor, assumes the throne over the Ming Dynasty of China.
  • 1771
    Bloody Falls Massacre: Chipewyan chief Matonabbee, travelling as the guide to Samuel Hearne on his Arctic overland journey, massacres a group of unsuspecting Inuit.
  • 1918
    The RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic, is sunk off Ireland by the German SMU U-55; 5 lives are lost.
  • 1932
    Altona Bloody Sunday.
  • 1975
    Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: An American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock with each other in orbit marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations.
  • 1981
    The opening of the Humber Bridge by HM The Queen in England.
  • 1996
    TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.
  • 1998
    A diplomatic conference adopts the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, establishing a permanent international court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crime against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
  • 1998
    Papua New Guinea earthquake: A tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake destroys 10 villages in Papua New Guinea killing an estimated 3,183, leaving 2,000 more unaccounted for and thousands more homeless.

Who were born on July 17?

  • 1888
    Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israeli writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)
  • 1921
    František Zvarík, Slovakian actor (d. 2008)
  • 1939
    Spencer Davis, British singer and guitarist (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1942
    Peter Sissons, British newsreader
  • 1952
    David Hasselhoff, American actor and musician
  • 1956
    Bryan Trottier, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965
    Santiago Segura, Spanish film director and actor
  • 1971
    Cory Doctorow, Canadian author and activist
  • 1984
    Asami Kimura, Japanese singer (Country Musume)
  • 1987
    Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver

Who died on July 17?

  • 656
    Uthman ibn Affan, Third Caliph, assassinated.
  • 1453
    Dmitry Shemyaka, Grand Prince of Moscow 1445, 1446-1447, poisoned in Veliky Novgorod by Vasily Tyomny’s agents
  • 1566
    Bartolomé de Las Casas, Spanish priest (b. 1484)
  • 1709
    Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (b. 1646)
  • 1790
    Adam Smith, Scottish economist and philosopher (b. 1723)
  • 1885
    Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (b. 1811)
  • 1887
    Dorothea Dix, American social activist (b. 1802)
  • 1989
    Itubwa Amram, Nauruan pastor and politician (b. 1922)
  • 2003
    David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
  • 2007
    Júlio Redecker, Brazilian politician (b. 1956)

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