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

  • 1203
    The Fourth Crusade captures Constantinople by assault. The Byzantine emperor Alexius III Angelus flees from his capital into exile.
  • 1586
    A meeting takes place at Lüneburg between several Protestant powers in order to discuss the formation of an ‘evangelical’league of defence, called the 'Confederatio Militiae Evangelicae', against the Catholic League.
  • 1917
    King George V of the United Kingdom issues a Proclamation stating that the male line descendants of the British royal family will bear the surname Windsor.
  • 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.
  • 1933
    After successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Lithuanian research aircraft Lituanica crashes in Europe under mysterious circumstances.
  • 1955
    Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.
  • 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.
  • 1976
    The opening of the Summer Olympics in Montreal is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team.
  • 1981
    The opening of the Humber Bridge by HM The Queen in England.

Who were born on July 17?

  • 1839
    Ephraim Shay, American inventor (d. 1916)
  • 1925
    Jimmy Scott, American jazz singer
  • 1940
    Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian
  • 1954
    Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  • 1960
    Nancy Giles, American actress
  • 1965
    Craig Morgan, American singer
  • 1966
    Lou Barlow, American alternative rock singer and musician (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh)
  • 1972
    Jason Rullo, American drummer (Symphony X, Redemption)
  • 1975
    Harlette, British Fashion Designer lingerie
  • 1976
    Matthew Holmes, Australian actor

Who died on July 17?

  • 924
    King Edward the Elder of England
  • 1566
    Bartolomé de Las Casas, Spanish priest (b. 1484)
  • 1571
    Georg Fabricius, German poet and historian (b. 1516)
  • 1790
    Adam Smith, Scottish economist and philosopher (b. 1723)
  • 1878
    Aleardo Aleardi, Italian poet (b. 1812)
  • 1912
    Henri Poincaré, French mathematician (b. 1854)
  • 1945
    Ernst Busch, German field marshal (b. 1885)
  • 1975
    Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (b. 1893)
  • 2005
    Gavin Lambert, British-born screenwriter (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish-born actress (b. 1913)

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