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
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.
Zhu Di, better known by his era name as the Yongle Emperor, assumes the throne over the Ming Dynasty of China.
Bloody Falls Massacre: Chipewyan chief Matonabbee, travelling as the guide to Samuel Hearne on his Arctic overland journey, massacres a group of unsuspecting Inuit.
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.
Altona Bloody Sunday.
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.
The opening of the Humber Bridge by HM The Queen in England.
TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.
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.
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?
Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israeli writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)
František Zvarík, Slovakian actor (d. 2008)
Spencer Davis, British singer and guitarist (Spencer Davis Group)
Peter Sissons, British newsreader
David Hasselhoff, American actor and musician
Bryan Trottier, Canadian ice hockey player
Santiago Segura, Spanish film director and actor
Cory Doctorow, Canadian author and activist
Asami Kimura, Japanese singer (Country Musume)
Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver
Who died on July 17?
Uthman ibn Affan, Third Caliph, assassinated.
Dmitry Shemyaka, Grand Prince of Moscow 1445, 1446-1447, poisoned in Veliky Novgorod by Vasily Tyomny’s agents
Bartolomé de Las Casas, Spanish priest (b. 1484)
Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (b. 1646)
Adam Smith, Scottish economist and philosopher (b. 1723)
Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (b. 1811)
Dorothea Dix, American social activist (b. 1802)
Itubwa Amram, Nauruan pastor and politician (b. 1922)
David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
Júlio Redecker, Brazilian politician (b. 1956)
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