What are the important events that happened on September 17? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
September 17: Facts & Myths About This Day
September 17 is the 260th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 105 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 4, 2023 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 470,808 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 ‘dihectahexacontagon’ day.
Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Sapphire is the modern birthstone for this month. Agate is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 146 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 3,922 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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September 17 Historical Events
The Battle of Myriokephalon is fought.
The Peace of Bergerac is signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek writes a letter to the Royal Society describing “animalcules”: the first known description of protozoa.
The Treaty of Fort Pitt is signed. It is the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware Indians).
World War I: Manfred von Richthofen (“The Red Baron”), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.
The American Professional Football Association (later renamed National Football League) is organized in Canton, Ohio, United States.
Malaysia joins the United Nations.
Bangladesh, Grenada and Guinea-Bissau join the United Nations.
The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA.
An Iranian Kurdish leader and his two joiners are assassinated by political militants in Berlin, Germany.
Who were born on September 17?
Jonathan Alder, American settler (d. 1849)
Shin Kanemaru, Japanese politician (d. 1996)
Roddy McDowall, English actor (d. 1998)
Sir Stirling Moss, English race car driver
David Souter, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Tessa Jowell, British politician
Narendra Modi, Indian politician
Koralia Karanti, Greek actress
Rita Rudner, American comedian
Akhenaton French rapper and producer
Who died on September 17?
Hildegard of Bingen, German abbess and composer (b. 1098)
Sabbatai Zevi, Montenegrin rabbi, kabbalist, and founder of the Jewish Sabbatean movement (b. 1626)
Dred Scott, American slave who unsuccessfully sued for citizenship (b. 1795)
Walter Savage Landor, English writer (b. 1775)
Ignaz Brüll, Austrian pianist (b. 1846)
Ettie Annie Rout, New Zealand activist (b. 1877)
Folke Bernadotte, Swedish diplomat (b. 1895)
Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (b. 1898)
Roger Wagner, American choral conductor (b. 1914)
Red Skelton, American actor and comedian (b. 1913)
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