What happened this day in history September 17

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 261st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 105 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 4, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,671,680 minutes 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 ‘dihectahexacontahenagon’ day.

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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 148 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 2,827 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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September 17 Historical Events

  • 1462
    The Battle of Świecino (also known as the Battle of Żarnowiec) is fought during Thirteen Years’ War.
  • 1776
    The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.
  • 1778
    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).
  • 1814
    Francis Scott Key finishes his poem “Defence of Fort McHenry”, later to be the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
  • 1859
    Joshua A. Norton declares himself “Emperor Norton I” of the United States.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Russian city of Bryansk is liberated from Nazis.
  • 1948
    The Nizam of Hyderabad surrenders his sovereignty over the Hyderabad State and joins the Indian Union.
  • 1957
    Malaysia joins the United Nations.
  • 1976
    The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA.
  • 2001
    The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 Attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.

Who were born on September 17?

  • 1192
    Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun (d. 1219)
  • 1630
    Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma (d. 1694)
  • 1881
    Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, English soldier (d. 1955)
  • 1928
    Roddy McDowall, English actor (d. 1998)
  • 1937
    Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player
  • 1945
    David Emerson, Canadian politician
  • 1960
    Kevin Clash, American actor and puppeteer
  • 1962
    Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director
  • 1971
    Mike Catt, English rugby player
  • 1972
    Bobby Lee, American comedian

Who died on September 17?

  • 1179
    Hildegard of Bingen, German abbess and composer (b. 1098)
  • 1679
    John of Austria the Younger, Spanish general (b. 1629)
  • 1803
    Franz Xaver Süssmayr, Austrian composer (b. 1766)
  • 1858
    Dred Scott, American slave who unsuccessfully sued for citizenship (b. 1795)
  • 1982
    Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (b. 1937)
  • 1985
    Laura Ashley, Welsh designer (b. 1925)
  • 1988
    Hilde Gueden, Austrian soprano (b. 1917)
  • 1998
    Ted Binion, Las Vegas casino heir (b. 1943)
  • 2000
    Paula Yates, British TV personality (b. 1959)
  • 2011
    Colin Madigan, Australian architect (b. 1921)

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