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 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 105 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 4, 2021 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 453,288 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.
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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 137 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 3,192 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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September 17 Historical Events
The Peace of Bergerac is signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.
Francis Scott Key finishes his poem “Defence of Fort McHenry”, later to be the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.
The Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.
The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes killing Selfridge. He becomes the first airplane fatality.
Andrew Fisher becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
Taisto Mäki becomes the first man to run the 10,000 metres in under 30 minutes, in a time of 29:52.6
The Lehi (also known as the Stern gang) assassinates Count Folke Bernadotte, who was appointed by the UN to mediate between the Arab nations and Israel.
Malaysia joins the United Nations.
An Iranian Kurdish leader and his two joiners are assassinated by political militants in Berlin, Germany.
Who were born on September 17?
Irena Kwiatkowska, Polish actress and comedian (d. 2011)
Scott Simpson, American golfer
Mandawuy Yunupingu, Aboriginal Australian musician
John Franco, American baseball player
Stéphane Rousseau, Canadian humorist and actor
Adriana Sklenaříková, Slovak supermodel
Ada Choi, Hong Kong actress
Mirah, American musician
Simone Perrotta, Italian football player
Mason Raymond, Canadian hockey player
Who died on September 17?
Robert Bellarmine, Italian saint (b. 1542)
Sabbatai Zevi, Montenegrin rabbi, kabbalist, and founder of the Jewish Sabbatean movement (b. 1626)
Raden Ayu Kartini, Indonesian national heroine (b. 1879)
Ignaz Brüll, Austrian pianist (b. 1846)
Sir Thomas Bent, Premier of Victoria (b. 1838)
Stephanos Dragoumis, Greek judge, writer and Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1842)
Joseph De Piro, Maltese missionary (b. 1877)
Ettie Annie Rout, New Zealand activist (b. 1877)
Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet (b. 1901)
Colin Madigan, Australian architect (b. 1921)
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