January 17: Day of the Week
January 17, 2017 was the 17th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 348 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
January 17 Historical Event(s)
- 38 BCOctavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey.
- 1852The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
- 1893The Citizen’s Committee of Public Safety, led by Lorrin A. Thurston, overthrows the government of Queen Liliuokalani of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
- 1912Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.
- 1918Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles take place between the Red Guards and the White Guard.
- 1949The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.
- 1983The tallest department store in the world, Hudson’s, flagship store in downtown Detroit closes due to high cost of operating.
- 1996The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
- 1998Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.
- 2001U.S. President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis’ rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
Who were born on January 17?
- 1712John Stanley, English composer (d. 1786)
- 1831Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (d. 1903)
- 1905Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)
- 1925Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (d. 2000)
- 1927Norman Kaye, Australian actor and musician (d. 2007)
- 1931Don Zimmer, American baseball coach
- 1943Chris Montez, American singer
- 1949Andy Kaufman, American comedian (d. 1984)
- 1962Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author
- 1974Derrick Mason, American football player
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