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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.
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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)
- 1377Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
- 1608Emperor Susenyos of Ethiopia surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 men.
- 1773Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
- 1852The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
- 1899The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
- 1929Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
- 1945Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is taken into Soviet custody while in Hungary; he is never publicly seen again.
- 1969Black Panther Party members Bunchy Carter and John Huggins are killed during a meeting in Campbell Hall on the campus of UCLA.
- 1989Cleveland School massacre: Patrick Purdy opens fire with an assault rifle at the Cleveland Elementary School playground in Stockton, California, killing five children and wounding 29 others and one teacher before taking his own life.
- 1998Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.
Who were born on January 17?
- 1734François-Joseph Gossec, Belgian composer (d. 1829)
- 1828Lewis A. Grant, American Civil War general (d. 1918)
- 1899Al Capone, American gangster (d. 1947)
- 1916Peter Frelinghuysen, American politician
- 1925Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher and K.K.K. member
- 1939Maury Povich, American talk show host
- 1948Jim Ladd, American freeform (radio format) Disc Jockey
- 1970Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator
- 1971Paolo Vaccari, Italian rugby player
- 1982Dwyane Wade, American basketball player
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