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Friday April 17, 2020

April 17: Day of the Week

April 17, 2020 is the 108th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 258 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.

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Here’s the April calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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April 17 Historical Event(s)

  • 1397
    Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) the start of the book’s pilgrimage to Canterbury.
  • 1492
    Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.
  • 1555
    After 18 months of siege, Siena surrenders to the Florentine-Imperial army. The Republic of Siena is incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins – Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
  • 1897
    The Aurora, Texas UFO incident
  • 1912
    Russian troops open fire on striking goldfield workers in northeast Siberia, killing at least 150.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
  • 1942
    French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein.
  • 1951
    The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom’s first National Park.
  • 1961
    Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.

Who were born on April 17?

  • 1820
    Alexander Joy Cartwright, Inventor of the Modern Game of Baseball (d. 1892)
  • 1891
    George Adamski, Polish-American author and ufologist (d. 1965)
  • 1917
    Bill Clements, American politician
  • 1918
    William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1939
    Robert Miller, American art dealer (d. 2011)
  • 1972
    Gary Bennett, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1977
    Sizzla, Jamaican dancehall artist
  • 1980
    Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
  • 1982
    Lee Jun Ki, South Korean actor and model

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