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Friday April 17, 2020

April 17: Day of the Week

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

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.

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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)

  • 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.
  • 1797
    Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins – Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
  • 1907
    The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    Syria obtains its Independence from the French occupation.
  • 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.
  • 1984
    Police Constable Yvonne Fletcher is killed by gunfire from the Libyan People’s Bureau in London during a small demonstration outside the embassy. Ten others are wounded. The events lead to an 11-day siege of the building.

Who were born on April 17?

  • 1586
    John Ford, English dramatist
  • 1798
    Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (d. 1840)
  • 1891
    George Adamski, Polish-American author and ufologist (d. 1965)
  • 1926
    Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • 1929
    James Last, German band leader
  • 1938
    Ben Barnes, American politician
  • 1947
    Linda Martin, Irish singer
  • 1950
    L. Scott Caldwell, American actress
  • 1979
    Siddharth Narayan, Indian actor
  • 1990
    Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer

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