April 17: Day of the Week
April 17, 2019 was the 107th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 258 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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Here’s the April calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 69After the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor.
- 1397Geoffrey 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.
- 1521Martin Luther speaks to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.
- 1797Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America.
- 1905The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York which holds that the “right to free contract” is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
- 1907The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
- 1941World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
- 1942French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein.
- 1970Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
- 1971The People’s Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Mujibnagor.
Who were born on April 17?
- 1598Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (d. 1671)
- 1756Dheeran Chinnamalai, Indian Freedom Fighter, Tamil Revolutionist (d. 1805)
- 1878Emil Fuchs, German-born American attorney and baseball owner (d. 1961)
- 1882Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist (d. 1951)
- 1926Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
- 1939Robert Miller, American art dealer (d. 2011)
- 1948Jan Hammer, Czech composer
- 1951Olivia Hussey, Argentine-born actress
- 1964Lela Rochon, American actress
- 1973Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler
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