April 17: Day of the Week
April 17, 2021 was the 107th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 258 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.
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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)
- 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.
- 1492Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.
- 1797Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America.
- 1942French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein.
- 1946Syria obtains its Independence from the French occupation.
- 1949At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland.
- 1961Bay 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.
- 1982Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
- 1984Police 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.
- 1986The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends.
Who were born on April 17?
- 1620Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (d. 1700)
- 1750François de Neufchâteau, French statesman and intellectual figure (d. 1828)
- 1902Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician (d. 1974)
- 1903Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian cellist (d. 1976)
- 1955Todd Lickliter, American basketball coach
- 1964Lela Rochon, American actress
- 1967Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-born Scottish actor
- 1972Yuichi Nishimura, Japan referee football player
- 1976Monet Mazur, American actress and musician
- 1979Siddharth Narayan, Indian actor
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