August 17: Day of the Week
August 17, 2019 was the 229th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 136 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 August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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August 17 Historical Event(s)
- 1864American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville – Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
- 1914World War I: Battle of Stalluponen – The German army of General Hermann von François defeats the Russian force commanded by Pavel Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.
- 1915A Category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas with winds at 135 mph.
- 1942World War II: U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari).
- 1947The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.
- 1960Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
- 1962East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall.
- 1978Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
- 1998Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about the relationship.
- 1999A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
Who were born on August 17?
- 1866Julia Marlowe, English actress (d. 1950)
- 1890Harry Hopkins, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1946)
- 1929Jimmy Donley, American singer (d. 1963)
- 1933Eugene F. Kranz, American NASA executive
- 1937Ronnie Butler, singer
- 1952Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis player
- 1959Jonathan Franzen, American author
- 1962Gilby Clarke, American musician (Guns N' Roses)
- 1975Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
- 1977Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker
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