August 17: Day of the Week
August 17, 2021 is the 229th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 136 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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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)
- 986A Byzantine army is destroyed in the pass of Trajan’s Gate by the Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Samuel and Aron. The Byzantine emperor Basil II narrowly escaped.
- 1862Indian Wars: The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
- 1863American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.
- 1883The first public performance of the Dominican Republic’s national anthem, Himno Nacional.
- 1907Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, opened.
- 1908Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris.
- 1969Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage.
- 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.
- 1999A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
- 2004The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
Who were born on August 17?
- 1473Richard, Duke of York
- 1930Ted Hughes, English poet (d. 1998)
- 1936Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor (d. 2007)
- 1952Nelson Piquet, Brazilian race car driver
- 1967David Conrad, American actor
- 1967Kevin Max, American singer (dc talk)
- 1972Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer
- 1977Thierry Henry, French footballer
- 1987Matthew Shultz, American musician, Cage the Elephant
- 1988Brady Corbet, American actor
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