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Saturday August 17, 2019

August 17: Day of the Week

August 17, 2019 is the 229th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 136 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 986
    A 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.
  • 1914
    World 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.
  • 1915
    Jewish American Leo Frank is lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia, United States.
  • 1953
    Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • 1959
    Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.
  • 1960
    Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
  • 1962
    East 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.
  • 1978
    Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
  • 1980
    Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
  • 2005
    Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh

Who were born on August 17?

  • 1887
    Charles I of Austria (d. 1922)
  • 1890
    Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator (d. 1920)
  • 1930
    Glenn Corbett, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1932
    V. S. Naipaul, West Indian writer, Nobel Laureate
  • 1937
    Ronnie Butler, singer
  • 1938
    Theodoros Pangalos, Greek politician
  • 1966
    Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
  • 1971
    Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1976
    Geertjan Lassche, Dutch reporter
  • 1985
    Yū Aoi, Japanese actress

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