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.
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.
- 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.
- 1915Jewish American Leo Frank is lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia, United States.
- 1953Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
- 1959Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.
- 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.
- 1980Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
- 2005Over 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?
- 1887Charles I of Austria (d. 1922)
- 1890Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator (d. 1920)
- 1930Glenn Corbett, American actor (d. 1993)
- 1932V. S. Naipaul, West Indian writer, Nobel Laureate
- 1937Ronnie Butler, singer
- 1938Theodoros Pangalos, Greek politician
- 1966Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
- 1971Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
- 1976Geertjan Lassche, Dutch reporter
- 1985Yū Aoi, Japanese actress
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