August 17: Day of the Week
August 17, 2023 was the 229th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 136 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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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.
August 17 Historical Event(s)
- 1918Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated.
- 1945Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
- 1953Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
- 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.
- 1979Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156.
- 1980Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
- 1982The first Compact Discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany.
- 2005Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh
- 2008American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.
- 2009An accident at the Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia, Russia, kills 75 and shuts down the hydroelectric power station, leading to widespread power failure in the local area.
Who were born on August 17?
- 1473Richard, Duke of York
- 1786Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and soldier (d. 1836)
- 1873John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (d. 1946)
- 1921Geoffrey Rudolph Elton, British historian (d. 1994)
- 1926Jiang Zemin, Chinese politician
- 1946Martha Coolidge, American film director
- 1955Colin Moulding, English bass player, singer and songwriter (XTC)
- 1972Ken Ryker, American pornographic actor
- 1990Colin Bates, American actor
- 1991Austin Butler, American actor
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