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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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is sábado.

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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)

  • 1807
    Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Major General J.E.B. Stuart is assigned command of all the cavalry of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville – Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
  • 1883
    The first public performance of the Dominican Republic’s national anthem, Himno Nacional.
  • 1943
    World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission.
  • 1945
    Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
  • 1947
    The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.
  • 1980
    Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
  • 2004
    The 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.
  • 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?

  • 1578
    Francesco Albani, Italian painter (d. 1660)
  • 1863
    Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and naturalist (d. 1924)
  • 1873
    John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (d. 1946)
  • 1914
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (d. 1988)
  • 1955
    Colin Moulding, English bass player, singer and songwriter (XTC)
  • 1962
    Buddy Landel, American professional wrestler
  • 1969
    Donnie Wahlberg, American actor and singer (New Kids On The Block)
  • 1975
    Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
  • 1977
    Thierry Henry, French footballer
  • 1989
    Frederick Lau, German actor

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