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Saturday August 17, 2019

August 17: Day of the Week

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

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.

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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)

  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville – Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
  • 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
    A Category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas with winds at 135 mph.
  • 1942
    World War II: U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari).
  • 1947
    The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about the relationship.
  • 1999
    A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.

Who were born on August 17?

  • 1866
    Julia Marlowe, English actress (d. 1950)
  • 1890
    Harry Hopkins, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1946)
  • 1929
    Jimmy Donley, American singer (d. 1963)
  • 1933
    Eugene F. Kranz, American NASA executive
  • 1937
    Ronnie Butler, singer
  • 1952
    Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis player
  • 1959
    Jonathan Franzen, American author
  • 1962
    Gilby Clarke, American musician (Guns N' Roses)
  • 1975
    Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
  • 1977
    Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker

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