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)
- 1807Robert 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.
- 1864American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville – Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
- 1883The first public performance of the Dominican Republic’s national anthem, Himno Nacional.
- 1943World War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
- 1953Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
- 1960Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
- 1980Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
- 1998Monica 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.
- 2005The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
- 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?
- 1629King John III of Poland (d. 1696)
- 1866Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)
- 1896Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)
- 1936Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor (d. 2007)
- 1941Boog Powell, American baseball player
- 1943Dave “Snaker” Ray, American musician (d. 2002)
- 1966Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
- 1968Ed McCaffrey, American football player
- 1975Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
- 1976Scott Halberstadt, American actor
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