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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 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.

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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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 1953
    Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • 1960
    Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
  • 1980
    Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
  • 2009
    An 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?

  • 1629
    King John III of Poland (d. 1696)
  • 1866
    Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)
  • 1896
    Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)
  • 1936
    Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor (d. 2007)
  • 1941
    Boog Powell, American baseball player
  • 1943
    Dave “Snaker” Ray, American musician (d. 2002)
  • 1966
    Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
  • 1968
    Ed McCaffrey, American football player
  • 1975
    Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
  • 1976
    Scott Halberstadt, American actor

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