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Friday August 17, 2018

August 17: Day of the Week

August 17, 2018 was the 229th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 136 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

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

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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)

  • 1863
    American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.
  • 1907
    Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, opened.
  • 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.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Royal Air Force begins Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the Operation Crossbow strategic bombing campaign against Germany’s V-weapon programme.
  • 1959
    Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the much acclaimed and highly influential best selling jazz recording of all time, is released.
  • 1960
    Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
  • 1979
    Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 17?

  • 1786
    Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, mother of Queen Victoria (d. 1861)
  • 1863
    Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and naturalist (d. 1924)
  • 1888
    Monty Woolley, American actor (d. 1963)
  • 1895
    Aris Maliagros, Greek actor (d. 1984)
  • 1939
    Luther Allison, American musician (d. 1997)
  • 1943
    Robert De Niro, American actor
  • 1952
    Dr. Mario Theissen, German F1 team principal of BMW Sauber
  • 1979
    Antwaan Randle El, American football player
  • 1980
    Keith Dabengwa, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1986
    Rudy Gay, American basketball player

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