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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 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)

  • 1862
    American Civil War: Major General J.E.B. Stuart is assigned command of all the cavalry of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
  • 1862
    Indian Wars: The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.
  • 1953
    Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • 1959
    Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the much acclaimed and highly influential best selling jazz recording of all time, is released.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1601
    Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician (d. 1665)
  • 1904
    Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
  • 1913
    Óscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (d. 1989)
  • 1914
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (d. 1988)
  • 1929
    Francis Gary Powers, American U-2 pilot (d. 1977)
  • 1933
    Mark Dinning, American singer (d. 1986)
  • 1937
    Ronnie Butler, singer
  • 1941
    Jean Pierre Lefebvre, French Canadian film director
  • 1949
    Norm Coleman, American politician
  • 1963
    S. Shankar, Indian film director

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