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Wednesday August 17, 2022

August 17: Day of the Week

August 17, 2022 was the 229th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 136 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.

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

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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.
  • 1942
    World War II: U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari).
  • 1943
    World War II: First Québec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.
  • 1945
    Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
  • 1953
    Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • 1980
    Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
  • 1982
    The first Compact Discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany.
  • 2005
    The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
  • 2008
    American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.
  • 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?

  • 1473
    Richard, Duke of York
  • 1601
    Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician (d. 1665)
  • 1873
    John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (d. 1946)
  • 1921
    Geoffrey Rudolph Elton, British historian (d. 1994)
  • 1941
    Jean Pierre Lefebvre, French Canadian film director
  • 1953
    Judith Regan, American book publisher
  • 1976
    Scott Halberstadt, American actor
  • 1987
    Matthew Shultz, American musician, Cage the Elephant
  • 1990
    Colin Bates, American actor
  • 1991
    Austin Butler, American actor

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