December 17: Day of the Week
December 17, 2020 is the 352nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 14 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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December 17 Historical Event(s)
- 1577Francis Drake sails from Plymouth, England, on a secret mission to explore the Pacific Coast of the Americas for English Queen Elizabeth I.
- 1583Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeats the troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.
- 1807France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
- 1812War of 1812: U.S. forces attack a friendly Lenape village in the Battle of the Mississinewa.
- 1837Fire in the Winter Palace of Saint Petersburg occurred.
- 19601960 Munich Convair 340 crash: 20 passengers and crew on board as well as 32 people on the ground are killed.
- 1961Fire in the Gran Circus American in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the biggest tragedy in circus history.
- 1989The first episode of television series The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, airs in the United States.
- 2005Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- 2005Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicate the throne as King of Bhutan.
Who were born on December 17?
- 1267Emperor Go-Uda of Japan (d. 1324)
- 1632Anthony Wood, English antiquarian (d. 1695)
- 1883Raimu, French actor (d. 1946)
- 1950Laurence F. Johnson, American educator
- 1953Barry Livingston, American actor
- 1966Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
- 1973Rian Johnson, American writer and director
- 1974Giovanni Ribisi, American actor
- 1974Ian Petrella, American actor
- 1978Chase Utley, American baseball player
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