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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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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.
- 1777France formally recognizes the United States of America.
- 1812War of 1812: U.S. forces attack a friendly Lenape village in the Battle of the Mississinewa.
- 1927Indian revolutionary Rajendranath Lahiri was hanged to death in Gonda jail of U.P. in India 2 days before the scheduled date.
- 1928Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinate British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police. The three were executed in 1931.
- 1935First flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane.
- 1939World War II: Battle of the River Plate – The Admiral Graf Spee is scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.
- 1944World War II: Battle of the Bulge – Malmedy massacre – American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs are shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper.
- 1950The F-86 Sabre’s first mission over Korea.
- 2010Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire.This act became the catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution. The success of the Tunisian protests sparked protests in several other Arab countries.
Who were born on December 17?
- 1734Maria I of Portugal, Portuguese queen (d. 1816)
- 1807John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet and abolitionist (d. 1892)
- 1894Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (d. 1979)
- 1912Edward Short, British politician
- 1942Paul Butterfield, American musician (d. 1987)
- 1972John Abraham, Indian actor
- 1974Giovanni Ribisi, American actor
- 1975Milla Jovovich, Ukrainian-born actress
- 1977Samuel Pahlsson, Swedish hockey player
- 1982Lorenzo Cittadini, Italian rugby player
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