December 17: Day of the Week
December 17, 2021 is the 351st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 14 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is 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 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)
- 1583Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeats the troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.
- 1586Emperor Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan.
- 1600Marriage of Henry IV of France and Marie de' Medici.
- 1819Simón Bolívar declares the independence of the Republic of Gran Colombia in Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela).
- 1837Fire in the Winter Palace of Saint Petersburg occurred.
- 1903The Wright Brothers make their first powered and heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
- 1918Culmination of the Darwin Rebellion as some 1000 demonstrators march on Government House in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
- 1969Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closes its study of UFOs, stating that sightings are generated as a result of “A mild form of mass hysteria, Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of various conventional objects.”
- 1969The SALT I talks begin.
- 2003SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight.
Who were born on December 17?
- 1797Joseph Henry, American physicist (d. 1878).
- 1873Ford Madox Ford, English writer (d. 1939)
- 1892Sam Barry, American basketball coach (d. 1950)
- 1926Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
- 1937Art Neville, American musician (The Neville Brothers)
- 1970Sean Patrick Thomas, American actor
- 1973Paula Radcliffe, English runner
- 1975Bree Sharp, American singer/songwriter
- 1979Ryan Key, American musician and songwriter (Yellowcard)
- 1985Ryuichi Ogata, Japanese singer (w-inds.)
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