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Thursday December 17, 2020

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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.

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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1583
    Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeats the troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.
  • 1928
    Indian 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.
  • 1941
    World War II: Japanese forces land in Northern Borneo.
  • 1969
    Project 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.”
  • 1983
    The IRA bombs Harrods Department Store in London, killing six people.
  • 1989
    Fernando Collor de Mello defeats Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the second round of the Brazilian presidential election, becoming the first democratically elected President in almost 30 years.
  • 1997
    The United Kingdom commences its Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997, which extends the state’s gun ban to include all handguns—with the exception of antique and show weapons.
  • 2002
    Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years.
  • 2003
    SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight.
  • 2009
    MV Danny F II sinks off the coast of Lebanon, resulting in the deaths of 44 people and over 28,000 animals.

Who were born on December 17?

  • 1734
    Maria I of Portugal, Portuguese queen (d. 1816)
  • 1796
    Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (d. 1865)
  • 1835
    Alexander Emanuel Agassiz, American scientist; son of Louis Agassiz (d. 1910)
  • 1913
    Burt Baskin, American entrepreneur (Baskin and Robbins) (d. 1967)
  • 1921
    Lore Berger, Swiss writer (d. 1943)
  • 1964
    Ginger, English singer and guitarist (The Wildhearts)
  • 1980
    Alexandra Papageorgiou, Greek hammer thrower
  • 1982
    Craig Kielburger, Canadian anti-child-labor activist
  • 1983
    Bryan Jurynec, American ice hockey player
  • 1984
    Luis Maria Alfageme, Argentine footballer

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