December 17: Day of the Week
December 17, 2019 is the 351st day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 14 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.
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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)
- 942Assassination of William I of Normandy.
- 1577Francis Drake sails from Plymouth, England, on a secret mission to explore the Pacific Coast of the Americas for English Queen Elizabeth I.
- 1790Discovery of the Aztec calendar stone.
- 1918Culmination of the Darwin Rebellion as some 1000 demonstrators march on Government House in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
- 1935First flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane.
- 1960Troops loyal to Haile Selassie I in Ethiopia crush the coup that began December 13, returning power to their leader upon his return from Brazil. Haile Selassie absolves his son of any guilt.
- 1967Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt disappears while swimming near Portsea, Victoria and is presumed drowned.
- 1970Polish 1970 protests: In Gdynia soldiers fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.
- 2003The Soham murder trial ends at the Old Bailey in London, with Ian Huntley found guilty of two counts of murder. His girlfriend Maxine Carr is found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
- 2005Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Who were born on December 17?
- 1835Alexander Emanuel Agassiz, American scientist; son of Louis Agassiz (d. 1910)
- 1910Sy Oliver, American jazz arranger and bandleader (d. 1988)
- 1931James McGaugh, American professor and neurobiologist
- 1943Mary Brunner, American “Manson Family” member
- 1955Brad Davis, American basketball player
- 1960Moreno Argentin, Italian cyclist
- 1966Tracy Byrd, American musician
- 1977Samuel Pahlsson, Swedish hockey player
- 1978Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer (Three Days Grace)
- 1982Craig Kielburger, Canadian anti-child-labor activist
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