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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 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.

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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)

  • 942
    Assassination of William I of Normandy.
  • 1807
    France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
  • 1907
    Ugyen Wangchuck is crowned first King of Bhutan
  • 1926
    Antanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania as the 1926 coup d'état is successful.
  • 1939
    World War II: Battle of the River Plate – The Admiral Graf Spee is scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.
  • 1950
    The F-86 Sabre’s first mission over Korea.
  • 1970
    Polish 1970 protests: In Gdynia soldiers fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.
  • 1989
    Romanian Revolution: Protests continue in Timişoara with rioters breaking into the Romanian Communist Party’s District Committee building and attempting to set it on fire.
  • 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.
  • 2010
    Mohamed 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?

  • 1894
    Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (d. 1979)
  • 1914
    Raymond Fernandez, American convicted murderer (d. 1951)
  • 1922
    Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (d. 2005)
  • 1934
    Ray Wilson, English footballer
  • 1945
    Cees de Wolf, Dutch footballer (d. 2011)
  • 1950
    Laurence F. Johnson, American educator
  • 1955
    Brad Davis, American basketball player
  • 1959
    Albert King, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Takeo Spikes, American football player
  • 1980
    Alexandra Papageorgiou, Greek hammer thrower

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