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Thursday January 17, 2019

January 17: Day of the Week

January 17, 2019 was the 17th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 348 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was 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 January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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January 17 Historical Event(s)

  • 1524
    Giovanni da Verrazzano sets sail westward from Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1852
    The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
  • 1899
    The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1918
    Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles take place between the Red Guards and the White Guard.
  • 1929
    Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
  • 1944
    World War II: Allied forces launch the first of four battles with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome, an effort that would ultimately take four months and cost 105,000 Allied casualties.
  • 1983
    The tallest department store in the world, Hudson’s, flagship store in downtown Detroit closes due to high cost of operating.
  • 1995
    The Great Hanshin earthquake: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people.
  • 1996
    The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
  • 2002
    Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.

Who were born on January 17?

  • 1899
    Al Capone, American gangster (d. 1947)
  • 1922
    Nicholas Katzenbach, American jurist and 65th United States Attorney General
  • 1926
    Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (d. 2006)
  • 1928
    Vidal Sassoon, English cosmetologist
  • 1949
    Andy Kaufman, American comedian (d. 1984)
  • 1953
    Carlos Johnson, American blues musician
  • 1955
    Steve Javie, American professional basketball referee
  • 1966
    Stephin Merritt, American singer and songwriter (The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies)
  • 1979
    Oleg Lisogor, Ukrainian swimmer
  • 1984
    Sophie Dee, Welsh pornographic actress

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