January 17: Day of the Week
January 17, 2021 was the 17th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 348 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 1287King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca.
- 1773Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
- 1811Mexican War of Independence: In the Battle of Calderón Bridge, a heavily outnumbered Spanish force of 6,000 troops defeats nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionists.
- 1893The Citizen’s Committee of Public Safety, led by Lorrin A. Thurston, overthrows the government of Queen Liliuokalani of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
- 1899The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
- 1929Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
- 1950The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1983The tallest department store in the world, Hudson’s, flagship store in downtown Detroit closes due to high cost of operating.
- 19941994 Northridge earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California.
- 2010Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, resulting in at least 200 deaths.
Who were born on January 17?
- 1828Eduard Remenyi, Hungarian violinist (d. 1898)
- 1903Warren Hull, American actor (d. 1974)
- 1917Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
- 1918George M. Leader, American politician and 36th Governor of Pennsylvania
- 1927E.W. Swackhamer, American television & film director (d. 1994)
- 1934Stuart Nisbet, American actor
- 1952Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
- 1981Ray J, American R&B singer
- 1982Hwanhee, South Korean singer and actor
- 1985Simone Simons, Dutch singer (Epica)
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