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 French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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)
- 1595Henry IV of France declares war on Spain.
- 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.
- 1885A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.
- 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.
- 1977Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in Utah, ending a ten-year moratorium on Capital punishment in the United States.
- 19941994 Northridge earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California.
- 1997A Delta 2 carrying a GPS2R satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.
- 2007The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
Who were born on January 17?
- 1484George Spalatin, German reformer (d. 1545)
- 1832Henry Martyn Baird, American educationalist (d. 1906)
- 1902Nâzım Hikmet, Turkish poet (d. 1963)
- 1905Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
- 1934Donald Cammell, Scottish film director (d. 1996)
- 1941Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist
- 1943René Préval, President of Haiti
- 1966Shabba Ranks, Jamaican singer
- 1968Craig Strong, American actor & voice actor
- 1989Hollie-Jay Bowes, English actress
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