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Friday January 17, 2020

January 17: Day of the Week

January 17, 2020 was the 17th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 349 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.

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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.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cowpens – Continental troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan defeat British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the battle in South Carolina.
  • 1799
    Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed.
  • 1885
    A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.
  • 1929
    Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
  • 1961
    Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.
  • 1994
    1994 Northridge earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California.
  • 1997
    A Delta 2 carrying a GPS2R satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.
  • 2001
    U.S. President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis’ rank from Lieutenant to Captain.

Who were born on January 17?

  • 1828
    Eduard Remenyi, Hungarian violinist (d. 1898)
  • 1832
    Henry Martyn Baird, American educationalist (d. 1906)
  • 1914
    William Stafford, American poet and essayist (d. 1993)
  • 1939
    Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece (d. 2008)
  • 1944
    Françoise Hardy, French singer
  • 1964
    Andy Rourke, English bass guitarist (The Smiths)
  • 1974
    Yang Chen, Chinese footballer
  • 1983
    Johannes Herber, German basketball player
  • 1983
    Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver
  • 1985
    Kang-in, South Korean singer, dancer, actor, MC, and DJ (Super Junior)

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