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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.
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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)
- 38 BCOctavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey.
- 1287King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca.
- 1773Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
- 1852The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
- 1941Franco-Thai War: French forces inflict a decisive victory over the Royal Thai Navy.
- 1949The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.
- 19941994 Northridge earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California.
- 1995The Great Hanshin earthquake: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people.
- 2002Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
- 2007The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
Who were born on January 17?
- 1666Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist (d. 1723)
- 1850Aleksandr Taneyev, Russian composer (d. 1918)
- 1863David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (d. 1945)
- 1901Aron Gurwitsch, Lithuanian-born philosopher (d. 1973)
- 1905Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)
- 1917M. G. Ramachandran, Indian politician, actor (d. 1987)
- 1933Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French-born Pakistani diplomat (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) (d. 2003)
- 1950Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
- 1956Paul Young, English musician
- 1957Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
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