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.
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)
- 1377Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
- 1873A group of Modoc warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War.
- 1899The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
- 1903El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
- 1917The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
- 1918Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles take place between the Red Guards and the White Guard.
- 1944World 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.
- 1966A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea in the Palomares incident.
- 1989Cleveland School massacre: Patrick Purdy opens fire with an assault rifle at the Cleveland Elementary School playground in Stockton, California, killing five children and wounding 29 others and one teacher before taking his own life.
- 1991Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V.
Who were born on January 17?
- 1504Pope Saint Pius V (d. 1572)
- 1881Harry Price, English psychic researcher and writer (d. 1948)
- 1914Anacleto Angelini, Chilean businessman (d. 2007)
- 1916Peter Frelinghuysen, American politician
- 1932Sheree North, American actress (d. 2005)
- 1954Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
- 1955Steve Earle, American musician
- 1974Danny Bhoy, Scottish comedian
- 1985Riyu Kosaka, Japanese singer (BeForU)
- 1986Hale Appleman, American actor
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