January 17: Day of the Week
January 17, 2023 was the 17th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 348 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.
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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)
- 1562France recognizes the Huguenots under the Edict of Saint-Germain.
- 1885A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.
- 1913Raymond Poincaré is elected President of France.
- 1941Franco-Thai War: French forces inflict a decisive victory over the Royal Thai Navy.
- 1945The Nazis begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.
- 1961Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States.
- 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.
- 1977Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in Utah, ending a ten-year moratorium on Capital punishment in the United States.
- 1983The tallest department store in the world, Hudson’s, flagship store in downtown Detroit closes due to high cost of operating.
- 1998Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.
Who were born on January 17?
- 1463Frederick III of Saxony, Elector of Saxony (d. 1525)
- 1666Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist (d. 1723)
- 1719William Vernon, American merchant (d. 1806)
- 1851A. B. Frost, American illustrator (d. 1928)
- 1863David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (d. 1945)
- 1886Glenn L. Martin, American aviation pioneer (d. 1955)
- 1948Jim Ladd, American freeform (radio format) Disc Jockey
- 1970Jeremy Roenick, American ice hockey player
- 1971Paolo Vaccari, Italian rugby player
- 1971Richard Burns, English rally driver (d. 2005)
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