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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.
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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)
- 395Emperor Theodosius I dies at Milan, the Roman Empire is re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The Eastern Roman Empire is centered in Constantinople under Arcadius, son of Theodosius, and the Western Roman Empire in Mediolanum under Honorius, his brother, at the age of 10.
- 1377Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
- 1608Emperor Susenyos of Ethiopia surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 men.
- 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.
- 1852The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
- 1885A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.
- 1903El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
- 1941Franco-Thai War: French forces inflict a decisive victory over the Royal Thai Navy.
- 1946The UN Security Council holds its first session.
- 2008British Airways Flight 38 crash lands just short of London Heathrow Airport in England with no fatalities. It is the first complete hull loss of a Boeing 777.
Who were born on January 17?
- 1666Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist (d. 1723)
- 1876Frank Hague, American politician (d. 1956)
- 1918George M. Leader, American politician and 36th Governor of Pennsylvania
- 1925Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (d. 2000)
- 1928Vidal Sassoon, English cosmetologist
- 1933Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French-born Pakistani diplomat (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) (d. 2003)
- 1941Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist
- 1957Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
- 1971Kid Rock, American singer
- 1973Aaron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
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