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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 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.

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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)

  • 395
    Emperor 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.
  • 1377
    Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
  • 1608
    Emperor Susenyos of Ethiopia surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 men.
  • 1811
    Mexican War of Independence: In the Battle of Calderón Bridge, a heavily outnumbered Spanish force of 6,000 troops defeats nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionists.
  • 1852
    The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
  • 1885
    A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.
  • 1903
    El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
  • 1941
    Franco-Thai War: French forces inflict a decisive victory over the Royal Thai Navy.
  • 1946
    The UN Security Council holds its first session.
  • 2008
    British 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?

  • 1666
    Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist (d. 1723)
  • 1876
    Frank Hague, American politician (d. 1956)
  • 1918
    George M. Leader, American politician and 36th Governor of Pennsylvania
  • 1925
    Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (d. 2000)
  • 1928
    Vidal Sassoon, English cosmetologist
  • 1933
    Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French-born Pakistani diplomat (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) (d. 2003)
  • 1941
    Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist
  • 1957
    Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
  • 1971
    Kid Rock, American singer
  • 1973
    Aaron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player

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