January 17: Day of the Week
January 17, 2021 was the 17th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 348 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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.
- 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.
- 1893The Citizen’s Committee of Public Safety, led by Lorrin A. Thurston, overthrows the government of Queen Liliuokalani of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
- 1912Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.
- 1917The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
- 1950The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 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.
- 1981President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos lifts martial law eight years and five months after declaring it.
- 1997A Delta 2 carrying a GPS2R satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.
- 2001U.S. President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis’ rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
Who were born on January 17?
- 1463Frederick III of Saxony, Elector of Saxony (d. 1525)
- 1820Anne Brontë, British author (d. 1849)
- 1875Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan dramatist (d. 1910)
- 1877May Gibbs, Australian children’s author (d. 1969)
- 1903Warren Hull, American actor (d. 1974)
- 1926Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (d. 2006)
- 1948Davíð Oddsson, former Prime Minister of Iceland
- 1956Paul Young, English musician
- 1985Kang-in, South Korean singer, dancer, actor, MC, and DJ (Super Junior)
- 1986Hale Appleman, American actor
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