July 17: Day of the Week
July 17, 2019 was the 198th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 167 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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Here’s the July calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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July 17 Historical Event(s)
- 1203The Fourth Crusade captures Constantinople by assault. The Byzantine emperor Alexius III Angelus flees from his capital into exile.
- 1402Zhu Di, better known by his era name as the Yongle Emperor, assumes the throne over the Ming Dynasty of China.
- 1771Bloody Falls Massacre: Chipewyan chief Matonabbee, travelling as the guide to Samuel Hearne on his Arctic overland journey, massacres a group of unsuspecting Inuit.
- 1856The Great Train Wreck of 1856 in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, kills over 60 people.
- 1899NEC Corporation is organized as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital.
- 1938Douglas Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn to fly the “wrong way” to Ireland and becomes known as “Wrong Way” Corrigan.
- 1976The opening of the Summer Olympics in Montreal is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team.
- 1989First flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
- 1998Papua New Guinea earthquake: A tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake destroys 10 villages in Papua New Guinea killing an estimated 3,183, leaving 2,000 more unaccounted for and thousands more homeless.
- 2007TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. This is Brazil’s deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths.
Who were born on July 17?
- 1870Charles Davidson Dunbar, British military piper (d. 1939)
- 1932Hal Riney, American advertising executive (d. 2008)
- 1935Diahann Carroll, American actor
- 1954Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
- 1962Bill Sage, American actor
- 1963Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper
- 1965Craig Morgan, American singer
- 1966Sten Tolgfors, Swedish politician
- 1974Andy Whitfield, Welsh actor (d. 2011)
- 1978Katharine Towne, American actress
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