July 17: Day of the Week
July 17, 2020 is the 199th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 167 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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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)
- 1717King George I of Great Britain sails down the River Thames with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel’s Water Music is premiered.
- 1899NEC Corporation is organized as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital.
- 1932Altona Bloody Sunday.
- 1936Spanish Civil War: An Armed Forces rebellion against the recently-elected leftist Popular Front government of Spain starts the civil war.
- 1944Port Chicago disaster: Near the San Francisco Bay, two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, killing 320.
- 1955Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.
- 1968A revolution occurs in Iraq when Abdul Rahman Arif is overthrown and the Ba'ath Party is installed as the governing power in Iraq with Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr as the new Iraqi President.
- 1976The opening of the Summer Olympics in Montreal is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team.
- 1981The opening of the Humber Bridge by HM The Queen in England.
- 1989First flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
Who were born on July 17?
- 1674Isaac Watts, English hymnwriter (d. 1748)
- 1868Henri Nathansen, Danish writer and stage director (d. 1944)
- 1913Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (d. 1997)
- 1918Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (d. 2003)
- 1933Tony Pithey, South African Cricketer (d. 2006)
- 1939Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran
- 1947Wolfgang Flür, German musician (Kraftwerk)
- 1950Phoebe Snow, American singer/songwriter (d. 2011)
- 1976Luke Bryan, American musician
- 1980Javier Camuñas, Spanish footballer
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