About April 17

April 17, 2021 is the 107th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 258 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Aries is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 290 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 17

  • 1492
    Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.
  • 1555
    After 18 months of siege, Siena surrenders to the Florentine-Imperial army. The Republic of Siena is incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins – Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
  • 1895
    The Treaty of Shimonoseki between China and Japan is signed. This marks the end of the First Sino-Japanese War, and the defeated Qing Empire is forced to renounce its claims on Korea and to concede the southern portion of the Fengtien province, Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands to Japan.
  • 1897
    The Aurora, Texas UFO incident
  • 1905
    The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York which holds that the “right to free contract” is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
  • 1907
    The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
  • 1912
    Russian troops open fire on striking goldfield workers in northeast Siberia, killing at least 150.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
  • 1946
    Syria obtains its Independence from the French occupation.
  • 1949
    At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland.
  • 1961
    Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
  • 1964
    Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air.
  • 1969
    Czechoslovakian Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubček is deposed.
  • 1969
    Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 1970
    Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
  • 1971
    The People’s Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Mujibnagor.
  • 1982
    Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
  • 1984
    Police Constable Yvonne Fletcher is killed by gunfire from the Libyan People’s Bureau in London during a small demonstration outside the embassy. Ten others are wounded. The events lead to an 11-day siege of the building.
  • 2006
    Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70.

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