About July 17

July 17, 2021 is the 198th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 167 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Cancer is the sun 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 199 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On July 17

  • 180
    Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. This is the earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.
  • 1453
    Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Castillon: The French under Jean Bureau defeat the English under the Earl of Shrewsbury, who is killed in the battle in Gascony.
  • 1791
    Members of the French National Guard under the command of General Lafayette open fire on a crowd of radical Jacobins at the Champ de Mars, Paris, during the French Revolution, killing as many as 50 people.
  • 1794
    The sixteen Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne are executed 10 days prior to the end of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.
  • 1856
    The Great Train Wreck of 1856 in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, kills over 60 people.
  • 1867
    Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston. It was the first dental school in the U.S.
  • 1918
    The RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic, is sunk off Ireland by the German SMU U-55; 5 lives are lost.
  • 1932
    Altona Bloody Sunday.
  • 1933
    After successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Lithuanian research aircraft Lituanica crashes in Europe under mysterious circumstances.
  • 1938
    Douglas Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn to fly the “wrong way” to Ireland and becomes known as “Wrong Way” Corrigan.
  • 1944
    Port Chicago disaster: Near the San Francisco Bay, two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, killing 320.
  • 1975
    Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: An American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock with each other in orbit marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations.
  • 1976
    History of East Timor: East Timor is annexed, and becomes the 27th province of Indonesia.
  • 1976
    The opening of the Summer Olympics in Montreal is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team.
  • 1979
    Nicaraguan president General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigns and flees to Miami, Florida.
  • 1981
    The opening of the Humber Bridge by HM The Queen in England.
  • 1989
    First flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
  • 1996
    TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.
  • 1998
    A diplomatic conference adopts the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, establishing a permanent international court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crime against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
  • 2009
    Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners.

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