Get your FREE daily horoscope!

What happened on April 17? There are more than 255 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About April 17

April 17 In HistoryApril 17 is the 107th day of the year 2018. There are 258 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 16th week of the year 2018.

On this day in Cleveland, Minnesota 56017 sunrise occured at 11:26 AM and sunset occured at 01:02 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aries. The modern birthstone for this month is Diamond while the mystical birthstone is Opal.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 294 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019).

Birthday curiousity Is April 17 your birthday? Are you not curious to find some fun facts about your birthday? Find out ‘what my birthday mean’ and what was the number one song on my day of birth. Get a free ninja poster! (Sponsored link)

Historical Events For April 17

  • 69
    After the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor.
  • 1080
    King of Denmark Harald III dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized.
  • 1397
    Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) the start of the book’s pilgrimage to Canterbury.
  • 1492
    Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.
  • 1521
    Martin Luther speaks to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.
  • 1524
    Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.
  • 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.
  • 1797
    Citizens of Verona, Italy, begin an eight-day rebellion against the French occupying forces, which will end unsuccessfully.
  • 1797
    Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein.
  • 1944
    Forces of the Communist-controlled Greek People’s Liberation Army attack the smaller National and Social Liberation resistance group, which surrenders. Its leader Dimitrios Psarros is murdered.
  • 1945
    Brazilian forces liberate the town of Montese, Italy, from German Nazi forces.
  • 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.
  • 1951
    The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom’s first National Park.
  • 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.
  • 1975
    The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.
  • 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.
  • 1986
    The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends.
  • 2006
    Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70.

Who Were Born On April 17?

  • 1278
    Michael IX Palaeologus, co-ruling Eastern Roman Emperor (d. 1320)
  • 1573
    Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (d. 1651)
  • 1586
    John Ford, English dramatist
  • 1598
    Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (d. 1671)
  • 1620
    Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (d. 1700)
  • 1622
    Henry Vaughan, Welsh poet (d. 1695)
  • 1710
    Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (d. 1767)
  • 1734
    Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)
  • 1741
    Samuel Chase, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1811)
  • 1750
    François de Neufchâteau, French statesman and intellectual figure (d. 1828)
  • 1756
    Dheeran Chinnamalai, Indian Freedom Fighter, Tamil Revolutionist (d. 1805)
  • 1794
    Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (d. 1868)
  • 1798
    Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (d. 1840)
  • 1814
    Josif Pančić, Serbian botanist (d. 1888)
  • 1816
    Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder (d. 1876)
  • 1820
    Alexander Joy Cartwright, Inventor of the Modern Game of Baseball (d. 1892)
  • 1833
    Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer (d. 1900)
  • 1837
    J. P. Morgan, American financier (d. 1913)
  • 1842
    Maurice Rouvier, French statesman (d. 1911)
  • 1849
    William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1923)
  • 1852
    Cap Anson, American Baseball Hall of Famer
  • 1863
    Augustus Edward Hough Love, English mathematician (d. 1940)
  • 1865
    Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (d. 1939)
  • 1866
    Ernest Starling, British physiologist (d. 1927)
  • 1877
    Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat (d. 1949)
  • 1878
    Emil Fuchs, German-born American attorney and baseball owner (d. 1961)
  • 1882
    Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist (d. 1951)
  • 1884
    Leo Frank, American victim of lynching (d. 1915)
  • 1885
    Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Danish author (d. 1962)
  • 1890
    Art Acord, American actor and rodeo rider (d. 1931)
  • 1891
    George Adamski, Polish-American author and ufologist (d. 1965)
  • 1896
    Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (d. 1999)
  • 1897
    Thornton Wilder, American dramatist (d. 1975)
  • 1902
    Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician (d. 1974)
  • 1903
    Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian cellist (d. 1976)
  • 1903
    Morgan Taylor, American athlete (d. 1975)
  • 1905
    Arthur Lake, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1905
    Louis Jean Heydt, American actor d. 1960
  • 1906
    Sidney R. Garfield, American physician (d. 1984)
  • 1909
    Alain Poher, French politician (d. 1996)
  • 1910
    Evangelos Averoff, Greek politician (d. 1990)
  • 1910
    Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1911
    Lester Rodney, American journalist (d. 2009)
  • 1912
    Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-born actress and singer, naturalized citizen of the United States
  • 1914
    George W. Davis, American art director (d. 1984)
  • 1915
    Joe Foss, United States Marine and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1915
    Martin Clemens, Scottish guerilla fighter (d. 2009)
  • 1915
    Sirimavo Bandaranaike, A Sri Lankan politician and the world’s first female head of government (d. 2000)
  • 1916
    Helenio Herrera, French footballer player and manager (d. 1997)
  • 1917
    Bill Clements, American politician
  • 1918
    William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1919
    Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer
  • 1919
    Gilles Lamontagne, French Canadian politician
  • 1923
    Harry Reasoner, American journalist (d. 1991)
  • 1923
    Lindsay Anderson, English film director (d. 1994)
  • 1923
    Solly Hemus, American baseball player
  • 1925
    Erich Göstl, German War Hero (d. 1990)
  • 1926
    Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • 1928
    Cynthia Ozick, American writer
  • 1929
    James Last, German band leader
  • 1929
    Michael Forest, American actor
  • 1929
    Peggy McKercher, 11th Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan)
  • 1930
    Chris Barber, British jazz band leader
  • 1934
    Don Kirshner, American composer (d. 2011)
  • 1937
    Ferdinand Piëch, Austrian-German automotive engineer and executive
  • 1938
    Ben Barnes, American politician
  • 1938
    Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism
  • 1939
    Robert Miller, American art dealer (d. 2011)
  • 1940
    Anja Silja, German soprano
  • 1940
    Billy Fury, British singer (d. 1983)
  • 1940
    John McCririck, English television horse racing pundit
  • 1942
    David Bradley, British actor
  • 1942
    Kenas Aroi, Nauruan politician
  • 1947
    Linda Martin, Irish singer
  • 1947
    Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
  • 1948
    Jan Hammer, Czech composer
  • 1950
    Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner
  • 1950
    L. Scott Caldwell, American actress
  • 1951
    Börje Salming, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1951
    Olivia Hussey, Argentine-born actress
  • 1952
    Željko Ražnatović, Serbian warlord (d. 2000)
  • 1954
    Lester Square, Canadian musician
  • 1954
    Michael Sembello, American musician
  • 1954
    Riccardo Patrese, Italian race car driver
  • 1954
    Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1955
    Pete Shelley, British musician
  • 1955
    Todd Lickliter, American basketball coach
  • 1957
    Nick Hornby, English author
  • 1957
    Susan Roman, Canadian voice actress
  • 1959
    Sean Bean, English actor
  • 1961
    Boomer Esiason, American football player and commentator
  • 1961
    Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader
  • 1963
    Joel Murray, American actor
  • 1964
    Ken Daneyko, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1964
    Lela Rochon, American actress
  • 1964
    Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle)
  • 1965
    William Mapother, American actor
  • 1965
    Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner
  • 1966
    Vikram, Indian actor
  • 1967
    Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-born Scottish actor
  • 1967
    Kimberly Elise, American actress
  • 1967
    Leslie Bega, American actress
  • 1967
    Liz Phair, American musician/songwriter
  • 1967
    Marquis Grissom, American baseball player
  • 1967
    Timothy Gibbs, American actor
  • 1968
    Prince Maurits of the Netherlands
  • 1970
    Redman, American rapper
  • 1972
    Claire Sweeney, English actress
  • 1972
    Gary Bennett, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Jarkko Wiss, Finnish Footballer
  • 1972
    Jennifer Garner, American actress
  • 1972
    Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1972
    Terran Sandwith, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1972
    Tony Boselli, American football player
  • 1972
    Yuichi Nishimura, Japan referee football player
  • 1973
    Brett Maher, Australian basketballer
  • 1973
    Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler
  • 1973
    Theo Ratliff, American basketball player
  • 1974
    Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth)
  • 1974
    Victoria Beckham, English singer (Spice Girls)
  • 1975
    Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor
  • 1975
    Travis Roy, American hockey player
  • 1976
    Aňa Geislerová, Czech actress
  • 1976
    Alex Nesic, American actor
  • 1976
    Monet Mazur, American actress and musician
  • 1977
    Chad Hedrick, American speed skater
  • 1977
    Frederik Magle, Danish composer, organist and pianist
  • 1977
    Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon)
  • 1977
    Sizzla, Jamaican dancehall artist
  • 1978
    Jason White, Scottish rugby player
  • 1978
    Lindsay Hartley, American actress
  • 1978
    Loukas Louka, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • 1979
    Eric Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Siddharth Narayan, Indian actor
  • 1979
    Sung Si Kyung, Korean singer
  • 1980
    Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer/boxer
  • 1980
    Fabián Andrés Vargas, Colombian football player
  • 1980
    Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
  • 1980
    Nicholas D'Agosto, American television and film actor
  • 1981
    Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer
  • 1981
    Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Zhang Yaokun, Chinese football player
  • 1982
    Brad Boyes, Canadian hockey player
  • 1982
    Lee Jun Ki, South Korean actor and model
  • 1983
    Andrea Marcato, Italian rugby player
  • 1983
    Roberto Jimenez, Peruvian football player
  • 1983
    Stanislav Chistov, Russian hockey player
  • 1984
    Jed Lowrie, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player
  • 1989
    Paraskevi Papahristou, Greek triple jumper
  • 1990
    Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer
  • 1990
    Nari Yang Kim, South Korean diplomat
  • 1995
    Paulie Litt, American actor
  • 1996
    Dee Dee Davis, American actress

Who Died On April 17?

  • 326
    Alexander of Alexandria, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 485
    Proclus, Greek philosopher (b. 412)
  • 617
    Donnán of Eigg, Celtic Christian martyr, patron saint of Eigg
  • 1080
    King Harald III of Denmark (b. 1041)
  • 1427
    John IV, Duke of Brabant (b. 1403)
  • 1539
    George, Duke of Saxony (b. 1471)
  • 1574
    Joachim Camerarius, German classical scholar (b. 1500)
  • 1680
    Kateri Tekakwitha, first American Indian to receive beatification (b. 1656)
  • 1695
    Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexican writer
  • 1696
    Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, French writer (b. 1626)
  • 1711
    Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1678)
  • 1713
    David Hollatz, Pomeranian dogmatician (b. 1648)
  • 1742
    Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (b. 1664)
  • 1761
    Thomas Bayes, English mathematician
  • 1764
    Johann Mattheson, German composer (b. 1681)
  • 1790
    Benjamin Franklin, American inventor, diplomat, and printer (b. 1706)
  • 1799
    Richard Jupp, English architect (b. 1728)
  • 1843
    Samuel Morey, American inventor (b. 1762)
  • 1849
    Pedro Ignacio de Castro Barros, Argentine statesman and priest (b. 1777)
  • 1873
    Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (b. 1783)
  • 1882
    George Jennings Sanitary engineer (b. 1810)
  • 1892
    Alexander Mackenzie, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1822)
  • 1902
    Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (b. 1822)
  • 1921
    Manwel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (b. 1860)
  • 1930
    Alexander Golovin, Russian painter (b. 1863)
  • 1933
    Konstantine Marjanishvili, Georgian theatre director (b. 1872)
  • 1936
    Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck, Dutch Prime Minister (b. 1873)
  • 1937
    Yi Sang, Korean poet (b. 1910)
  • 1941
    Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • 1942
    Jean Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
  • 1944
    Dimitrios Psarros, Greek army officer and resistance fighter (b. 1893)
  • 1944
    J.T. Hearne, English cricketer (b. 1867)
  • 1954
    Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
  • 1960
    Eddie Cochran, American musician (b. 1938)
  • 1967
    Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1908)
  • 1975
    Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher (b. 1888)
  • 1976
    Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1977
    William Conway, Irish cardinal (b. 1913)
  • 1983
    Felix Pappalardi, American musician and recording producer (b. 1939) (Mountain)
  • 1984
    Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • 1985
    Evadne Price (aka Helen Zenna Smith), British writer (b. 1896)
  • 1985
    Takis Miliadis, Greek actor (b. 1922)
  • 1987
    Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • 1987
    Dick Shawn, Actor and Comedian (b. 1923)
  • 1988
    Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (b. 1900)
  • 1990
    Reverend Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights activist (b. 1936)
  • 1993
    Turgut Ozal, 8th president of Turkey (b. 1927)
  • 1994
    Roger Wolcott Sperry, American neurobiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1913)
  • 1995
    Frank E. Resnik, American business executive (b. 1928)
  • 1996
    Piet Hein, Danish scientist and poet (b. 1905)
  • 1997
    Allan Francovich, American documentarian (b. 1941)
  • 1997
    Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983–1993) (b. 1918)
  • 1998
    Linda McCartney, American designer and photographer (b. 1941)
  • 2003
    Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2003
    H. B. Bailey, American racing driver (b. 1936)
  • 2003
    John Paul Getty Jr., American-born philanthropist (b. 1932)
  • 2003
    Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)
  • 2003
    Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon (b. 1910)
  • 2004
    Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (b. 1908)
  • 2004
    Soundarya, Indian actress (b. 1971)
  • 2006
    Scott Brazil, American television producer and director. (b. 1955)
  • 2007
    Gil Dobrică, Romanian singer (b. 1946)
  • 2007
    Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality (b. 1910)
  • 2008
    Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2008
    Danny Federici, American organ player (E-Street Band) (b. 1950)
  • 2011
    AJ Perez, Filipino teen actor (b. 1993)
  • 2011
    Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (b. 1926)
  • 2011
    Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)


Bookmark, Share, Like Or Link To This Page:

 

Get your FREE daily horoscope!