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April 17th

April 17th is the 107th day of the year (108th day in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 258 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this page, we have placed information about April 17th, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on April 17th

44 Pope Evaristus (Pope 99-107)

1676 Frederick I (King of Sweden 1720-1751)

1820 Alexander Cartwright (Baseball pioneer)

1837 J. P. Morgan (financier)

1918 William Holden (actor)

1929 James Last (band leader)

1940 Billy Fury (singer)

1940 John McCririck (horse racing pundit)

1954 "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (wrestler, actor)

1955 Pete Shelley (singer, guitarist -Buzzcocks)

1957 Nick Hornby (author)

1959 Sean Bean (actor)

1971 Claire Sweeney (actress)

1972 Jennifer Garner (actress)

1974 Victoria Beckham - "Posh Spice" - (singer)

1985 Rooney Mara (actress)

April 17th in History

1397 Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time.

Geoffrey Chaucer

1492 Christopher Columbus agrees to sail to Asia, in search of spices, for Spain.

Christopher Columbus

1521 Trial of Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms begins.

Martin Luther

1524 Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, while serving the King of France, reaches New York Harbor.

1869 Morelos admitted as a Mexican state.

1932 Haile Selassie announces anti-slavery law in Ethiopia.

Haile Selassie

1946 Syria independent from France.

1949 Ireland leaves the British Commonwealth.

1951 The Peak District becomes the UK's first national park.

1961 US-backed anti-communist guerillas invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.

1964 Ford Mustang introduced.

1969 Sirhan Sirhan convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.

1970 Apollo 13 returns to Earth safely after an accident during a mission to the Moon.

1971 Provisional Government of Bangladesh formed.

1975 Khmer Rouge occupy the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penn, ending the Cambodian civil war.

1982 Patriation of Canadian Constitution by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II

2014 Kepler telescopes discovers the first-known Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.

April 17th is also

Feast of Saint Anicetus (Catholicism)

Feast of Saint Stephen Harding (Catholicism)


People born on April 17th are Aries


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