August 17

August 17 Holidays and Events

 

Historical Milestones

August 17 marks significant historical events across the world. In 682, this date saw the start of Pope Leo II’s pontificate. Moving forward to 1180, Japan was under turmoil as Yoritomo Minamoto initiated an uprising against Kiyomori Taira who had his grandson enthroned as Emperor Antoku.

In Europe, the year 1544 witnessed the French city of Saint-Dizier being taken by the Imperial Army of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. This event unfolded during the Italian War. Several centuries later, the Peace of Bergerac was signed in 1577, easing religious tensions between the Huguenots and the French Crown.

The enlightenment of innovation was seen in 1807 when Robert Fulton initiated the commercial steamboat service with the “Clermont”. Further on in 1943, a significant Allied military operation took place during World War II—the Allied conquest of Sicily—later leading to the downfall of the Axis powers in Italy.

Transitioning to pivotal moments in the journey of nations, on August 17, 1945, marked a monumental day for Indonesia as it proclaimed its independence from Dutch rule, led by Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta. The declaration set the stage for the Indonesian National Revolution.

In 1978, a first in the realm of aeronautics was made when the Double Eagle II became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic. And in recent years, the date also reflects a moment of triumph as Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, an unprecedented feat in the history of the Olympic Games.

The aforementioned events on August 17 have etched their names in the annals of history, each contributing to a past that showcases human resilience, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of peace and independence.

Pop Culture

August 17th is a notable date in pop culture for various reasons. First, in the realm of cinema, two eminent actors celebrate their birthdays. Robert De Niro, acclaimed for his roles in classics such as “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” was born on this day in 1943. His contributions to film have earned him numerous awards, including two Academy Awards. Sean Penn, another respected actor known for films like “Mystic River” and “Milk,” was also born on August 17, in 1960. Penn has received multiple accolades, including two Oscars.

Additionally, August 17 has a historical connection to the music industry. It marks the birthday of the British rock band The Who’s lead singer, Roger Daltrey. The Who are widely recognized for their influence on rock music and for producing enduring hits such as “Baba O’Riley” and “My Generation.”

  • Awards and Historical Figures:
    • Pulitzer Prizes are typically announced in April; therefore, August does not have a direct link to the announcement of these prestigious awards.
    • On August 17, 1887, Marcus Garvey, a prominent political leader and proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, was born.

In sports, August 17 does not have a significant event directly related to the Philadelphia Phillies, but it does exist within the heart of MLB’s regular season, where the Phillies might be vying for playoff positioning.

When looking at the wider international scale, August 17th does not hold any substantial pop culture events tied specifically to France or Germany. However, both countries have rich cultural histories that include numerous events and celebrations throughout the year.

Celebrations and Famous Birthdays

August 17th is marked with a variety of celebrations and noteworthy birthdays of influential figures throughout history. Below is an encompassing list of distinguished individuals born on this date:

  • Davy Crockett (1786 – 1836): An American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician, celebrated for his spirited defense of the Alamo.
  • Robert Fulton (1765 – 1815): This American engineer and inventor heralded the age of steamboats with the creation of the steamship ‘Clermont.’

Famous birthdays on August 17th also include:

Year Name Known for
1943 Robert De Niro Academy Award-winning actor renowned for his roles in films like “The Godfather Part II” and “Raging Bull.”
1985 Michael Phelps Decorated Olympian and swimmer, holding the record for the most Olympic gold medals.

While the day commemorates the lives of significant historical figures, it also recognizes more contemporary personalities:

  • The Kid Laroi (born 2003): A rapper who gained fame at a young age.
  • Austin Butler (born 1991): An actor known for his work in television.
  • Leilani Green (born 2001) and Cody Orlove (born 2001): Both popular for their content creation on social media platforms.

Aside from individual birthdays, the date holds historical significance:

  • The death of General George S. Patton took place on December 21, 1945, but his storied military career and leadership during World War II are often recalled and studied by historians around mid-August.
  • Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (1924 – 1988), the 6th President of Pakistan’s anniversary of his passing is observed on August 17th.
  • The anniversary of the lynching of Leo Frank (1884 – 1915), a Jewish-American factory superintendent wrongfully convicted of murder, is a somber reminder of the injustices of the early 20th century.

August 17th serves as a tapestry, interweaving various threads of human endeavor, achievement, and memory through the personal milestones of globally recognized figures.

 

Zodiac

The Zodiac sign for August 17 is Leo ♌.

Horoscope for August 17

Aries ♈
August 17 is a day for Aries to focus on self-care and relaxation...

August 17 is a day for Aries to focus on self-care and relaxation. Take some time to unwind and recharge your energy. Engage in activities that bring you joy and peace, whether it's spending time in nature or indulging in a favorite hobby.

Taurus ♉
Taurus, August 17 brings opportunities for creativity and self-expression...

Taurus, August 17 brings opportunities for creativity and self-expression. Embrace your artistic side and explore new ways to express yourself. Your unique talents will shine brightly today.

Gemini ♊
Today, Gemini, focus on nurturing your relationships and connecting with loved ones...

Today, Gemini, focus on nurturing your relationships and connecting with loved ones. Reach out to friends and family members, and cherish the bonds that bring joy and support to your life.

Cancer ♋
August 17 encourages Cancer to prioritize their well-being...

August 17 encourages Cancer to prioritize their well-being. Take time to care for your physical and emotional health. Engage in activities that promote balance and inner harmony.

Leo ♌
Leo, today is a day to pursue your passions and dreams with unwavering determination...

Leo, today is a day to pursue your passions and dreams with unwavering determination. Trust in your abilities and take bold steps toward your goals. Your courage and ambition will lead to success.

Virgo ♍
Virgo, August 17 invites you to focus on creating a peaceful and harmonious environment...

Virgo, August 17 invites you to focus on creating a peaceful and harmonious environment. Whether at home or work, seek to bring balance and serenity to your surroundings. Your attention to detail will make a positive impact.

Libra ♎
Today, Libra, embrace your natural diplomacy and seek to resolve any conflicts or misunderstandings...

Today, Libra, embrace your natural diplomacy and seek to resolve any conflicts or misunderstandings. Your ability to bring people together and find common ground will lead to positive outcomes.

Scorpio ♏
August 17 encourages Scorpio to embrace change and transformation...

August 17 encourages Scorpio to embrace change and transformation. Embrace new opportunities and let go of old patterns that no longer serve you. Trust in the process of growth and renewal.

Sagittarius ♐
Sagittarius, today is a day for expanding your horizons and seeking new experiences...

Sagittarius, today is a day for expanding your horizons and seeking new experiences. Embrace adventure and explore unfamiliar territories. Your thirst for knowledge and discovery will lead to exciting opportunities.

Capricorn ♑
August 17 is a day for Capricorn to focus on their professional ambitions...

August 17 is a day for Capricorn to focus on their professional ambitions. Set clear goals and take proactive steps toward achieving them. Your dedication and hard work will lead to significant progress.

Aquarius ♒
Today, Aquarius, focus on nurturing your emotional well-being and seeking inner fulfillment...

Today, Aquarius, focus on nurturing your emotional well-being and seeking inner fulfillment. Engage in activities that bring you joy and peace, and prioritize self-care and relaxation.

Pisces ♓
Pisces, August 17 brings opportunities for meaningful connections and heartfelt conversations...

Pisces, August 17 brings opportunities for meaningful connections and heartfelt conversations. Reach out to loved ones and express your feelings openly. Your empathy and compassion will strengthen your relationships.

When is August 17?

No, it's not August 17 today. There are 117 days until August 17, 2024.

You can learn more about what day it is and what we celebrate today here.