August 17 holidays in 2018

Holiday nameHoliday locationHoliday type
Statehood Day in Hawaii
United states (Hawaii) State Holiday
Chi Hsi Festival
Taiwan Observance
Flag Day
Bolivia Observance
Double Seven Festival
China Observance
Gold Cup Parade
Canada (Prince Edward Island) Local Holiday
Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day
Slovenia Observance
Independence Day
Gabon Public Holiday

Historical Events on August 17

  • 1862: Major General J. E. B. Stuart is given command of all the cavalry of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War on this day.
  • 1862: During the American Indian Wars, the Dakota War of 1862 begins on this day in Minnesota. It begins when Lakota warrior strike out at white settlements along the Minnesota River.
  • 1863: Union ships bombard Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina during the American Civil War.
  • 1908: The first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie by Émile Cohl, is given a showing in Paris, France.
  • 1914: During the Battle of Stallupönen during WWI, General Hermann von François leads German forces against a Russian force commanded by Paul von Rennenkampf.
  • 1915: When a 13-year old girl is murdered in Marietta, Georgia, a Jewish-American named Leo Frank is blamed for it and lynched by a mob.
  • 1942: During World War II, United States Marines attack the Pacific island that is held by Japanese forces called Makin.
  • 1943: 60 American bombers are lost by the U.S 8th Air Force during their raid on the Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission.
  • 1943: The Royal Air Force undertakes Operation Hydra – the first air raid against Germany’s V-rocket program.
  • 1943: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and William Lyon Mackenzie King attend the First Québec Conference during World War II.
  • 1970: Venera 7 is launched by the Soviet Union from Baikonur Cosmodrome. This spacecraft will eventually become the first craft to transmit from another planet when it transmits from Venus.
  • 1977: The first surface ship to reach the North Pole is the Soviet vessel Arktika.
  • 1998: United States President Bill Clinton admits that he had an improper sexual relationship with then White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Famous Birthdays on August 17

  • American actress and screenwriter Mae West is born in 1893.
  • American general and engineer Leslie Groves is born in 1896.
  • American journalist and politician Mary Cain is born in 1904.
  • American actor and director Robert De Niro is born in 1943.
  • French Pianist and conductor Jean-Bernard Pommier is born in 1944.
  • American author, poet and teacher Rachel Pollak is born in 1945.
  • American screenwriter, director and producer Martha Coolidge is born in 1946.