April 17 holidays in 2020

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
Independence Day Syria Public Holiday
Women's Rights Day Gabon Public Holiday
Good Friday (Orthodox) Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Good Friday Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Orthodox Good Friday Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Coptic Good Friday Egypt Observance
Ethiopian Good Friday Ethiopia Public Holiday
Fast and Prayer Day Liberia Public Holiday
Herbalist Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
National Bat Appreciation Day - Unofficial (Animals)
National Ellis Island Family History Day - Unofficial (Culture & History, Relationships & Family)
National Haiku Poetry Day - Unofficial (Art & Entertainment)
National Cheeseball Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
Flag Day American Samoa Public Holiday

Historical Events on April 17

  • 1524: New York Bay is discovered by Giovanni Verrazano.
  • 1534: Sir Thomas More is imprisoned in the Tower of London.
  • 1629: The first commercial fisher is established.
  • 1704: The first successful U.S newspaper is published in the city of Boston, Massachussets by John Campbell.
  • 1863: Colonel Benjamin Grierson leds Union forces on an attack of central Mississippi as Grierson’s Raid starts during the American Civil War.
  • 1864: Plymouth in North Carolina is attacked by Confederate troops as the Battle of Plymouth starts during the American Civil War.
  • 1907: More than 11,700 people are processed by Ellis Island Immigration Center on this day.
  • 1912: Over 150 striking goldfield workers in Siberia are killed when Russian troops open fire upon them.
  • 1941: Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany during WWII.
  • 1942: French POW General Henri Giraud escapes from his prison at Konigstein Fortress.
  • 1945: Montese, Italy is liberated by Allied forces.
  • 1946: French soldiers are withdrawn from Syria.
  • 2006: Eleven people are killed and another seventy are wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber sets off a bomb at a Tel Aviv restaurant.
  • 2011: The first episode of Game of Thrones is broadcast. The show would become an almost instant hit.
  • 2013: In the city of West in Texas, fifteen people are killed and another one hundred and sixty are wounded when an explosion goes off at a fertilizer plant.
  • 2014: The first Earth-sized planet is the habitable zone of another star is found by NASA’s Kepler Space Observatory.

Famous Birthdays on April 17

  • American firefighter and inventor of modern baseball, Alexander Cartwright is born in 1820.
  • American banker and founder of J.P. Morgan & Company, J.P. Morgan is born in 1837.
  • English math and theorist, Augustus Edward Hough Love is born in 1863.
  • English physiologist Ernest Starling is born in 1866.
  • American actor William Holden is born in 1918.
  • American journalist Harry Reasoner is born in 1923.


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