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Monday 17 April 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Flag Day (American Samoa)

Events

  • 2014 – NASA's Kepler space observatory confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.
  • 1951 – The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
  • 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 to the United States Constitution.
  • 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.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins: Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Grierson's Raid begins: Troops under Union Army Colonel Benjamin Grierson attack central Mississippi.
  • 1861 – The state of Virginia's secession convention votes to secede from the United States, becoming the 8th state to join the Confederate States of America.
  • 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) as the start of the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury.
  • 1080 – Harald III of Denmark dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized.

Births

  • 1985 – Rooney Mara, American actress
  • 1984 – Jed Lowrie, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Lindsay Hartley, American actress
  • 1977 – Chad Hedrick, American speed skater
  • 1975 – Travis Roy, American ice hockey player
  • 1973 – Theo Ratliff, American basketball player
  • 1972 – Gary Bennett, American baseball player
  • 1972 – Jennifer Garner, American actress
  • 1972 – Tony Boselli, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Redman, American rapper, producer, and actor
  • 1968 – Phil Henderson, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1967 – Kimberly Elise, American actress
  • 1967 – Liz Phair, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1967 – Marquis Grissom, American baseball player and coach
  • 1964 – Lela Rochon, American actress
  • 1964 – Maynard James Keenan, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1961 – Boomer Esiason, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Frank J. Christensen, American labor union leader
  • 1957 – Afrika Bambaataa, American disc jockey
  • 1955 – Todd Lickliter, American basketball player and coach
  • 1954 – Michael Sembello, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1952 – Joe Alaskey, American voice actor (d. 2016)
  • 1948 – Alice Harden, American educator and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1947 – Sherrie Levine, American photographer
  • 1943 – Richard Allen Epstein, American lawyer, author, and academic
  • 1942 – Buster Williams, American jazz musician
  • 1940 – Chuck Menville, American animator and screenwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1939 – Robert Miller, American art dealer (d. 2011)
  • 1938 – Ben Barnes, American businessman and politician, 36th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
  • 1938 – Kerry Wendell Thornley, American theorist and author (d. 1988)
  • 1938 – Ronald H. Miller, American theologian, author, and academic (d. 2011)
  • 1935 – Bud Paxson, American broadcaster, founded Home Shopping Network and Pax TV (d. 2015)
  • 1934 – Don Kirshner, American songwriter and producer (d. 2011)
  • 1931 – Malcolm Browne, American journalist and photographer (d. 2012)
  • 1929 – James Last, German-American bassist, composer, and bandleader (d. 2015)
  • 1928 – Cynthia Ozick, American short story writer, novelist, and essayist
  • 1928 – Victor Lownes, American businessman (d. 2017)
  • 1927 – Margot Honecker, East German politician and First Lady (d. 2016)
  • 1924 – Donald Richie, American-Japanese author and critic (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Harry Reasoner, American soldier and journalist (d. 1991)
  • 1923 – Solly Hemus, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1918 – William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1915 – Joe Foss, American general and politician, 20th Governor of South Dakota (d. 2003)
  • 1914 – George Davis, American art director (d. 1984)
  • 1914 – Mac Raboy, American illustrator (d. 1967)
  • 1912 – Marta Eggerth, Jewish-Hungarian-American actress and singer (d. 2013)
  • 1911 – Lester Rodney, American soldier and journalist (d. 2009)
  • 1906 – Sidney Garfield, American physician, co-founded Kaiser Permanente (d. 1984)
  • 1905 – Arthur Lake, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1905 – Louis Jean Heydt, American journalist and actor (d. 1960)
  • 1903 – Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist and educator (d. 1976)
  • 1903 – Morgan Taylor, American hurdler and coach (d. 1975)
  • 1903 – Nicolas Nabokov, Russian-American composer and educator (d. 1978)
  • 1897 – Thornton Wilder, American novelist and playwright (d. 1975)
  • 1896 – Señor Wences, Spanish-American ventriloquist (d. 1999)
  • 1895 – Robert Dean Frisbie, American soldier and author (d. 1948)
  • 1891 – George Adamski, Polish-American ufologist and author (d. 1965)
  • 1878 – Emil Fuchs, German-American lawyer and businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1865 – Ursula Ledóchowska, Polish-Austrian nun and saint, founded the Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus (d. 1939)
  • 1852 – Cap Anson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1922)
  • 1849 – William R. Day, American jurist and politician, 36th United States Secretary of State (d. 1923)
  • 1837 – J. P. Morgan, American banker and financier, founded J.P. Morgan & Co. (d. 1913)
  • 1820 – Alexander Cartwright, American firefighter and inventor of baseball (d. 1892)
  • 1766 – Collin McKinney, American surveyor, merchant, and politician (d. 1861)
  • 1741 – Samuel Chase, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1811)
  • 1620 – Marguerite Bourgeoys, French-Canadian nun and saint, founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal (d. 1700)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Doris Roberts, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – A. Alfred Taubman, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Francis George, American cardinal (b. 1937)
  • 2015 – Jeremiah J. Rodell, American general (b. 1921)
  • 2015 – Robert P. Griffin, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1923)
  • 2015 – Scotty Probasco, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Wojciech Leśnikowski, Polish–American architect and academic (b. 1938)
  • 2012 – J. Quinn Brisben, American educator and politician (b. 1934)
  • 2012 – Jonathan V. Plaut, American rabbi and author (b. 1942)
  • 2012 – Stanley Rogers Resor, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 9th United States Secretary of the Army (b. 1917)
  • 2011 – Robert Vickrey, American artist and author (b. 1926)
  • 2008 – Danny Federici, American organist and accordion player (b. 1950)
  • 2007 – Kitty Carlisle, American actress, singer, socialite and game show panelist (b. 1910)
  • 2006 – Henderson Forsythe, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2006 – Scott Brazil, American director and producer (b. 1955)
  • 2003 – Earl King, American blues singer, guitarist and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2003 – H. B. Bailey, American race car driver (b. 1936)
  • 2003 – John Paul Getty, Jr., American-English philanthropist (b. 1932)
  • 2003 – Robert Atkins, American physician and cardiologist, created the Atkins diet (b. 1930)
  • 1998 – Linda McCartney, American photographer, activist, and musician (b. 1941)
  • 1995 – Frank E. Resnik, American sergeant and businessman (b. 1928)
  • 1994 – Roger Wolcott Sperry, American psychologist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
  • 1990 – Ralph Abernathy, American minister and activist (b. 1936)
  • 1988 – Louise Nevelson, Ukrainian-American sculptor and educator (b. 1900)
  • 1987 – Dick Shawn, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 1984 – Claude Provost, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • 1983 – Felix Pappalardi, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (b. 1939)
  • 1967 – Red Allen, American singer and trumpet player (b. 1908)
  • 1961 – Elda Anderson, American physicist and health researcher (b. 1899)
  • 1960 – Eddie Cochran, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1938)
  • 1944 – Dimitrios Psarros, Greek lieutenant, founded the National and Social Liberation (b. 1893)
  • 1942 – Jean Baptiste Perrin, French-American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
  • 1888 – E. G. Squier, American archaeologist and journalist (b. 1821)
  • 1882 – George Jennings, English engineer and plumber, invented the Flush toilet (b. 1810)
  • 1843 – Samuel Morey, American engineer (b. 1762)
  • 1840 – Hannah Webster Foster, American journalist and author (b. 1758)
  • 1790 – Benjamin Franklin, American inventor, publisher, and politician, 6th President of Pennsylvania (b. 1706)
  • 1680 – Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk-born Native American saint (b. 1656)
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