All About August 17th
Holidays, Horoscope and Trivia
August 17th Holidays
- Baby Boomers Recognition Day
Baby Boomers Recognition Day takes place on August 16 because that is one of the days that Woodstock took place in 1969.
- Balloon Airmail Day
On August 17th in1859 mail was carried by air for the first time in the United States. John Wise stood next to a balloon named Jupiter in Lafayette, Indiana, waiting to do the first air mail delivery. He was given a bag with 123 letters to go deliver to New York City.
- National #2 Pencil Day
Remember in high school filling out those little bubbles on tests with your #2 pencil? Well today we celebrate those writing devices that were required in every class!
- National Black Cat Appreciation Day
On August 17th we celebrate black cats. All year round they get a bad rap for bringing bad luck. Today we show the world that isn’t true and we all really love black cats and they have just as much love to give as any other cat.
- National I LOVE My Feet Day
August 17th celebrates feet. Think of all the things you can do because of these floppy appendages, dance, run, walk, skip, hop not to mention a karate kick here and there! So show those flippers some love today!
- National Nonprofit Day
On August 17th, we observe National Nonprofit Day. This is a day to recognize the immense effort nonprofits and charities and all there volunteers put into making an impact in their communities and across the globe. Do you have a non profit you support?
- National Thrift Shop Day
There is not better time to go bargain hunting then right now on August 17th! So get to it and find some good deals!
- National Vanilla Custard Day
Here is an Old Fashioned Custard Recipe for you to try out on August 17th, National Vanilla Custard Day.
August 17th Horoscope Sign is Leo
Date range: July 23 – August 22
Color: Gold, Yellow, Orange
Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 10, 19
Traits: Leos are compassionate, caring, warmhearted people but also be arrogant, self centered and stubborn.
Famous Leos: Jennifer Lopez, Barack Obama, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Radcliffe, Alfred Hitchcock, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis. Shaun Mendes, Kylie Jenner, Cole Sprouse, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Brady, Dua Lipa, Olivia Holt and Maia Mitchell, Paul Wesley, Chris Hemsworth.
August 17th Trivia
Below is a list of historical events, famous birthdays, and other random trivia from August 17th.
- 1668 – A magnitude 8.0 earthquake causes 8,000 deaths in Anatolia, Ottoman Empire.
- 1786 – Davy
- Crockett, American soldier and politician is born in North Carolina.
- 1862 – The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
- 1893 – Mae West, American actress, playwright, and screenwriter in California was born in Bushwick, New York, NY.
- 1907 – Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle opens for the first time.
- 1908 – Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris, France.
- 1943 – Robert De Niro, American-Italian actor was born in Greenwich Village, New York, NY.
- 1945 – The novella Animal Farm by George Orwell is first published.
- 1953 – The first meeting of Narcotics Anonymous takes place, in Southern California.
- 1958 – Pioneer 0 is launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and fails. This was the first attempted launches beyond Earth orbit by any country.
- 1959 – Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.
- 1960 – Sean Penn, American actor was born in Santa Monica, CA.
- 1969 – Donnie Wahlberg, American singer-songwriter, actor and producer was born in Boston Mass.
- 1969 – Kelvin Mercer, American rapper, songwriter and producer was born in The Bronx, NY.
- 1974 – Giuliana Rancic, American-Italian reporter was born in Naples, Italy.
- 1978 – Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey, France near Paris, after launching from Presque Isle, Maine.
- 1991 – The #1 song on the Hot 100 Billboard was, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” by Bryan Adams.
- 1998 – US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and also admits he lied to the public about it.
- 2008 – Michael Phelps, American swimmer, becomes the first person to win eight gold medals at one Olympic Games.