August 17th: What is special about this date?

August 17th marks the 229th day of the Gregorian calendar year (or the 230th in case of leap years). There are 136 days remaining until the end of the year. Discover famous birthdays on August 17th, celebrities died on this date, the zodiac sign associated to August 17th and what happened on August 17th in history. On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about August 17th.


August 17th: what famous birthdays are on this date?

On August 17th there are the following famous birthdays:

  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro (1943)

    American actor, director, and businessman.

  • Sean Penn
    Sean Penn (1960)

    American actor, whose first fame was due to his marriage with madonna (8/16/1985).

  • Donnie Wahlberg
    Donnie Wahlberg (1969)

    American musician, who was a member of "the new kids on the block" along with jon, jordan knight, mcintyre, and wood.

  • Belinda Carlisle
    Belinda Carlisle (1958)

    American musician who founded an all-girl band, "the go-go's", in california 1978 with jane wiedlin and was joined by charlotte caffey...

  • Yû Aoi
    Yû Aoi (1985)

    Yû aoi is a japanese actress known for her roles in various films and television series.

  • Austin Butler
    Austin Butler (1991)

    Austin butler is a tv actor known for his roles in shows like 'the carrie diaries' and 'the shannara chronicles'.

  • Maureen O'Hara
    Maureen O'Hara (1920)

    An irish-american actress, who was especially popular in american films of the 1940s and 1950s.

  • Brady Corbet
    Brady Corbet (1988)

    Brady Corbet is an American actor, director, and writer known for his work in independent films.

  • Helen McCrory
    Helen McCrory (1968)

    British actress (b. 1968).

  • Julian Fellowes
    Julian Fellowes (1949)

    English actor, director, screenwriter, and politician.

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August 17th: who died on this date?

On August 17th the following celebrities died:

  • Billy Murray
    Billy Murray (1954)

    Singer (denver nightengale), dies at 77.

  • Pearl Bailey
    Pearl Bailey (1990)

    American entertainer, in vaudeville and nightclubs, films, and records.

  • Vivian Vance
    Vivian Vance (1979)

    Beloved American actress famous for her role as Ethel Mertz on 'I Love Lucy.

  • Yvonne Craig
    Yvonne Craig (2015)

    Yvonne Craig was an American ballet dancer and actress, best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960s Batman television series.

  • Richard Barthelmess
    Richard Barthelmess (1963)

    Actor (heroes for sales), passes away from cancer at the age of 68.

  • Draydon Carter (2010)

    Pioneering scientist known for groundbreaking research in the field of biotechnology.

  • Pandit Jasraj (2020)

    Pandit Jasraj was a renowned Hindustani classical vocalist and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

  • Liviya Gershwin (1979)

    Liviya Gershwin was an American composer and lyricist who collaborated with her brother, George Gershwin, on numerous Broadway musicals.

  • Odai Barakat (2015)

    Talented painter known for his vibrant and expressive artworks.

  • Ardenia Hall (1993)

    Known for her work in the civil rights movement.

  • See all famous people who died on August 17th


August 17th: what zodiac sign is associated with this date?

On August 17th, the zodiac sign associated with this date is Leo according to the Western Zodiac.

Leo zodiac sign

August 17th: what is special about the Leo sign?

The Leo sign encompasses people born between July 23rd and August 22nd.

You can discover Leo's personality traits and attitude and Leo's most and least compatible signs.

If you're a Leo born in August discover why August born are so special.


August 17th: what happened on this date in history?

Here's what happened on August 17th in history:

  • Aug 17, 1904: Russo-Japanese War: A Japanese infantry charge fails to take Port Arthur.
  • Aug 17, 1917: Italy declares war on Germany and Turkey
  • Aug 17, 1943: Gen Patton enters Messina, completing conquest of Sicily by Allies
  • Aug 17, 1948: Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season
  • Aug 17, 1957: Richie Ashburn, fouls hit fan Alice Roth twice in same at bat 1st one breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher
  • Aug 17, 1962: E German border guards shot and kill Peter Fechter, 18, attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector
  • Aug 17, 1978: 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon
  • Aug 17, 1986: Cindy Mackey wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
  • Aug 17, 1987: Bunt single gives Paul Molitor longest hit streak of 1980s at 32 games
  • Aug 17, 1991: West of Crescent City, California, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurs.
  • Aug 17, 2006: North Korea: ABC News reports that an American official said that the intelligence community believes that there is a possibility of a nuclear test. He also claimed that they have witnessed suspicious vehicle movement at a possible site for such a test. According to Reuters, a United States official stated that they do not have any new evidence.
  • Aug 17, 2013: Mexican Drug War: Mario Ramirez Trevino, leader of the Gulf Cartel, is detained in Tamaulipas.

What day of the year is August 17th?

August 17th marks the 229th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (or the 230th in case of leap years).

There are 136 days remaining until the end of the year.

August 17th is the 17th day of the month of August.