August 17: Zodiac, Trivia, Birthdays and Holidays

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. People born on this day are under the sign of Leo. Famous birthdays on this day include Robert De Niro (1943), Sean Penn (1960) and Thierry Henry (1977).
But much more happened on August 17 over the years: find out below

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Which were the most popular Movies released around August 17 over the years?
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Release year: 2022

Directed by: Philip Martin

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes

Release year: 2021

Directed by: Alejandro Amenabar

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Release year: 2021

Directed by: Thor Freudenthal

The Vow

The Vow

Release year: 2020

Directed by: Michael Sucsy

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange

Victor Crowley

Victor Crowley

Release year: 2017

Directed by: Adam Green

Starring: Parry Shen, Kane Hodder, Laura Ortiz, Dave Sheridan


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 17?


  • Rastafarianism - celebration of the birth of Marcus Garvey
  • Roman Empire - Portunalia in honor of Portunes


  • 2018 2018 Gaza border protests: Near the Israel-Gaza barrier, around 20,000 Palestinians demonstrate. According to medical sources, two Israeli Defense Forces personnel were killed and at least 270 more wounded by the force. 50 of these victims were shot with live ammunition.
  • 2017 2017 Barcelona Attacks: A van drove into crowds in La Rambla (Barcelona) in an attack that Spanish police call a terrorist attack. It killed at least 12 people. ISIL claims responsibility for the arrest of two suspects.
  • 2016 During a counter-terrorism raid in Saint Petersburg, Russia on an apartment block, at least four North Caucasus Islamic militants were killed by Federal Security Service (FSB).
  • 2015 2015 Attock bombing - The U.S. offers assistance to Pakistan in its investigation of Sunday's suicide bombing attack that left at least 19 dead, including Shuja Khanzada (the interior minister of Punjab Province).
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Which were the top hits in that special week of August 17 over the years?

Top #1 songs in the USA

  • 2017 - Despacito
  • 2016 - Cheap Thrills
  • 2015 - Cheerleader
  • 2014 - Rude
  • 2013 - Blurred Lines
  • 2012 - Call Me Maybe
  • 2011 - Party Rock Anthem
  • 2010 - Love The Way You Lie
  • 2009 - I Gotta Feelingyoutube
  • 2008 - I Kissed A Girl
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Top #1 Rock songs

  • 2017 - Believer
  • 2016 - Ride
  • 2015 - Shut Up And Dance
  • 2014 - A Sky Full Of Stars
  • 2013 - Radioactive
  • 2012 - Oh Love
  • 2011 - The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie
  • 2010 - The Catalyst
  • 2009 - New Divide


Which were the most popular books released around August 17 over the years?
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The Best Of Dear Abby by Abigail Van Buren

The Best Of Dear Abby

Year: 1958


This compilation includes the most provocative and wisest questions, as well as the wittiest and wisest answers that have appeared in Dear Abby's thirty-three year history of syndication.

Behind Closed Doors by Ellis M. Zacharias

Behind Closed Doors

Year: 1950


Hardcover with jacket. 1950 Putnam edition.

The Teammates by David Halberstam

The Teammates

Year: 2003


David Halberstam, who died six years ago, is still a respected journalist and an authority on American history and American life in the decades since WWII.

To Sail Beyond The Sunset by Robert A. Heinlein

To Sail Beyond The Sunset

Year: 1987


The millions of Lazarus Long fans, Heinlein’s most beloved character, will flock to this new story. It continues the adventures of The Cat Who Walked Through Walls.

Dearly Beloved by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Dearly Beloved

Year: 1962


Anne Morrow Lindbergh's bestseller, Dearly Beloved, is set in June. This is a wonderful moment when the "gathered together", not only look at this couple, but also their lives, hopes and fears.

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