On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 2017

Historical Events

  • Anti-immigrant One Nation party leader Pauline Hansen is widely criticized for wearing a burqa into the Australian parliament
  • Collision of two neutron stars witnessed for the first time first picked up by US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)
  • On This Day helps launch Borneo Dictionary, an online not for profit dictionary of indigenous Borneo languages with translations in English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Terror attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain as van rams into crowds killing 16, injuring 120
  • Three Hong Kong activists, Jason Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow jailed for unlawful assembly
2017 Highlights

About August 17, 2017

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 4 years, 11 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Alpha
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
  • UK #1 Song: Feels - Calvin Harris Ft. Pharrell, Katy Perry & Big Sean