April 17

April 17 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on April 17, include:

  • Banana Day - April 17, 2024 (Third Wednesday in April)
  • Bat Appreciation Day 
  • Blah Blah Blah Day 
  • Ellis Island Family History Day 
  • Ford Mustang Day 
  • Herbalist Day 
  • International Bat Appreciation Day 
  • Malbec World Day 
  • National Bookmobile Day - April 17, 2024 (Wednesday of National Library Week) 
  • National Cheeseball Day 
  • National Haiku Poetry Day 
  • National Kickball Day
  • Nothing Like a Dame Day
  • School Librarian Day - April 17, 2024 (Wednesday of the Second Full Week in April)
  • World Hemophilia Day

2024 Weekly Holidays that include April 17, are:

  • Astronomy Week (Spring) - April 14-20, 2024
  • California Native Plant Week - April 13-20, 2024 
  • National Animal Control Appreciation Week - April 14-20, 2024 (Second Full Week in April)
  • National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week - April 14-20, 2024 (Second Full Week in April)
  • National Green Week - February 4 - April 30, 2024 (Start First Full Week in February to April 30)
  • National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week - April 16-22, 2024
  • National Pet ID Week - April 17-23, 2024
  • National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week - April 14-20, 2024 (Second Full Week of April)
  • National Student Employment Week - April 14-20, 2024 (Second Full Week of April)
  • National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week - April 15-19, 2024
  • Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week - April 16-22, 2024
  • Orthodox Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - March 18, 2024 - May 4, 2024 (Begins on Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday)
  • Pan American Week - April 14-20, 2024 (Week that includes April 14th)
  • Undergraduate Research Week - April 15-19, 2024 (Different Universities have slightly different dates) 

2024 Monthly Holidays that include April 17, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our April Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of April.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for April 17 is Aries.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for April are:

  • Daisy - signifies innocence, loyal love, and purity
  • Sweet Pea - signify blissful pleasure, but are also used to say good-bye.


The Birthstone(s) for April is the diamond, a symbol of enduring love.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1820 - Alexander Cartwright, American inventor of Baseball (d. 1892)
  • 1837 - J.P. Morgan, American banker who founded J.P. Morgan & Co. (d. 1913)
  • 1918 - William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1923 - Harry Reasoner, American journalist (60 Minutes) (d. 1991)
  • 1951 - Olivia Hussey, Argentinian-English actress (played Juliet in the 1968 version of Romeo & Juliet)
  • 1972 - Jennifer Garner, American actress (Alias)
  • 1974 - Victoria Beckham - English singer (Spice Girls)
  • 1984 - Rosanna Davison, Irish model and actress, Miss World 2003
  • 1985 - Rooney Mara, America actress (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Famous Deaths

  • 1790 - Benjamin Franklin, US Founding father, inventor, publisher, politician, and 6th President of Pennsylvania (b. 1706)
  • 1998 - Linda McCartney, wife of Beatle, Paul McCartney, singer-songwriter (Wings) (b. 1941)
  • 2003 - Robert Atkins, American physician and cardiologist who created the Atkins diet (b. 1930)
  • 2016 - Doris Roberts, American actress (Everybody Loves Raymond) (b. 1925)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1929 - Babe Ruth marries his 2nd wife Claire Merritt
  • 1993 - Susanna Hoffs, lead singer of The Bangles, marries director Jay Roach
  • 2009 - Tennis player Andy Roddick, marries model and actress, Brooklyn Decker

Quote of the Day

April 17th is the death of Benjamin Franklin, so this quote of his seemed appropriate for the day!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

The Holidays and Observances Recipe or Food Tip of the Day for April 17, is to learn how to Cook from Scratch!

The Holidays and Observances Recipe or Food Tip of the Day for April 17, is to learn how to Cook from Scratch! Most of us do not even know what cooking from scratch means!

Cooking from scratch is a healthy diet habit that needs to be learned. It's easy, fun, and healthy!  Most of all, it will help with weight control!

Find out some more of the benefits of Cooking from Scratch from Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits. (link goes to her website)

This Day in History

  • 1817 - 1st US school for the deaf opens in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1861 - The 8th state to secede from the Union is Virginia 
  • 1907 - The Ellis Island immigration center in New York processed the most people in one day - 11,747 people
  • 1924 - MGM Studios is formed by merging Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures & Louis B. Mayer Co.
  • 1937 - Daffy Duck, Elmer J. Fudd & Petunia Pig debut
  • 1941- Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany during World War II
  • 1949 - The Republic of Ireland was formed at midnight with a 21 gun salute when 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth
  • 1961 - 1,400 Cuban exiles trained by the CIA land in the Bay of Pigs in Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow Castrol
  • 1964 - Jerrie Mock because the 1st woman to fly solo around the world
  • 1964 - Ford Mustangs are introduced in North American
  • 1969 - Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy
  • 1973 - The GSG 9, German counter-terrorist unit is founded
  • 1982 - Canada adopts its constitution
  • 2013 - An explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, kills 15 and injuries over 160 more

This Day in Music

  • 1970 - Paul McCartney released his 1st solo album "McCartney"
  • 1970 - Johnny Cash plays "A Boy Named Sue", at the White House, at the invitation of President Richard M. Nixon
  • 1971 - Joy to the World from Three Dog Night hits #1 for six weeks
  • 1971 - Each of the four ex-Beatles has a solo single on the charts in the UK, George Harrison, 'My Sweet Lord', Ringo Starr, 'It Don't Come Easy', Paul McCartney with 'Another Day', and John Lennon, 'Power to the People'.

Above, is Paul McCartney's, 'Another Day', which was the first single he released on his first solo album "McCartney" that he released on this day in 1970. His wife Linda provided vocal harmonies on the original song. She passed away on this day, in 1998.

This Day in Sports

  • 1869 - 1st professional baseball game between Cincinnati Reds (24), and Cincinnati Amateurs (15)
  • 1920 - The American Professional Football Association forms 
  • 1933 - The Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL game by beating NY Giants 23-21
  • 1939 - Joe Louis KO's Jack Roper in 1 round and wins the heavyweight boxing title
  • 1947 - Jackie Robinson bunts his 1st major league hit
  • 1968 - Oakland A's play their 1st game in the Oakland-Alameda Stadium. They lose to the Baltimore Orioles 4-1.
  • 1983 - Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500 batter

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Kasha (noun)

1. A porridge made from boiled buckwheat groats, or sometimes from other cereal groats.

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