Many readers ask The Old Farmer's Almanac what happened on their birthday--or the birthday of a loved one.. To help out, we've put together an everything-birthdays page! Find fun birthday facts, birthday history, folklore, and more!
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Weather History for January 17
1982: Washington, D.C., had a temperature of -5 degrees F
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Birthday Lore for January 17
Through perseverance and adapting yourself, you will gain success. You are fair-minded, just, and affectionate. Your true happiness will be found in a deep and trusting love.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1706: Benjamin Franklin (statesman)
Born 1939: Maury Povich (talk show host)
Born 1948: Mick Taylor (musician)
On This Day in History
1966: Simon and Garfunkel released their album, "Sounds of Silence"
1871: Andrew S. Hallidie received a patent for a cable car system
1949: The first Volkswagen Beetle arrived in the United States from Germany
Signs of the Zodiac
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19)
The Mountain Goat. Ruling planet: Saturn. Element: Earth. Quality: Discipline. Ability: Working for goals.You are the hardest-working members of the zodiac. Able to organize your thoughts and create specific plans, you set goals and work toward them. You seek to prove to the world that you are capable and efficient, and you don’t rest until you have either a title after your name or a business of your own.Born old, you begin life with a serious start. Responsibility is often emphasized in your youth, and you are encouraged to make something of yourself. Once accomplishment becomes yours, however, look out! All of a sudden, the fun side of you becomes apparent, and your dry wit finds increasing opportunities for expression.