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 June 17
1859: Santa Ana winds roasted fruit on the trees in California
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Birthday Lore for June 17
You have a blithe, happy-go-lucky manner and are friendly and entertaining. You are artistic, idealistic, and sometimes impractical; sympathetic; loving; and devoted to your home life. You enjoy travel and its educational value and are eager to improve yourself. You will have a pleasant home life.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1943: James Ludlow Elliot (astronomer who discovered the rings of Uranus)
Born 1980: Venus Williams (tennis player)
Born 1914: John Hersey (novelist)
On This Day in History
1862: Plow and gun combo patented
1942: Army weekly magazine, Yank, coined the term "G.I. Joe" in a comic strip drawn by Dave Breger
1579: Sir Francis Drake landed on the Pacific Coast
Signs of the Zodiac
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
The Twins. Ruling planet: Mercury. Element: Air. Quality: The intellect. Ability: Writing and communications. You are the witty communicators of the zodiac. Words trip lightly off your tongue under any and all circumstances. You possess natural gifts for writing and speaking and are often drawn into fields where you can express your abilities.You love being part of your local community, and you can be counted upon to know and pass along most of the current gossip. Friends use you as a resource when seeking information about a particular service or product. Generally positive, you enjoy being cheerful, and you search for the lightness in all things.