What are the important events that happened on March 17? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

March 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 17 is the 76th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 4, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,489,708,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘heptacontahexagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 339 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,547 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 17 Historical Events

  • 45 BC
    In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
  • 1337
    Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England.
  • 1805
    The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
  • 1861
    The Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) is proclaimed.
  • 1939
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
  • 1941
    In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1950
    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name “Californium”.
  • 1992
    Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242.
  • 2000
    More than 800 members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God die in what is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult.
  • 2008
    Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson becomes New York State governor.

Who were born on March 17?

  • 1862
    Silvio Gesell, Belgian economist (d. 1930)
  • 1880
    Sir Patrick Hastings, British barrister (d. 1952)
  • 1933
    Myrlie Evers-Williams, American activist
  • 1949
    Patrick Duffy, American actor
  • 1961
    Andrew Paul, English actor
  • 1963
    Nick Peros, Canadian composer
  • 1976
    Scott Downs, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Thorsten Stuckmann, German footballer
  • 1987
    Krisnan Inu, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1990
    Saina Nehwal, Indian badminton player

Who died on March 17?

  • 460
    Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland (b. 387)
  • 1272
    Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (b. 1220)
  • 1974
    Louis Kahn, American architect
  • 1981
    Paul Dean, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1987
    Santo Trafficante, Jr., American gangster (b. 1914)
  • 1995
    Rick Aviles, American actor (b. 1952)
  • 1999
    Ernest Gold, Austrian composer (b. 1921)
  • 1999
    Rod Hull, British comedian (b. 1936)
  • 2004
    J.J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
  • 2010
    Alex Chilton, American musician (b. 1950)

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