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

  • 180
    Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
  • 1776
    American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, Massachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
  • 1921
    The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution.
  • 1939
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
  • 1945
    The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany collapses, ten days after its capture.
  • 1947
    First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.
  • 1960
    U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
  • 1969
    Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
  • 1992
    Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242.
  • 2004
    Unrest in Kosovo: More than 22 are killed and 200 wounded. 35 Serbian Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Niš are destroyed.

Who were born on March 17?

  • 1777
    Roger Brooke Taney, 5th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (d. 1864)
  • 1880
    Sir Patrick Hastings, British barrister (d. 1952)
  • 1881
    Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1944
    Pattie Boyd, British photographer and model
  • 1948
    William Gibson, American writer
  • 1951
    Kurt Russell, American actor
  • 1971
    Bill Mueller, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
  • 1973
    Vance Wilson, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Cynthia Daniel, American actress and photographer

Who died on March 17?

  • 1040
    Harold Harefoot, King of England
  • 1640
    Philip Massinger, English dramatist (b. 1583)
  • 1782
    Daniel Bernoulli, Dutch-born mathematician (b. 1700)
  • 1846
    Friedrich Bessel, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1784)
  • 1961
    Susanna M. Salter, American politician (b. 1860)
  • 1997
    Jermaine Stewart, American singer (b. 1957)
  • 1999
    Ernest Gold, Austrian composer (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Jim Cronin, British animal welfare activist (b. 1951)
  • 2007
    Roger Bennett, American gospel performer (b. 1959)
  • 2008
    Roland Arnall, United States Ambassador to the Netherlands (b. 1939)

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