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 77th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 4, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,458,172,800 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 ‘heptacontaheptagon’ 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 317 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 1,182 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.
  • 624
    Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
  • 1842
    The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is formed;
  • 1945
    The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany collapses, ten days after its capture.
  • 1970
    My Lai Massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.
  • 1973
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
  • 1979
    The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers.
  • 1988
    Eritrean War of Independence: The Nadew Command, an Ethiopian army corps in Eritrea, is attacked on three sides by military units of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front in the opening action of the Battle of Afabet.
  • 1992
    A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%.
  • 1992
    Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242.

Who were born on March 17?

  • 1892
    Benjamin Drake Van Wissen, Australian Engineer (d. 1984)
  • 1908
    Brigitte Helm, German actress (d. 1996)
  • 1926
    Siegfried Lenz, German writer
  • 1949
    Pat Rice, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
  • 1955
    Gary Sinise, American actor
  • 1957
    Michael Kelly, American journalist (d. 2003)
  • 1963
    Nick Peros, Canadian composer
  • 1974
    Mark Dolan, British TV show host
  • 1979
    Sharman Joshi, Indian actor
  • 1987
    Bobby Ryan, American ice hockey player

Who died on March 17?

  • 180
    Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (b. 121)
  • 659
    Gertrude of Nivelles, Belgian abbess (b. 626)
  • 1425
    Ashikaga Yoshikazu, Japanese shogun (b. 1407)
  • 1853
    Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist and mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1956
    Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1897)
  • 1990
    Ric Grech, British bass player (Blind Faith – Traffic) (b. 1946)
  • 1993
    Helen Hayes, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 1994
    Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and director (b. 1925)
  • 2002
    Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 2005
    George F. Kennan, American Cold War strategist and historian (b. 1904)

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