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

  • 1337
    Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England.
  • 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.
  • 1805
    The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
  • 1891
    SS Utopia collides with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sinks, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board.
  • 1950
    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name “Californium”.
  • 1958
    The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  • 1970
    My Lai Massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1846
    Kate Greenaway, English children’s author and illustrator (d. 1901)
  • 1897
    Jozef C. Mazur, American stained glass artist and painter (d. 1970)
  • 1936
    Patty Maloney, American actress
  • 1938
    Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1964
    Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1964
    Lee Dixon, English footballer
  • 1974
    Mark Dolan, British TV show host
  • 1980
    Katie Morgan, American pornographic actress
  • 1981
    Servet Çetin, Turkish footballer
  • 1981
    Thorsten Stuckmann, German footballer

Who died on March 17?

  • 659
    Gertrude of Nivelles, Belgian abbess (b. 626)
  • 1272
    Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (b. 1220)
  • 1516
    Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1478)
  • 1704
    Menno van Coehoorn, Dutch military engineer (b. 1641)
  • 1830
    Laurent, Marquis de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, French marshal (b. 1764)
  • 1853
    Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist and mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1949
    Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1990
    Capucine, French actress (b. 1931)
  • 2002
    Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • 2007
    John Backus, American computer scientist (b. 1924)

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