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, 405,048 hours 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

  • 1861
    The Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) is proclaimed.
  • 1921
    The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution.
  • 1939
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
  • 1957
    A plane crash in Cebu, Philippines kills Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.
  • 1958
    The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  • 1969
    Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%.
  • 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.

Who were born on March 17?

  • 1862
    Silvio Gesell, Belgian economist (d. 1930)
  • 1900
    Alfred Newman, American film composer (d. 1970)
  • 1912
    Bayard Rustin, American civil rights activist (d. 1987)
  • 1936
    Ken Mattingly, American astronaut
  • 1937
    Rudy Ray Moore, American comedian and actor (d. 2008)
  • 1957
    Michael Kelly, American journalist (d. 2003)
  • 1964
    Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1972
    Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
  • 1976
    Cynthia Daniel, American actress and photographer
  • 1981
    Servet Çetin, Turkish footballer

Who died on March 17?

  • 659
    Gertrude of Nivelles, Belgian abbess (b. 626)
  • 1425
    Ashikaga Yoshikazu, Japanese shogun (b. 1407)
  • 1949
    Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1965
    Amos Alonzo Stagg, American football coach (b. 1862)
  • 1974
    Louis Kahn, American architect
  • 1983
    Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1988
    Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer (b. 1949)
  • 2004
    Rachel Hudson, British murder victim (b. 1984)
  • 2006
    Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2006
    Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor (b. 1955)

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