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.
  • 1939
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
  • 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.
  • 1966
    Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the Ship DSV submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
  • 1970
    My Lai Massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.
  • 1979
    The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers.
  • 1985
    Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
  • 1988
    A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into a mountainside near the Venezuelan border killing 143.
  • 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?

  • 1787
    Edmund Kean, English actor (d. 1833)
  • 1856
    Mikhail Vrubel, Russian painter (d. 1910)
  • 1880
    Lawrence Oates, English army officer and Antarctic explorer (d. 1912)
  • 1880
    Sir Patrick Hastings, British barrister (d. 1952)
  • 1911
    Vello Kaaristo, Estonian cross-country skier (d. 1965)
  • 1937
    Rudy Ray Moore, American comedian and actor (d. 2008)
  • 1953
    Chuck Muncie, American football running back
  • 1959
    Christian Clemenson, American actor
  • 1963
    Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Chinese actor
  • 1983
    Raul Meireles, Portuguese footballer

Who died on March 17?

  • 1830
    Laurent, Marquis de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, French marshal (b. 1764)
  • 1846
    Friedrich Bessel, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1784)
  • 1937
    Austen Chamberlain, English statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1863)
  • 1992
    Grace Stafford, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1994
    Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and director (b. 1925)
  • 1996
    René Clément, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1996
    Terry Stafford, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 2005
    George F. Kennan, American Cold War strategist and historian (b. 1904)
  • 2009
    Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian politician and TV host (b. 1937)
  • 2011
    Michael Gough, British actor (b. 1916)

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