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.
  • 180
    Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
  • 624
    Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
  • 1805
    The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
  • 1860
    The First Taranaki War begins in Taranaki, New Zealand, a major phase of the New Zealand land wars.
  • 1941
    In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1948
    Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
  • 1950
    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name “Californium”.
  • 1973
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
  • 2003
    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Robin Cook, resigns from the British Cabinet in disagreement with government plans for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Who were born on March 17?

  • 1231
    Emperor Shijō of Japan (d. 1242)
  • 1834
    Gottlieb Daimler, German engineer and inventor (d. 1900)
  • 1939
    Jim Gary, American sculptor (d. 2006)
  • 1939
    Robin Knox-Johnston, British Yachtsman
  • 1944
    Pattie Boyd, British photographer and model
  • 1960
    Vicki Lewis, American actress
  • 1964
    Rob Lowe, American actor
  • 1969
    Mathew St. Patrick, American actor
  • 1975
    Mason Jennings, American folksinger
  • 1985
    Vassiliki Arvaniti, Greek beach volleyball player

Who died on March 17?

  • 180
    Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (b. 121)
  • 1040
    Harold Harefoot, King of England
  • 1764
    George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield, English astronomer
  • 1849
    William II of the Netherlands (b. 1792)
  • 1962
    Pat Clayton, British surveyor and explorer (b. 1896)
  • 1990
    Ric Grech, British bass player (Blind Faith – Traffic) (b. 1946)
  • 2006
    Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2006
    Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor (b. 1955)
  • 2007
    Roger Bennett, American gospel performer (b. 1959)
  • 2008
    Roland Arnall, United States Ambassador to the Netherlands (b. 1939)

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