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

  • 1337
    Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England.
  • 1939
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
  • 1950
    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name “Californium”.
  • 1957
    A plane crash in Cebu, Philippines kills Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.
  • 1959
    Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%.
  • 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?

  • 1777
    Roger Brooke Taney, 5th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (d. 1864)
  • 1870
    Horace Donisthorpe, British entomologist (d. 1951)
  • 1883
    Urmuz, Romanian writer (d. 1923)
  • 1908
    Brigitte Helm, German actress (d. 1996)
  • 1921
    Meir Amit, Israeli politician and general (d. 2009)
  • 1938
    Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1956
    Rory McGrath, English comedian and writer
  • 1970
    Yanic Truesdale, Canadian actor
  • 1975
    Mason Jennings, American folksinger
  • 1981
    Servet Çetin, Turkish footballer

Who died on March 17?

  • 1853
    Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist and mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1946
    Dai Li, Chinese spymaster (b. 1897)
  • 1957
    Ramon Magsaysay, President of the Philippines (b. 1907)
  • 1990
    Capucine, French actress (b. 1931)
  • 1995
    Ronald “Ronnie” Kray, British gangster (b. 1933)
  • 1999
    Ernest Gold, Austrian composer (b. 1921)
  • 2002
    Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • 2003
    Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (b. 1902)
  • 2006
    Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (b. 1913)
  • 2011
    Michael Gough, British actor (b. 1916)

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