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, 24,302,880 minutes 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

  • 1842
    The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is formed;
  • 1939
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
  • 1941
    In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1945
    The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany collapses, ten days after its capture.
  • 1948
    Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
  • 1959
    Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.
  • 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.
  • 1979
    The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers.
  • 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?

  • 1846
    Kate Greenaway, English children’s author and illustrator (d. 1901)
  • 1936
    Ken Mattingly, American astronaut
  • 1949
    Daniel Lavoie, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1949
    Patrick Duffy, American actor
  • 1955
    Cynthia McKinney, American politician, Presidential candidate
  • 1956
    Rory McGrath, English comedian and writer
  • 1960
    Arye Gross, American actor
  • 1961
    Alexander Bard, Swedish artist, singer (Army Of Lovers), music producer, and philosopher
  • 1980
    Danny Califf, American soccer player
  • 1987
    Rob Kardashian, American model and singer

Who died on March 17?

  • 1516
    Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1478)
  • 1987
    Santo Trafficante, Jr., American gangster (b. 1914)
  • 1988
    Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer (b. 1949)
  • 1990
    Ric Grech, British bass player (Blind Faith – Traffic) (b. 1946)
  • 1999
    Ernest Gold, Austrian composer (b. 1921)
  • 2002
    Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • 2005
    Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor (b. 1955)
  • 2006
    Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (b. 1913)
  • 2010
    Alex Chilton, American musician (b. 1950)

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