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

  • 1337
    Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England.
  • 1842
    The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is formed;
  • 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.
  • 1985
    Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson becomes New York State governor.

Who were born on March 17?

  • 1747
    Johannes Jährig, German linguist (d. 1795)
  • 1834
    Gottlieb Daimler, German engineer and inventor (d. 1900)
  • 1864
    Joseph Baptista, Indian Home Rule Movement founder (d. 1930)
  • 1880
    Sir Patrick Hastings, British barrister (d. 1952)
  • 1883
    Urmuz, Romanian writer (d. 1923)
  • 1930
    James Irwin, American astronaut (d. 1991)
  • 1961
    Sam Bowie, American basketball player
  • 1964
    Rob Lowe, American actor
  • 1967
    Billy Corgan, American musician (Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 1973
    Rico Blanco, Filipino singer (Rivermaya)

Who died on March 17?

  • 45 BC
    Titus Labienus, Roman leader
  • 1272
    Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (b. 1220)
  • 1846
    Friedrich Bessel, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1784)
  • 1875
    Ferdinand Laub, Czech violinist (b. 1832)
  • 1956
    Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1897)
  • 1976
    Luchino Visconti, Italian director (b. 1906)
  • 1988
    Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer (b. 1949)
  • 1989
    Merritt Butrick, American actor (b. 1959)
  • 2005
    Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • 2010
    Alex Chilton, American musician (b. 1950)

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