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

  • 624
    Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
  • 1776
    American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, Massachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland.
  • 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.
  • 1950
    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name “Californium”.
  • 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.
  • 1969
    Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
  • 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?

  • 1747
    Johannes Jährig, German linguist (d. 1795)
  • 1911
    Vello Kaaristo, Estonian cross-country skier (d. 1965)
  • 1912
    Bayard Rustin, American civil rights activist (d. 1987)
  • 1919
    Nat King Cole, American singer (d. 1965)
  • 1931
    David Peakall, British scientist (d. 2001)
  • 1939
    Robin Knox-Johnston, British Yachtsman
  • 1952
    Barry Horne, Animal rights activist (d. 2001)
  • 1961
    Casey Siemaszko, American actor
  • 1963
    Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Chinese actor
  • 1970
    Gene Ween, American musician (Ween)

Who died on March 17?

  • 45 BC
    Titus Labienus, Roman leader
  • 460
    Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland (b. 387)
  • 659
    Gertrude of Nivelles, Belgian abbess (b. 626)
  • 1040
    Harold Harefoot, King of England
  • 1715
    Gilbert Burnet, Scottish Bishop of Salisbury (b. 1643)
  • 1849
    William II of the Netherlands (b. 1792)
  • 1957
    Ramon Magsaysay, President of the Philippines (b. 1907)
  • 1992
    Grace Stafford, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 2002
    Van Tien Dung, Vietnamese general and politician (b. 1917)
  • 2005
    Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)

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