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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 4, 2015 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 23,775,840 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 ‘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 328 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 816 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 17 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
  • 1988
    Eritrean War of Independence: The Nadew Command, an Ethiopian army corps in Eritrea, is attacked on three sides by military units of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front in the opening action of the Battle of Afabet.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1628
    François Girardon, French sculptor (d. 1715)
  • 1864
    Joseph Baptista, Indian Home Rule Movement founder (d. 1930)
  • 1877
    Otto Gross, Austrian psychoanalyst (d. 1920)
  • 1911
    Vello Kaaristo, Estonian cross-country skier (d. 1965)
  • 1933
    Myrlie Evers-Williams, American activist
  • 1936
    Patty Maloney, American actress
  • 1948
    William Gibson, American writer
  • 1951
    Scott Gorham, American musician (Thin Lizzy)
  • 1953
    Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary (d. 2001)
  • 1959
    Paul Black, American rock singer

Who died on March 17?

  • 1199
    Jocelin, bishop of Glasgow
  • 1713
    Juraj Jánošík, famous Slovak outlaw (b. 1688)
  • 1853
    Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist and mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1871
    Robert Chambers, Scottish naturalist (b. 1802)
  • 1988
    Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer (b. 1949)
  • 1994
    Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and director (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2006
    Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (b. 1913)

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