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, 1,458,172,800 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 ‘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.
  • 1805
    The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
  • 1891
    SS Utopia collides with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sinks, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board.
  • 1921
    The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
  • 1988
    A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into a mountainside near the Venezuelan border killing 143.
  • 1992
    Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242.
  • 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?

  • 1862
    Silvio Gesell, Belgian economist (d. 1930)
  • 1908
    Brigitte Helm, German actress (d. 1996)
  • 1916
    Ray Ellington, British singer (d. 1985)
  • 1941
    Wang Jin-pyng, Taiwanese politician
  • 1958
    Pat Bolland, Canadian Broadcaster
  • 1960
    Vicki Lewis, American actress
  • 1961
    Casey Siemaszko, American actor
  • 1962
    Clare Grogan, Scottish actress-singer
  • 1970
    Yanic Truesdale, Canadian actor
  • 1979
    Andrew Ference, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on March 17?

  • 659
    Gertrude of Nivelles, Belgian abbess (b. 626)
  • 1272
    Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (b. 1220)
  • 1565
    Alexander Ales, Scottish theologian (b. 1500)
  • 1640
    Philip Massinger, English dramatist (b. 1583)
  • 1649
    Gabriel Lallemant, French Jesuit missionary, one of the Canadian Martyrs (b. 1610)
  • 1680
    François de La Rochefoucauld, French writer (b. 1613)
  • 1782
    Daniel Bernoulli, Dutch-born mathematician (b. 1700)
  • 1957
    Ramon Magsaysay, President of the Philippines (b. 1907)
  • 1989
    Merritt Butrick, American actor (b. 1959)
  • 1995
    Ronald “Ronnie” Kray, British gangster (b. 1933)

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