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 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 4, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,828,480 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 339 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 1,547 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 17 Historical Events

  • 45 BC
    In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
  • 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.
  • 1861
    The Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) is proclaimed.
  • 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.
  • 1966
    Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the Ship DSV submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
  • 1985
    Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1231
    Emperor Shijō of Japan (d. 1242)
  • 1872
    Konstantinos Skarlatos, Greek Olympic shooter (d. 1969)
  • 1930
    James Irwin, American astronaut (d. 1991)
  • 1955
    Gary Sinise, American actor
  • 1961
    Casey Siemaszko, American actor
  • 1969
    Alexander McQueen, British fashion designer (d. 2010)
  • 1973
    Rico Blanco, Filipino singer (Rivermaya)
  • 1976
    Cynthia Daniel, American actress and photographer
  • 1976
    Stephen Gately, Irish singer, musician, and actor (Boyzone) (d. 2009)
  • 1979
    Sharman Joshi, Indian actor

Who died on March 17?

  • 1058
    King Lulach I of Scotland (b. 1030)
  • 1272
    Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (b. 1220)
  • 1704
    Menno van Coehoorn, Dutch military engineer (b. 1641)
  • 1764
    George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield, English astronomer
  • 1875
    Ferdinand Laub, Czech violinist (b. 1832)
  • 1893
    Jules Ferry, French statesman (b. 1832)
  • 1949
    Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1983
    Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 2005
    George F. Kennan, American Cold War strategist and historian (b. 1904)
  • 2006
    Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (b. 1913)

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