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, 24,302,880 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 ‘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.
  • 1805
    The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
  • 1842
    The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is formed;
  • 1891
    SS Utopia collides with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sinks, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board.
  • 1945
    The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany collapses, ten days after its capture.
  • 1950
    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name “Californium”.
  • 1979
    The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers.
  • 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.

Who were born on March 17?

  • 1747
    Johannes Jährig, German linguist (d. 1795)
  • 1872
    Konstantinos Skarlatos, Greek Olympic shooter (d. 1969)
  • 1880
    Lawrence Oates, English army officer and Antarctic explorer (d. 1912)
  • 1914
    Sammy Baugh, American football player (d. 2008)
  • 1933
    Myrlie Evers-Williams, American activist
  • 1940
    Mark White, American politician
  • 1944
    Cito Gaston, American baseball player and manager
  • 1949
    Daniel Lavoie, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1951
    Kurt Russell, American actor
  • 1962
    Clare Grogan, Scottish actress-singer

Who died on March 17?

  • 1272
    Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (b. 1220)
  • 1516
    Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1478)
  • 1649
    Gabriel Lallemant, French Jesuit missionary, one of the Canadian Martyrs (b. 1610)
  • 1830
    Laurent, Marquis de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, French marshal (b. 1764)
  • 1893
    Jules Ferry, French statesman (b. 1832)
  • 1946
    Dai Li, Chinese spymaster (b. 1897)
  • 1993
    Helen Hayes, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 1996
    René Clément, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (b. 1913)
  • 2007
    Jim Cronin, British animal welfare activist (b. 1951)

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