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

  • 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.
  • 1861
    The Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) is proclaimed.
  • 1891
    SS Utopia collides with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sinks, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board.
  • 1941
    In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 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”.
  • 1959
    Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.
  • 1979
    The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers.
  • 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?

  • 1877
    Otto Gross, Austrian psychoanalyst (d. 1920)
  • 1948
    Alex MacDonald, Scottish footballer and football manager
  • 1951
    Scott Gorham, American musician (Thin Lizzy)
  • 1953
    Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary (d. 2001)
  • 1959
    Danny Ainge, American basketball player and coach
  • 1960
    Arye Gross, American actor
  • 1961
    Sam Bowie, American basketball player
  • 1973
    Caroline Corr, Irish singer and musician
  • 1979
    Nicole “Coco” Austin, American glamor model
  • 1979
    Stephen Kramer Glickman, American actor and comedian

Who died on March 17?

  • 1199
    Jocelin, bishop of Glasgow
  • 1782
    Daniel Bernoulli, Dutch-born mathematician (b. 1700)
  • 1853
    Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist and mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1974
    Louis Kahn, American architect
  • 1994
    Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and director (b. 1925)
  • 1995
    Ronald “Ronnie” Kray, British gangster (b. 1933)
  • 2002
    Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 2002
    Van Tien Dung, Vietnamese general and politician (b. 1917)
  • 2005
    Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • 2008
    Roland Arnall, United States Ambassador to the Netherlands (b. 1939)

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