What happened this day in history February 17

What are the important events that happened on February 17? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 17 is the 48th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 318 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 4, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,364,960 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 ‘tetracontaoctagon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 361 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 2,614 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 17 Historical Events

  • 1500
    Duke Friedrich and Duke Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
  • 1621
    Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.
  • 1801
    An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.
  • 1809
    Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
  • 1854
    The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
  • 1904
    Madama Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan.
  • 1924
    In Miami, Florida, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100 meters freestyle swimming competition with a time of 57.4 seconds.
  • 1964
    Gabonese president Leon M'ba is toppled by a coup and his rival, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, is installed in his place.
  • 1965
    Project Ranger: The Ranger 8 probe launches on its mission to photograph the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions. Mare Tranquillitatis or the “Sea of Tranquility” would become the site chosen for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
  • 2026
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 17?

  • 1740
    Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, Swiss physicist and founder of alpinism (d. 1799)
  • 1821
    Lola Montez, Irish dancer (d. 1861)
  • 1836
    Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish poet (d. 1870)
  • 1893
    Wally Pipp, American baseball player (d. 1965)
  • 1941
    Julia McKenzie, English actress and theatre director
  • 1942
    Huey P. Newton, American political activist (d. 1989)
  • 1945
    Zina Bethune, American actress
  • 1951
    Rashid Minhas, Pilot officer in Pakistan Air Force during Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 (d. 1971)
  • 1972
    Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model
  • 1985
    Anne Curtis, Filipino actress and model

Who died on February 17?

  • 1339
    Otto, Duke of Austria (b. 1301)
  • 1624
    Juan de Mariana, Spanish historian (b. 1536)
  • 1732
    Louis Marchand, French organist and harpsichordist (b. 1669)
  • 1905
    William Bickerton, Mormon prophet (b. 1815)
  • 1934
    Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (b. 1862)
  • 1939
    Willy Hess, German violinist (b. 1859)
  • 1970
    Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israeli writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1982
    Lee Strasberg, Austrian-born actor (b. 1901)
  • 1998
    Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills) (b. 1948)

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