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
Duke Friedrich and Duke Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.
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.
Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
Madama Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan.
In Miami, Florida, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100 meters freestyle swimming competition with a time of 57.4 seconds.
Gabonese president Leon M'ba is toppled by a coup and his rival, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, is installed in his place.
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.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on February 17?
Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, Swiss physicist and founder of alpinism (d. 1799)
Lola Montez, Irish dancer (d. 1861)
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish poet (d. 1870)
Wally Pipp, American baseball player (d. 1965)
Julia McKenzie, English actress and theatre director
Huey P. Newton, American political activist (d. 1989)
Zina Bethune, American actress
Rashid Minhas, Pilot officer in Pakistan Air Force during Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 (d. 1971)
Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model
Anne Curtis, Filipino actress and model
Who died on February 17?
Otto, Duke of Austria (b. 1301)
Juan de Mariana, Spanish historian (b. 1536)
Louis Marchand, French organist and harpsichordist (b. 1669)
William Bickerton, Mormon prophet (b. 1815)
Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (b. 1862)
Willy Hess, German violinist (b. 1859)
Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israeli writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
Lee Strasberg, Austrian-born actor (b. 1901)
Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills) (b. 1948)
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