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, 1,581,897,600 seconds 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

  • 1838
    Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
  • 1854
    The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina, is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.
  • 1933
    Newsweek magazine is published for the first time.
  • 1933
    The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins. The battle ends in an American victory on February 22.
  • 1959
    Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
  • 1969
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1978
    The Troubles: The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, killing 12 and seriously injuring 30.
  • 2006
    A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.

Who were born on February 17?

  • 1490
    Charles III, Duke of Bourbon, Constable of France (d. 1527)
  • 1581
    Fausto Poli, Italian Catholic priest (d. 1653)
  • 1653
    Arcangelo Corelli, Italian composer (d. 1713)
  • 1877
    André Maginot, French politician (d. 1932)
  • 1941
    Julia McKenzie, English actress and theatre director
  • 1952
    Karin Janz, East German gymnast
  • 1954
    Rene Russo, American actress
  • 1964
    Buster Olney, American sports columnist
  • 1971
    SaRenna Lee, American pornographic actress
  • 1983
    Marios Kaperonis, Greek boxer

Who died on February 17?

  • 1624
    Juan de Mariana, Spanish historian (b. 1536)
  • 1715
    Antoine Galland, French archaeologist (b. 1646)
  • 1732
    Louis Marchand, French organist and harpsichordist (b. 1669)
  • 1854
    John Martin, English painter (b. 1789)
  • 1874
    Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, Belgian mathematician (b. 1796)
  • 1982
    Lee Strasberg, Austrian-born actor (b. 1901)
  • 1982
    Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
  • 1996
    Hervé Bazin, French writer (b. 1911)
  • 1998
    Ernst Jünger, German author (b. 1895)
  • 2006
    Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican musician (b. 1929)

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