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 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 4, 2022 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,417,600 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 339 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 3,345 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.
  • 1809
    Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
  • 1913
    The Armory Show opens in New York City, displaying works of artists who are to become some of the most influential painters of the early 20th century.
  • 1964
    Gabonese president Leon M'ba is toppled by a coup and his rival, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, is installed in his place.
  • 1964
    In Wesberry v. Sanders the Supreme Court of the United States rules that congressional districts have to be approximately equal in population.
  • 1974
    Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.
  • 1979
    The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
  • 1988
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Dragon in Chinese astrology.
  • 1996
    In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
  • 2011
    Libyan protests begin

Who were born on February 17?

  • 1740
    Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, Swiss physicist and founder of alpinism (d. 1799)
  • 1887
    Leevi Madetoja, Finnish composer (d. 1947)
  • 1904
    Hans Morgenthau, German political philosopher (d. 1980)
  • 1929
    Patricia Routledge, English actress
  • 1934
    Alan Bates, English actor (d. 2003)
  • 1940
    Gene Pitney, American singer (d. 2006)
  • 1941
    Julia McKenzie, English actress and theatre director
  • 1966
    Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (d. 2004)
  • 1971
    Martyn Bennett, Canadian composer (d. 2005)
  • 1979
    Josh Willingham, American baseball player

Who died on February 17?

  • 1673
    Molière, French playwright (b. 1622)
  • 1715
    Antoine Galland, French archaeologist (b. 1646)
  • 1856
    Heinrich Heine, German writer (b. 1797)
  • 1890
    Christopher Sholes, American inventor (b. 1819)
  • 1934
    King Albert I of Belgium (b. 1875)
  • 1943
    Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (b. 1872)
  • 1982
    Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
  • 1986
    Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (b. 1895)
  • 2007
    Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2008
    Brian Harris, English footballer (b. 1935)

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