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 76th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 4, 2023 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,679,011,200 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 ‘heptacontahexagon’ 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 330 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 3,738 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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March 17 Historical Events
Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into a mountainside near the Venezuelan border killing 143.
Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Robin Cook, resigns from the British Cabinet in disagreement with government plans for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Who were born on March 17?
Ebenezer Elliott, British poet (d. 1849)
Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1934)
Nat King Cole, American singer (d. 1965)
Meir Amit, Israeli politician and general (d. 2009)
William John McKeag, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist
Andrew Paul, English actor
Casey Siemaszko, American actor
Samoa Joe, Samoan wrestler
Raul Meireles, Portuguese footballer
Who died on March 17?
Harold Harefoot, King of England
Jocelin, bishop of Glasgow
Friedrich Bessel, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1784)
Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist and mathematician (b. 1803)
Austen Chamberlain, English statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1863)
Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
Amos Alonzo Stagg, American football coach (b. 1862)
Grace Stafford, American actress (b. 1903)
Helen Hayes, American actress (b. 1900)
Jermaine Stewart, American singer (b. 1957)
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