What happened this day in history March 17

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

  • 180
    Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
  • 1805
    The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
  • 1939
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
  • 1959
    Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.
  • 1960
    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.
  • 1969
    Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
  • 1973
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
  • 1988
    A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into a mountainside near the Venezuelan border killing 143.
  • 1992
    Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242.
  • 2003
    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?

  • 1781
    Ebenezer Elliott, British poet (d. 1849)
  • 1884
    Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1934)
  • 1919
    Nat King Cole, American singer (d. 1965)
  • 1921
    Meir Amit, Israeli politician and general (d. 2009)
  • 1928
    William John McKeag, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • 1956
    Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist
  • 1961
    Andrew Paul, English actor
  • 1961
    Casey Siemaszko, American actor
  • 1979
    Samoa Joe, Samoan wrestler
  • 1983
    Raul Meireles, Portuguese footballer

Who died on March 17?

  • 1040
    Harold Harefoot, King of England
  • 1199
    Jocelin, bishop of Glasgow
  • 1846
    Friedrich Bessel, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1784)
  • 1853
    Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist and mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1937
    Austen Chamberlain, English statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1863)
  • 1949
    Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1965
    Amos Alonzo Stagg, American football coach (b. 1862)
  • 1992
    Grace Stafford, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1993
    Helen Hayes, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 1997
    Jermaine Stewart, American singer (b. 1957)

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