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 77th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 4, 2024 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,710,633,600 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 ‘heptacontaheptagon’ day.

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 318 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 4,104 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 17 Historical Events

  • 1861
    The Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) is proclaimed.
  • 1921
    The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution.
  • 1939
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
  • 1942
    Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland.
  • 1970
    My Lai Massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.
  • 1985
    Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
  • 1988
    A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into a mountainside near the Venezuelan border killing 143.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    Unrest in Kosovo: More than 22 are killed and 200 wounded. 35 Serbian Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Niš are destroyed.
  • 2008
    Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson becomes New York State governor.

Who were born on March 17?

  • 1473
    King James IV of Scotland (d. 1513)
  • 1676
    Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (d. 1732)
  • 1897
    Jozef C. Mazur, American stained glass artist and painter (d. 1970)
  • 1945
    Michael Hayden, American Air Force General, CIA director
  • 1961
    Andrew Paul, English actor
  • 1974
    Mark Dolan, British TV show host
  • 1979
    Sharman Joshi, Indian actor
  • 1980
    Katie Morgan, American pornographic actress
  • 1982
    Steven Pienaar, South African footballer
  • 1987
    Bobby Ryan, American ice hockey player

Who died on March 17?

  • 1040
    Harold Harefoot, King of England
  • 1704
    Menno van Coehoorn, Dutch military engineer (b. 1641)
  • 1853
    Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist and mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1949
    Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1956
    Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1897)
  • 1989
    Merritt Butrick, American actor (b. 1959)
  • 1992
    Grace Stafford, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1999
    Rod Hull, British comedian (b. 1936)
  • 2004
    Rachel Hudson, British murder victim (b. 1984)
  • 2009
    Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian politician and TV host (b. 1937)

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