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Friday February 17, 2017

February 17: Day of the Week

February 17, 2017 was the 48th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 317 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.

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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

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.

February 17 Historical Event(s)

  • 1753
    In Sweden February 17 is followed by March 1 as the country moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
  • 1801
    An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.
  • 1854
    The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1969
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1974
    Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.
  • 1996
    NASA’s Discovery Program begins as the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lifts off on the first mission ever to orbit and land on an asteroid, 433 Eros.
  • 1998
    Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops kill 70–90 Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Qaradağlı.

Who were born on February 17?

  • 1911
    Orrin Tucker, American bandleader and composer (d.2011)
  • 1929
    Chaim Potok, American author (d. 2002)
  • 1936
    Jim Brown, American football player
  • 1958
    Alan Wiggins, American baseball player d. 1991
  • 1962
    Lou Diamond Phillips, American actor
  • 1962
    Samuel Bayer, American music video director
  • 1966
    Luc Robitaille, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    William Roussel, French musician (Mütiilation)
  • 1982
    Adriano, Brazilian footballer
  • 1989
    Stacey McClean, British singer

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