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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)

  • 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.
  • 1819
    The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.
  • 1838
    Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina, is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.
  • 1924
    In Miami, Florida, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100 meters freestyle swimming competition with a time of 57.4 seconds.
  • 1932
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Monkey in Chinese astrology.
  • 1965
    Project Ranger: The Ranger 8 probe launches on its mission to photograph the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions. Mare Tranquillitatis or the “Sea of Tranquility” would become the site chosen for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
  • 1998
    Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops kill 70–90 Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Qaradağlı.
  • 2008
    Kosovo declares independence.

Who were born on February 17?

  • 1718
    Matthew Tilghman, American Continental Congressman (d. 1790)
  • 1740
    Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, Swiss physicist and founder of alpinism (d. 1799)
  • 1836
    Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish poet (d. 1870)
  • 1888
    Otto Stern, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1969)
  • 1929
    Chaim Potok, American author (d. 2002)
  • 1936
    Jim Brown, American football player
  • 1953
    Norman Pace, British actor and comic
  • 1956
    Richard Karn, American actor
  • 1963
    Jen-Hsun Huang, American entrepreneur and businessman
  • 1971
    SaRenna Lee, American pornographic actress

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