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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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.
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February 17 Historical Event(s)
- 1600The philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori in Rome for heresy.
- 1621Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.
- 1809Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
- 1814War of the Sixth Coalition: The Battle of Mormans.
- 1854The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
- 1959Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
- 1974Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.
- 1979The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
- 1988New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- 1996In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
Who were born on February 17?
- 1581Fausto Poli, Italian Catholic priest (d. 1653)
- 1820Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian composer (d. 1881)
- 1910Marc Lawrence, American actor (d. 2005)
- 1935Christina Pickles, UK-born American actress
- 1959Aryeh Deri, Israeli rabbi and politician
- 1963Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian and actor
- 1970Dominic Purcell, English/Australian actor
- 1980Jason Ritter, American actor
- 1989Rebecca Adlington, English swimmer
- 1992Meaghan Jette Martin, American actress and singer
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