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.
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)
- 1753In Sweden February 17 is followed by March 1 as the country moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
- 1801An 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.
- 1854The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
- 1913The 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.
- 1933The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
- 1944World War II: The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins. The battle ends in an American victory on February 22.
- 1969New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- 1974Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.
- 1996NASA’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.
- 1998Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops kill 70–90 Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Qaradağlı.
Who were born on February 17?
- 1911Orrin Tucker, American bandleader and composer (d.2011)
- 1929Chaim Potok, American author (d. 2002)
- 1936Jim Brown, American football player
- 1958Alan Wiggins, American baseball player d. 1991
- 1962Lou Diamond Phillips, American actor
- 1962Samuel Bayer, American music video director
- 1966Luc Robitaille, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1976William Roussel, French musician (Mütiilation)
- 1982Adriano, Brazilian footballer
- 1989Stacey McClean, British singer
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