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)
- 1500Duke Friedrich and Duke Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
- 1809Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
- 1819The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.
- 1838Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
- 1865American Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina, is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.
- 1924In Miami, Florida, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100 meters freestyle swimming competition with a time of 57.4 seconds.
- 1932New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Monkey in Chinese astrology.
- 1965Project 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.
- 1998Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops kill 70–90 Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Qaradağlı.
- 2008Kosovo declares independence.
Who were born on February 17?
- 1718Matthew Tilghman, American Continental Congressman (d. 1790)
- 1740Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, Swiss physicist and founder of alpinism (d. 1799)
- 1836Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish poet (d. 1870)
- 1888Otto Stern, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1969)
- 1929Chaim Potok, American author (d. 2002)
- 1936Jim Brown, American football player
- 1953Norman Pace, British actor and comic
- 1956Richard Karn, American actor
- 1963Jen-Hsun Huang, American entrepreneur and businessman
- 1971SaRenna Lee, American pornographic actress
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