February 17: Day of the Week
February 17, 2017 is the 48th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.
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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)
- 1809Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
- 1838Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
- 1944World War II: The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins. The battle ends in an American victory on February 22.
- 1959Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
- 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.
- 2006A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
- 2008Kosovo declares independence.
- 2011Libyan protests begin
Who were born on February 17?
- 1836Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish poet (d. 1870)
- 1903Sadegh Hedayat, Iranian writer (d. 1951)
- 1910Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (d. 1979)
- 1916Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and Rugby Union footballer (d. 1940)
- 1930Roger Craig, American baseball player and manager
- 1939Mary Ann Mobley, American actress and beauty queen
- 1978Jacob Wetterling, American kidnapping victim
- 1984AB de Villiers, South African cricketer
- 1984Drew Miller, American ice hockey player
- 1984Sadha, Indian film actress
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