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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 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.

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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.
  • 1801
    An 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.
  • 1838
    Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
  • 1854
    The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
  • 1933
    The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
  • 1968
    In Springfield, Massachusetts, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
  • 1969
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1972
    Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T.
  • 2006
    A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • 2011
    Libyan protests begin

Who were born on February 17?

  • 1581
    Fausto Poli, Italian Catholic priest (d. 1653)
  • 1910
    Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (d. 1979)
  • 1940
    Gene Pitney, American singer (d. 2006)
  • 1951
    Rashid Minhas, Pilot officer in Pakistan Air Force during Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 (d. 1971)
  • 1957
    Loreena McKennitt, Canadian musician
  • 1967
    Chanté Moore, American singer
  • 1971
    Jeremy Edwards, British actor
  • 1974
    Kaoru, Japanese musician
  • 1978
    Jacob Wetterling, American kidnapping victim
  • 1979
    Josh Willingham, American baseball player

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