March 17: Day of the Week
March 17, 2017 was the 76th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 289 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 March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
March 17 Historical Event(s)
- 624Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
- 1805The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
- 1842The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is formed;
- 1891SS Utopia collides with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sinks, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board.
- 1947First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.
- 1948Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
- 1960U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
- 1979The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers.
- 1992Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242.
- 2003Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Robin Cook, resigns from the British Cabinet in disagreement with government plans for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Who were born on March 17?
- 1872Konstantinos Skarlatos, Greek Olympic shooter (d. 1969)
- 1908Brigitte Helm, German actress (d. 1996)
- 1914Sammy Baugh, American football player (d. 2008)
- 1948Alex MacDonald, Scottish footballer and football manager
- 1948William Gibson, American writer
- 1949Daniel Lavoie, Canadian singer and songwriter
- 1949Patrick Duffy, American actor
- 1955Cynthia McKinney, American politician, Presidential candidate
- 1959Christian Clemenson, American actor
- 1974Mark Dolan, British TV show host
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