March 17: Day of the Week
March 17, 2017 is the 76th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is 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 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)
- 1337Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England.
- 1776American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, Massachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
- 1842The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is formed;
- 1921The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution.
- 1941In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- 1948Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
- 1957A plane crash in Cebu, Philippines kills Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.
- 1958The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
- 1985Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
- 2008Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson becomes New York State governor.
Who were born on March 17?
- 1747Johannes Jährig, German linguist (d. 1795)
- 1880Lawrence Oates, English army officer and Antarctic explorer (d. 1912)
- 1919Nat King Cole, American singer (d. 1965)
- 1948Alex MacDonald, Scottish footballer and football manager
- 1953Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary (d. 2001)
- 1957Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer
- 1962Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, Dutch politician
- 1975Justin Hawkins, British singer (The Darkness)
- 1975Natalie Zea, American actress
- 1987Krisnan Inu, New Zealand rugby player
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