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.
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March 17 Historical Event(s)
- 45 BCIn his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
- 624Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
- 1860The First Taranaki War begins in Taranaki, New Zealand, a major phase of the New Zealand land wars.
- 1945The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany collapses, ten days after its capture.
- 1947First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.
- 1966Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the Ship DSV submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
- 1970My Lai Massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.
- 1992Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242.
- 2000More than 800 members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God die in what is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult.
- 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?
- 1747Johannes Jährig, German linguist (d. 1795)
- 1780Thomas Chalmers, Scottish pastor, social reformer, author, and scientist (d. 1847)
- 1864Joseph Baptista, Indian Home Rule Movement founder (d. 1930)
- 1921Meir Amit, Israeli politician and general (d. 2009)
- 1941Paul Kantner, American musician (Jefferson Airplane)
- 1949Daniel Lavoie, Canadian singer and songwriter
- 1951Donald Findlay, Scottish lawyer
- 1953Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary (d. 2001)
- 1960Rebeca Arthur, American actress
- 1976Brittany Daniel, American actress
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