Friday February 17, 2023
A date scroll with Latin text from “The Extremes of Good and Evil” by Cicero, written in 45 BC.

February 17: Day of the Week

February 17, 2023 was the 48th day of the year 2023 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.

February 2023

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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)

Duke Friedrich and Duke Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.
War of the Sixth Coalition: The Battle of Mormans.
American Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina, is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.
The victorious Prussian Army parades though Paris, France after the end of the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
Gabonese president Leon M'ba is toppled by a coup and his rival, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, is installed in his place.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rooster in Chinese astrology.
The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops kill 70–90 Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Qaradağlı.

Who were born on February 17?

Lola Montez, Irish dancer (d. 1861)
Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (d. 1904)
Valentino Mazzia, American forensic anesthesiologist (d. 1999)
Jim Brown, American football player
Julia McKenzie, English actress and theatre director
Rashid Minhas, Pilot officer in Pakistan Air Force during Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 (d. 1971)
Mo Yan, Chinese novelist
Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (d. 2004)
Jerry O'Connell, American actor
AJ Perez, Filipino actor and model (d. 2011)

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