February 17: Day of the Week
February 17, 2019 was the 48th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 317 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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.
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February 17 Historical Event(s)
- 1814War of the Sixth Coalition: The Battle of Mormans.
- 1838Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
- 1854The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
- 1931New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Sheep in Chinese astrology.
- 1944World War II: Operation Hailstone begins. U.S. naval air, surface, and submarine attack against Truk (Chuuk), Japan’s main base in the central Pacific, in support of the Eniwetok invasion.
- 1944World War II: The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins. The battle ends in an American victory on February 22.
- 1964Gabonese president Leon M'ba is toppled by a coup and his rival, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, is installed in his place.
- 1964In Wesberry v. Sanders the Supreme Court of the United States rules that congressional districts have to be approximately equal in population.
- 2003The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
- 2006A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
Who were born on February 17?
- 1781René Laënnec, French physician (d. 1826)
- 1820Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian composer (d. 1881)
- 1911Orrin Tucker, American bandleader and composer (d.2011)
- 1922Tommy Edwards, American singer (d. 1969)
- 1934Alan Bates, English actor (d. 2003)
- 1945Zina Bethune, American actress
- 1963Michael Jordan, American basketball player
- 1972Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model
- 1979Dee, Puerto Rican pornographic actress
- 1984Drew Miller, American ice hockey player
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