February 17: Day of the Week
February 17, 2020 was the 48th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 318 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is lunes.
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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)
- 1370Northern Crusades: Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Teutonic Knights meet in the Battle of Rudau.
- 1801An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.
- 1809Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
- 1838Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
- 1924In Miami, Florida, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100 meters freestyle swimming competition with a time of 57.4 seconds.
- 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.
- 1965Project Ranger: The Ranger 8 probe launches on its mission to photograph the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions. Mare Tranquillitatis or the “Sea of Tranquility” would become the site chosen for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
- 1996NASA’s Discovery Program begins as the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lifts off on the first mission ever to orbit and land on an asteroid, 433 Eros.
- 2011Libyan protests begin
- 2026New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on February 17?
- 1524Charles of Guise, French cardinal (d. 1574)
- 1891Abraham Fraenkel, German-born Israeli mathematician and recipient of the Israel Prize (d. 1965)
- 1916Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and Rugby Union footballer (d. 1940)
- 1920Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (d. 2001)
- 1964Buster Olney, American sports columnist
- 1969Tuesday Knight, American actress
- 1972Billie Joe Armstrong, American musician (Green Day)
- 1972Philippe Candeloro, French figure skater
- 1979Josh Willingham, American baseball player
- 1982Daniel Merriweather, Australian singer
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