February 17: Day of the Week
February 17, 2018 was the 48th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 317 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is sábado.
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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)
- 364Emperor Jovian dies after a reign of eight months. He is found dead in his tent at Tyana (Asia Minor) en route back to Constantinople in suspicious circumstances.
- 1809Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
- 1904Madama Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan.
- 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.
- 1964Gabonese president Leon M'ba is toppled by a coup and his rival, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, is installed in his place.
- 1972Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T.
- 1979The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
- 2003The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
- 2006A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
- 2026New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on February 17?
- 1646Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguilbert, French economist (d. 1714)
- 1781René Laënnec, French physician (d. 1826)
- 1874Thomas J. Watson, American computer manufacturer (d. 1956)
- 1877André Maginot, French politician (d. 1932)
- 1948José José, Mexican singer and actor
- 1952Karin Janz, East German gymnast
- 1973Raphaël Ibañez, French rugby player
- 1981Paris Hilton, American actress and heiress
- 1984Jimmy Jacobs, American professional wrestler
- 1988Natascha Kampusch, Austrian kidnapping victim
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