February 17: Day of the Week
February 17, 2017 was the 48th day of the year 2017 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.
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)
- 1753In Sweden February 17 is followed by March 1 as the country moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
- 1819The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1978The Troubles: The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, killing 12 and seriously injuring 30.
- 1995The Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador ends on a cease-fire brokered by the UN.
- 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.
- 2003The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
- 2026New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on February 17?
- 1519Francis, Duke of Guise, French soldier and politician (d. 1563)
- 1887Leevi Madetoja, Finnish composer (d. 1947)
- 1912Andre Norton, American author (d. 2005)
- 1924Margaret Truman, American novelist (d. 2008)
- 1944Karl Jenkins, Welsh composer
- 1972Ralphie May, American comedian
- 1980Klemi Saban, Israeli footballer
- 1982Daniel Merriweather, Australian singer
- 1983Marios Kaperonis, Greek boxer
- 1984Jimmy Jacobs, American professional wrestler
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