February 17: Day of the Week
February 17, 2022 was the 48th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 317 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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.
- 1838Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
- 1865American Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina, is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.
- 1924In Miami, Florida, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100 meters freestyle swimming competition with a time of 57.4 seconds.
- 1950New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- 1978The Troubles: The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, killing 12 and seriously injuring 30.
- 1996In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
- 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.
- 2008Kosovo declares independence.
Who were born on February 17?
- 1740Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, Swiss physicist and founder of alpinism (d. 1799)
- 1820Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian composer (d. 1881)
- 1844Aaron Montgomery Ward, American department store founder (d. 1913)
- 1862Mori Ōgai, Japanese novelist and poet (d. 1922)
- 1929Chaim Potok, American author (d. 2002)
- 1938Martha Henry, American/Canadian actress
- 1959Neil Lomax, American football player
- 1963Jen-Hsun Huang, American entrepreneur and businessman
- 1969David Douillet, French judoka
- 1984Sadha, Indian film actress
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