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)
- 1500Duke Friedrich and Duke Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
- 1819The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.
- 1865American Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina, is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.
- 1871The victorious Prussian Army parades though Paris, France after the end of the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
- 1959Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
- 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.
- 1968In Springfield, Massachusetts, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
- 1988New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- 2008Kosovo declares independence.
Who were born on February 17?
- 1718Matthew Tilghman, American Continental Congressman (d. 1790)
- 1796Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (d. 1866)
- 1820Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian composer (d. 1881)
- 1862Mori Ōgai, Japanese novelist and poet (d. 1922)
- 1890Sir Ronald Fisher, Statistician and Geneticist (d. 1962)
- 1904Hans Morgenthau, German political philosopher (d. 1980)
- 1958Alan Wiggins, American baseball player d. 1991
- 1962David McComb, Australian musician (The Triffids) (d. 1999)
- 1967Chanté Moore, American singer
- 1971Jeremy Edwards, British actor
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