February 17: Day of the Week
February 17, 2021 was the 48th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 317 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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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.
- 1838Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
- 1913The Armory Show opens in New York City, displaying works of artists who are to become some of the most influential painters of the early 20th century.
- 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.
- 1959Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
- 1978The Troubles: The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, killing 12 and seriously injuring 30.
- 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.
- 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?
- 1792Karl Ernst von Baer, German biologist (d. 1876)
- 1864Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (d. 1929)
- 1877Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (d. 1904)
- 1920Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (d. 2001)
- 1948Don Scardino, American television director and actor
- 1963Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian and actor
- 1967Chanté Moore, American singer
- 1971Denise Richards, American actress
- 1983Kevin Rudolf, American singer-songwriter
- 1991Ed Sheeran, English signer
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