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Wednesday February 17, 2021

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.

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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)

  • 1500
    Duke Friedrich and Duke Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
  • 1838
    Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
  • 1913
    The 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.
  • 1944
    World 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.
  • 1959
    Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
  • 1978
    The Troubles: The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, killing 12 and seriously injuring 30.
  • 1996
    NASA’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.
  • 2003
    The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
  • 2011
    Libyan protests begin
  • 2026
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 17?

  • 1792
    Karl Ernst von Baer, German biologist (d. 1876)
  • 1864
    Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (d. 1929)
  • 1877
    Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (d. 1904)
  • 1920
    Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (d. 2001)
  • 1948
    Don Scardino, American television director and actor
  • 1963
    Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian and actor
  • 1967
    Chanté Moore, American singer
  • 1971
    Denise Richards, American actress
  • 1983
    Kevin Rudolf, American singer-songwriter
  • 1991
    Ed Sheeran, English signer

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