February 17: Day of the Week
February 17, 2021 is the 48th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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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.
- 1600The philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori in Rome for heresy.
- 1809Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
- 1864American Civil War: The Ship becomes the first submarine to engage and sink a warship, the USS Housatonic.
- 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.
- 1969New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- 1979The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
- 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.
- 1998Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops kill 70–90 Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Qaradağlı.
Who were born on February 17?
- 1519Francis, Duke of Guise, French soldier and politician (d. 1563)
- 1653Arcangelo Corelli, Italian composer (d. 1713)
- 1946Dodie Stevens, American singer
- 1962David McComb, Australian musician (The Triffids) (d. 1999)
- 1964Buster Olney, American sports columnist
- 1976Kelly Carlson, American actress
- 1976Scott Williamson, American baseball player
- 1979Josh Willingham, American baseball player
- 1984AB de Villiers, South African cricketer
- 1988Natascha Kampusch, Austrian kidnapping victim
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