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 French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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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.
- 1753In Sweden February 17 is followed by March 1 as the country moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
- 1809Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
- 1838Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
- 1854The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
- 1871The victorious Prussian Army parades though Paris, France after the end of the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
- 1904Madama Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan.
- 1988New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- 2003The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
- 2008Kosovo declares independence.
Who were born on February 17?
- 1490Charles III, Duke of Bourbon, Constable of France (d. 1527)
- 1581Fausto Poli, Italian Catholic priest (d. 1653)
- 1792Karl Ernst von Baer, German biologist (d. 1876)
- 1820Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, Catholic cardinal (d. 1898)
- 1848Louisa Lawson, Australian suffragist and writer (d. 1920)
- 1885Steve Evans, American baseball player (d. 1943)
- 1910Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (d. 1979)
- 1977Wong Choong Hann, Malaysian badminton player
- 1980Al Harrington, American basketball player
- 1982Adriano, Brazilian footballer
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