March 17: Day of the Week
March 17, 2020 was the 77th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 289 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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Here’s the March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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March 17 Historical Event(s)
- 1776American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, Massachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
- 1941In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- 1945The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany collapses, ten days after its capture.
- 1947First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.
- 1948Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
- 1950Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name “Californium”.
- 1979The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers.
- 1985Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
- 1992Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242.
- 2000More than 800 members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God die in what is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult.
Who were born on March 17?
- 1777Patrick Bronte, Anglo-Irish writer, curate, and father of the Bronte sisters
- 1892Benjamin Drake Van Wissen, Australian Engineer (d. 1984)
- 1894Paul Green, American writer (d. 1981)
- 1897Jozef C. Mazur, American stained glass artist and painter (d. 1970)
- 1920Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Founding Leader of Bangladesh (d. 1975)
- 1936Ken Mattingly, American astronaut
- 1959Paul Black, American rock singer
- 1973Rico Blanco, Filipino singer (Rivermaya)
- 1981Kyle Korver, American basketball player
- 1985Vassiliki Arvaniti, Greek beach volleyball player
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