March 17: Day of the Week
March 17, 2021 is the 76th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is 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 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)
- 180Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
- 624Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
- 1939Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
- 1942Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland.
- 1947First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.
- 1973The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
- 1985Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
- 1988Eritrean War of Independence: The Nadew Command, an Ethiopian army corps in Eritrea, is attacked on three sides by military units of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front in the opening action of the Battle of Afabet.
- 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?
- 1676Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (d. 1732)
- 1747Johannes Jährig, German linguist (d. 1795)
- 1846Kate Greenaway, English children’s author and illustrator (d. 1901)
- 1937Rudy Ray Moore, American comedian and actor (d. 2008)
- 1938Zola Taylor, American singer (The Platters) (d. 2007)
- 1940Mark White, American politician
- 1964Lee Dixon, English footballer
- 1971Bill Mueller, American baseball player
- 1979Stormy Daniels, American pornographic actress
- 1987Ryan Parent, Canadian hockey player
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