What happened on March 17? There are more than 282 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About March 17

March 17 In HistoryMarch 17 is the 76th day of the year 2021. There are 289 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 11th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Woodbridge, Virginia 22195 sunrise will occur at 07:16 AM and sunset will occur at 07:19 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Pisces. The modern birthstone for this month is Aquamarine while the mystical birthstone is Jade.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 321 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For March 17

  • 45 BC
    In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
  • 180
    Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
  • 624
    Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
  • 1337
    Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England.
  • 1776
    American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, Massachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
  • 1780
    American Revolution: George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence”.
  • 1805
    The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
  • 1842
    The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is formed;
  • 1860
    The First Taranaki War begins in Taranaki, New Zealand, a major phase of the New Zealand land wars.
  • 1861
    The Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) is proclaimed.
  • 1891
    SS Utopia collides with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sinks, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board.
  • 1921
    The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution.
  • 1939
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
  • 1941
    In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland.
  • 1945
    The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany collapses, ten days after its capture.
  • 1947
    First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.
  • 1948
    Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
  • 1950
    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name “Californium”.
  • 1957
    A plane crash in Cebu, Philippines kills Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.
  • 1958
    The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  • 1959
    Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.
  • 1960
    U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
  • 1966
    Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the Ship DSV submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
  • 1969
    Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
  • 1970
    My Lai Massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.
  • 1973
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
  • 1979
    The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers.
  • 1985
    Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
  • 1988
    A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into a mountainside near the Venezuelan border killing 143.
  • 1988
    Eritrean 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.
  • 1992
    A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%.
  • 1992
    Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242.
  • 2000
    More 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.
  • 2003
    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Robin Cook, resigns from the British Cabinet in disagreement with government plans for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
  • 2004
    Unrest in Kosovo: More than 22 are killed and 200 wounded. 35 Serbian Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Niš are destroyed.
  • 2008
    Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson becomes New York State governor.

Who Were Born On March 17?

  • 1231
    Emperor Shijō of Japan (d. 1242)
  • 1473
    King James IV of Scotland (d. 1513)
  • 1628
    François Girardon, French sculptor (d. 1715)
  • 1676
    Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (d. 1732)
  • 1725
    Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (d. 1806)
  • 1747
    Johannes Jährig, German linguist (d. 1795)
  • 1777
    Patrick Bronte, Anglo-Irish writer, curate, and father of the Bronte sisters
  • 1777
    Roger Brooke Taney, 5th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (d. 1864)
  • 1780
    Thomas Chalmers, Scottish pastor, social reformer, author, and scientist (d. 1847)
  • 1781
    Ebenezer Elliott, British poet (d. 1849)
  • 1787
    Edmund Kean, English actor (d. 1833)
  • 1804
    Jim Bridger, American trapper and explorer (d. 1881)
  • 1820
    Jean Ingelow, English poet (d. 1897)
  • 1834
    Gottlieb Daimler, German engineer and inventor (d. 1900)
  • 1846
    Kate Greenaway, English children’s author and illustrator (d. 1901)
  • 1856
    Mikhail Vrubel, Russian painter (d. 1910)
  • 1862
    Silvio Gesell, Belgian economist (d. 1930)
  • 1864
    Joseph Baptista, Indian Home Rule Movement founder (d. 1930)
  • 1866
    Pierce Butler, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1939)
  • 1870
    Horace Donisthorpe, British entomologist (d. 1951)
  • 1872
    Konstantinos Skarlatos, Greek Olympic shooter (d. 1969)
  • 1877
    Otto Gross, Austrian psychoanalyst (d. 1920)
  • 1880
    Lawrence Oates, English army officer and Antarctic explorer (d. 1912)
  • 1880
    Sir Patrick Hastings, British barrister (d. 1952)
  • 1881
    Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1883
    Urmuz, Romanian writer (d. 1923)
  • 1884
    Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1934)
  • 1886
    Princess Patricia of Connaught, British princess (d. 1974)
  • 1888
    Paul Ramadier, French politician (d. 1961)
  • 1892
    Benjamin Drake Van Wissen, Australian Engineer (d. 1984)
  • 1894
    Paul Green, American writer (d. 1981)
  • 1897
    Jozef C. Mazur, American stained glass artist and painter (d. 1970)
  • 1900
    Alfred Newman, American film composer (d. 1970)
  • 1902
    Bobby Jones, American golfer (d. 1971)
  • 1907
    Sonny Werblin, American football franchise owner (d. 1991)
  • 1908
    Brigitte Helm, German actress (d. 1996)
  • 1911
    Vello Kaaristo, Estonian cross-country skier (d. 1965)
  • 1912
    Bayard Rustin, American civil rights activist (d. 1987)
  • 1914
    Sammy Baugh, American football player (d. 2008)
  • 1915
    Henry Bumstead, American art director (d. 2006)
  • 1916
    Ray Ellington, British singer (d. 1985)
  • 1919
    Nat King Cole, American singer (d. 1965)
  • 1920
    Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Founding Leader of Bangladesh (d. 1975)
  • 1921
    Meir Amit, Israeli politician and general (d. 2009)
  • 1925
    Gabriele Ferzetti, Italian film and stage actor
  • 1926
    Siegfried Lenz, German writer
  • 1928
    William John McKeag, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    James Irwin, American astronaut (d. 1991)
  • 1930
    Paul Horn, American jazz flutist
  • 1931
    David Peakall, British scientist (d. 2001)
  • 1932
    Donald N. Langenberg, American physicist
  • 1933
    Myrlie Evers-Williams, American activist
  • 1936
    Ken Mattingly, American astronaut
  • 1936
    Ladislav Kupkovic, Slovakian composer
  • 1936
    Patty Maloney, American actress
  • 1937
    Adam Wade, American singer and actor
  • 1937
    Rudy Ray Moore, American comedian and actor (d. 2008)
  • 1938
    Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1938
    Rudolf Nureyev, Russian-born dancer and choreographer (d. 1993)
  • 1938
    Zola Taylor, American singer (The Platters) (d. 2007)
  • 1939
    Jim Gary, American sculptor (d. 2006)
  • 1939
    Robin Knox-Johnston, British Yachtsman
  • 1940
    Mark White, American politician
  • 1941
    Paul Kantner, American musician (Jefferson Airplane)
  • 1941
    Wang Jin-pyng, Taiwanese politician
  • 1942
    John Wayne Gacy, American serial killer (d. 1994)
  • 1944
    Cito Gaston, American baseball player and manager
  • 1944
    John Sebastian, American singer and songwriter
  • 1944
    Pattie Boyd, British photographer and model
  • 1945
    Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (d. 1982)
  • 1945
    Michael Hayden, American Air Force General, CIA director
  • 1947
    James Morrow, American author
  • 1947
    Jan Andersson, Swedish politician
  • 1947
    Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born composer and producer
  • 1948
    Alex MacDonald, Scottish footballer and football manager
  • 1948
    William Gibson, American writer
  • 1949
    Daniel Lavoie, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1949
    Pat Rice, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
  • 1949
    Patrick Duffy, American actor
  • 1950
    Patrick Adams, American record producer and songwriter
  • 1951
    Craig Ramsay, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1951
    Donald Findlay, Scottish lawyer
  • 1951
    Kurt Russell, American actor
  • 1951
    Scott Gorham, American musician (Thin Lizzy)
  • 1952
    Barry Horne, Animal rights activist (d. 2001)
  • 1952
    Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • 1953
    Chuck Muncie, American football running back
  • 1953
    Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary (d. 2001)
  • 1954
    Lesley-Anne Down, English actress
  • 1955
    Cynthia McKinney, American politician, Presidential candidate
  • 1955
    Gary Sinise, American actor
  • 1956
    Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist
  • 1956
    Rory McGrath, English comedian and writer
  • 1957
    Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1957
    Michael Kelly, American journalist (d. 2003)
  • 1958
    Pat Bolland, Canadian Broadcaster
  • 1959
    Christian Clemenson, American actor
  • 1959
    Danny Ainge, American basketball player and coach
  • 1959
    Paul Black, American rock singer
  • 1960
    Arye Gross, American actor
  • 1960
    Rebeca Arthur, American actress
  • 1960
    Vicki Lewis, American actress
  • 1961
    Alexander Bard, Swedish artist, singer (Army Of Lovers), music producer, and philosopher
  • 1961
    Andrew Paul, English actor
  • 1961
    Casey Siemaszko, American actor
  • 1961
    Dana Reeve, American actress and activist (d. 2006)
  • 1961
    Marcus Dillistone, Royal premiered and award-winning British film director.
  • 1961
    Sam Bowie, American basketball player
  • 1962
    Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, Dutch politician
  • 1962
    Clare Grogan, Scottish actress-singer
  • 1963
    Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Chinese actor
  • 1963
    Nick Peros, Canadian composer
  • 1964
    Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1964
    Lee Dixon, English footballer
  • 1964
    Rob Lowe, American actor
  • 1966
    Jeremy Sheffield, English actor
  • 1967
    Barry Minkow, American criminal and fraudster
  • 1967
    Billy Corgan, American musician (Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 1969
    Alexander McQueen, British fashion designer (d. 2010)
  • 1969
    Mathew St. Patrick, American actor
  • 1969
    Patricia Ford, American model
  • 1970
    Gene Ween, American musician (Ween)
  • 1970
    Yanic Truesdale, Canadian actor
  • 1971
    Bill Mueller, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
  • 1972
    Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian musician
  • 1972
    Mia Hamm, American soccer player
  • 1973
    Caroline Corr, Irish singer and musician
  • 1973
    Jerome Woods, American football player
  • 1973
    Rico Blanco, Filipino singer (Rivermaya)
  • 1973
    Vance Wilson, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Marisa Coughlan, American actress
  • 1974
    Mark Dolan, British TV show host
  • 1974
    Oliver Palotai, German keyboard player (Doro)
  • 1975
    Andrew “Test” Martin, Canadian wrestler (d. 2009)
  • 1975
    Gina Holden, Canadian actress
  • 1975
    Justin Hawkins, British singer (The Darkness)
  • 1975
    Mason Jennings, American folksinger
  • 1975
    Natalie Zea, American actress
  • 1975
    Puneet Rajkumar, Indian (Kannada) actor, singer and director
  • 1976
    Álvaro Recoba, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1976
    Brittany Daniel, American actress
  • 1976
    Cynthia Daniel, American actress and photographer
  • 1976
    Scott Downs, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Stephen Gately, Irish singer, musician, and actor (Boyzone) (d. 2009)
  • 1978
    Adam Jennings, British actor, producer and director
  • 1979
    Andrew Ference, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Nicole “Coco” Austin, American glamor model
  • 1979
    Samoa Joe, Samoan wrestler
  • 1979
    Sharman Joshi, Indian actor
  • 1979
    Stephen Kramer Glickman, American actor and comedian
  • 1979
    Stormy Daniels, American pornographic actress
  • 1980
    Danny Califf, American soccer player
  • 1980
    Katie Morgan, American pornographic actress
  • 1981
    Aaron Baddeley, Australian golfer
  • 1981
    Kyle Korver, American basketball player
  • 1981
    Servet Çetin, Turkish footballer
  • 1981
    Thorsten Stuckmann, German footballer
  • 1982
    Steven Pienaar, South African footballer
  • 1983
    Raul Meireles, Portuguese footballer
  • 1985
    Vassiliki Arvaniti, Greek beach volleyball player
  • 1986
    Edin Džeko, Bosnian footballer
  • 1986
    Miles Kane, British musician
  • 1986
    Olesya Rulin, Russian actress
  • 1987
    Bobby Ryan, American ice hockey player
  • 1987
    Krisnan Inu, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1987
    Rob Kardashian, American model and singer
  • 1987
    Ryan Parent, Canadian hockey player
  • 1990
    Saina Nehwal, Indian badminton player

Who Died On March 17?

  • 45 BC
    Titus Labienus, Roman leader
  • 180
    Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (b. 121)
  • 460
    Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland (b. 387)
  • 659
    Gertrude of Nivelles, Belgian abbess (b. 626)
  • 1040
    Harold Harefoot, King of England
  • 1058
    King Lulach I of Scotland (b. 1030)
  • 1199
    Jocelin, bishop of Glasgow
  • 1272
    Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (b. 1220)
  • 1425
    Ashikaga Yoshikazu, Japanese shogun (b. 1407)
  • 1516
    Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1478)
  • 1565
    Alexander Ales, Scottish theologian (b. 1500)
  • 1640
    Philip Massinger, English dramatist (b. 1583)
  • 1649
    Gabriel Lallemant, French Jesuit missionary, one of the Canadian Martyrs (b. 1610)
  • 1680
    François de La Rochefoucauld, French writer (b. 1613)
  • 1704
    Menno van Coehoorn, Dutch military engineer (b. 1641)
  • 1713
    Juraj Jánošík, famous Slovak outlaw (b. 1688)
  • 1715
    Gilbert Burnet, Scottish Bishop of Salisbury (b. 1643)
  • 1741
    Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French poet (b. 1671)
  • 1764
    George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield, English astronomer
  • 1782
    Daniel Bernoulli, Dutch-born mathematician (b. 1700)
  • 1830
    Laurent, Marquis de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, French marshal (b. 1764)
  • 1846
    Friedrich Bessel, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1784)
  • 1849
    William II of the Netherlands (b. 1792)
  • 1853
    Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist and mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1871
    Robert Chambers, Scottish naturalist (b. 1802)
  • 1875
    Ferdinand Laub, Czech violinist (b. 1832)
  • 1893
    Jules Ferry, French statesman (b. 1832)
  • 1917
    Franz Brentano, German philosopher and psychologist (b. 1838)
  • 1926
    Aleksei Brusilov, Russian general (b. 1853)
  • 1937
    Austen Chamberlain, English statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1863)
  • 1941
    Marguerite Nichols, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1946
    Dai Li, Chinese spymaster (b. 1897)
  • 1949
    Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1956
    Fred Allen, American actor and comedian (b. 1894)
  • 1956
    Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1897)
  • 1957
    Ramon Magsaysay, President of the Philippines (b. 1907)
  • 1961
    Susanna M. Salter, American politician (b. 1860)
  • 1962
    Pat Clayton, British surveyor and explorer (b. 1896)
  • 1965
    Amos Alonzo Stagg, American football coach (b. 1862)
  • 1974
    Louis Kahn, American architect
  • 1976
    Luchino Visconti, Italian director (b. 1906)
  • 1981
    Paul Dean, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1983
    Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1987
    Santo Trafficante, Jr., American gangster (b. 1914)
  • 1988
    Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer (b. 1949)
  • 1989
    Merritt Butrick, American actor (b. 1959)
  • 1990
    Capucine, French actress (b. 1931)
  • 1990
    Ric Grech, British bass player (Blind Faith – Traffic) (b. 1946)
  • 1992
    Grace Stafford, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1993
    Helen Hayes, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 1994
    Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and director (b. 1925)
  • 1995
    Rick Aviles, American actor (b. 1952)
  • 1995
    Ronald “Ronnie” Kray, British gangster (b. 1933)
  • 1996
    René Clément, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1996
    Terry Stafford, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 1997
    Jermaine Stewart, American singer (b. 1957)
  • 1999
    Ernest Gold, Austrian composer (b. 1921)
  • 1999
    Rod Hull, British comedian (b. 1936)
  • 2002
    Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • 2002
    Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 2002
    Van Tien Dung, Vietnamese general and politician (b. 1917)
  • 2003
    Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (b. 1902)
  • 2004
    J.J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
  • 2004
    Rachel Hudson, British murder victim (b. 1984)
  • 2005
    Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • 2005
    George F. Kennan, American Cold War strategist and historian (b. 1904)
  • 2006
    Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2006
    Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor (b. 1955)
  • 2006
    Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (b. 1913)
  • 2007
    Jim Cronin, British animal welfare activist (b. 1951)
  • 2007
    John Backus, American computer scientist (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    Roger Bennett, American gospel performer (b. 1959)
  • 2008
    Roland Arnall, United States Ambassador to the Netherlands (b. 1939)
  • 2009
    Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian politician and TV host (b. 1937)
  • 2010
    Alex Chilton, American musician (b. 1950)
  • 2010
    Charlie Gillett, British musicologist and radio presenter (b. 1942)
  • 2011
    Michael Gough, British actor (b. 1916)

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