About February 17

February 17, 2022 is the 48th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Aquarius is the sun 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 339 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 17

  • 1500
    Duke Friedrich and Duke Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
  • 1600
    The philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori in Rome for heresy.
  • 1753
    In Sweden February 17 is followed by March 1 as the country moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
  • 1801
    An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.
  • 1809
    Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio.
  • 1819
    The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.
  • 1854
    The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina, is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.
  • 1904
    Madama Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan.
  • 1924
    In Miami, Florida, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100 meters freestyle swimming competition with a time of 57.4 seconds.
  • 1933
    Newsweek magazine is published for the first time.
  • 1933
    The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
  • 1959
    Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
  • 1964
    In Wesberry v. Sanders the Supreme Court of the United States rules that congressional districts have to be approximately equal in population.
  • 1969
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1979
    The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
  • 1995
    The Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador ends on a cease-fire brokered by the UN.
  • 1998
    Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops kill 70–90 Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Qaradağlı.
  • 2003
    The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
  • 2008
    Kosovo declares independence.

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