About February 17

February 17, 2020 is the 48th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 318 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 361 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 17

  • 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.
  • 1814
    War of the Sixth Coalition: The Battle of Mormans.
  • 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.
  • 1933
    The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins. The battle ends in an American victory on February 22.
  • 1959
    Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
  • 1964
    Gabonese president Leon M'ba is toppled by a coup and his rival, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, is installed in his place.
  • 1968
    In Springfield, Massachusetts, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
  • 1972
    Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T.
  • 1974
    Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.
  • 1996
    In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
  • 1998
    Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops kill 70–90 Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Qaradağlı.
  • 2006
    A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • 2011
    Libyan protests begin
  • 2026
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.

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