About March 17

March 17, 2021 is the 76th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Pisces is the sun 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 321 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 17

  • 180
    Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1957
    A plane crash in Cebu, Philippines kills Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.
  • 1958
    The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1985
    Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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