About March 17

March 17, 2024 is the 77th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

What Happened On March 17

  • 624
    Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1945
    The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany collapses, ten days after its capture.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%.
  • 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.
  • 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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