About March 17

March 17, 2020 is the 77th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

What Happened On March 17

  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
  • 1958
    The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  • 1959
    Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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