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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1921
    The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution.
  • 1958
    The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
  • 1979
    The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers.
  • 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.
  • 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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