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17 March: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


17 March: Are you curious to find out what happened on this day in history?

Today has been a potpourri of mixed events ranging from war to marriage.

This day also remembers some of the brightest minds in history. So, let’s unwrap and see what special day is today.

17 March: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 17 March

People & Governments

    • 1861 – In Turin, Italy, after more than 10 years of revolution led by such figures as Giuseppe Garibaldi, a parliament assembled and officially proclaimed the unified Kingdom of Italy.
    • 1905 – Franklin D. Roosevelt married his distant cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt, in New York City.
    • 1938 – Nine air raids total took place in Spain. About 300 lives were reported lost as a result of this attack, which took place in the city of Barcelona.
    • 1948Brussels Treaty: This was the date of the signing of the 50-year Western European Treaty. The countries of Britain, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg all agreed to participate in this agreement, which included a provision for each of these countries to provide one another with military aid.
    • 1968 – 10,000 Anti Vietnam war demonstrators rally at Trafalgar square.
    • 1969Golda Meir became the fourth prime minister of Israel.
    • 2000 – A fire broke out at the headquarters of the doomsday cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God in Kanungu, Uganda, and it eventually led to the discovery of more than 775 bodies, many of which had been poisoned; the cult’s leaders were believed to have killed their followers after a promised apocalypse did not occur.


    • 1949 – The first car with a Porsche badge was shown at International Automobile Show in Geneva, Switzerland on a Porsche 356.

Birth Anniversaries (17 March)

    • 1473James IV, King of Scotland from 1488 to 1513. An energetic and popular ruler, he unified Scotland under royal control.
    • 1834Gottlieb Daimler, German mechanical engineer who was a major figure in the early history of the automotive industry.
    • 1919Nat King Cole, American musician hailed as one of the best and most influential pianists and small-group leaders of the swing era.
    • 1933Myrlie Evers-Williams, American activist and the wife of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
    • 1962Kalpana Chawla, Indian-American astronaut who became the first Indian-born woman to go to space in 1997.
    • 1969Alexander McQueen, British designer known for his groundbreaking clothes, shocking catwalk shows, and precise tailoring.

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Death Anniversaries (17 March)

    • 1406Ibn Khaldūn, the greatest Arab historian, who developed one of the earliest nonreligious philosophies of history.
    • 1782Daniel Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and physicist.
    • 1853Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist who first described how the observed frequency of light and sound waves is affected by the relative motion of the source and the detector.
    • 1957Ramon Magsaysay, president of the Philippines (1953–57), best known for successfully defeating the communist-led Hukbalahap (Huk) movement.
    • 2017Derek Walcott, West Indian poet and playwright noted for works that explored the Caribbean cultural experience. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.

What Special Day is Today: 17 March


    • National Farm Rescuer Day – March 16, 2023 (Third Thursday in March)
    • Submarine Day
    • St. Patrick’s Day – Mostly worldwide, Origin – Ireland


We hope this article was interesting and you found out what special day is today.

This day has  been a notable one for the amazing people and their contributions to mankind. We wish you all an amazing day ahead too.

If you have any interesting facts to share or anything to add to the above list, please share it in the comments. We would love to hear from you.



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