March 17: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On March 17, learn about the most interesting historical events and facts that occurred throughout history. The 17th of March is the 76th day of the Gregorian calendar (77th in leap years); it commemorates the first flight of the B-45 Tornado, the first operational jet bomber, and the launch of the Vanguard 1 satellite, the first orbital satellite launched with solar electric power.

Pisces is the zodiac sign for March 17th. Nat King Cole, James Irwin, Alexander McQueen, Mia Hamm, and Katie Ledecky are all born on March 17th. National Corn Dog Day and St. Patrick’s Day both fall on March 17th.


(March 17, 461 A.D.)
According to mythology, St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died on this day in 461, and his feast day is today extensively commemorated in Ireland and the United States.

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(March 17, 1969)
Golda Meir became Israel's fourth Prime Minister and the country's first female Prime Minister.

(March 17, 1992)
On this day in 1992, over 69 percent of white South African voters supported F.W. de Klerk's reforms, which included the removal of racially restrictive legislation, thereby endorsing apartheid's demise.

(March 17, 2000)
A fire at the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God's headquarters in Kanungu, Uganda, led to the discovery of over 775 dead, many of them poisoned.

(March 17, 2005)
Andre Norton, an American author who wrote more than 130 sci-fi and fantasy adventure stories for children and adults, died at the age of 93.

(Died on March 17, 2021)
John Magufuli, the fifth President of Tanzania (b. 1959).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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