March 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, March 17, 1908, the quickest boxing match in history took place?

Happy St Patrick’s Day! March 17th is National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day & Submarine Day.

Welcome to the 76th day of the year! We’re gradually getting through the year, but we still have another 289 days until we reach the new year.

If this day means something to you then you’ll want to know all the things that happened this day in history. Here we have some interesting events from history and so much more!

Did you know that on this day in 1908, the quickest boxing match in history took place? Tommy Burns knocked out Jem Roche in just 88 seconds.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about March 17th in history!

What Events Happened On March 17 In History?

2014 Pop singer-songwriter Sia released her hit single “Chandelier.”

OTD in 2014: Pop singer-songwriter Sia released her hit single "Chandelier."

The single reached the top 5 on record charts in 20 countries, including France, Poland, Norway, Australia & New Zealand.

1995 The FDA approved the first chickenpox vaccine.

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1985 The “Night Stalker” serial killer, Richard Ramirez, committed his second and third murders in LA, USA.

1973 London Bridge, designed by Lord Holford, was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

OTD in 1973: London Bridge

1973 Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.

The album spent 736 weeks on Billboard's Top 200 chart, making it one of the most successful albums of all time.

1969 Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

1968 The Bee Gees made their first appearance on TV, performing “Words” and “To Love Somebody” on the Ed Sullivan Show.

1958 NASA launched the Vanguard I satellite.

It was only the second US satellite to go into Earth's orbit, and it successfully measured the shape of our planet.

1950 Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discover Californium, a new radioactive element.

1908 The quickest boxing match in history took place.

Tommy Burns defeated Jem Roche in just 88 seconds.

1905 Albert Einstein wrote his first paper on the Quantum Theory of Light.

OTD in 1905: Albert Einstein wrote his first paper on the Quantum Theory of Light.

This theory would become a cornerstone of modern physics.


1762 New York City held the world’s first St Patrick’s Day Parade.

The celebration still happens today with around 2 million spectators.

432 AD Saint Patrick was captured by Irish raiders from his home in Britain and taken to be a slave in Ireland.

Famous Quotes Said On March 17

Every day brings a new quote – here are the most renowned quotes spoken on this day in history.


“The more in harmony with yourself you are, the more joyful you are, and the more faithful you are. Faith is not to disconnect you from reality, it connects you to reality.”

– Paulo Coelho

Famous People Born On March 17

If today’s your birthday, did you know that you share your special day with Rob Lowe? Here are more famous people who were born on this day.

1987 Rob Kardashian

American TV Personality

Rob Kardashian
36 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1964 Rob Lowe

American Actor

Rob Lowe
59 years old
Born In:
Virginia, USA

1990 Hozier

Irish Musician

33 years old
Born In:
County Wicklow, Ireland

1992 John Boyega

English Actor

John Boyega
31 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1942 John Wayne Gacy

American Serial Killer

John Wayne Gacy
Died On:
May 10, 1994 (Age 52)
Born In:
Illinois, USA

Special Holidays On March 17

If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.

March 17: National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

Corned beef and cabbage are still popular in many parts of the US. Today is National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day and is celebrated alongside St Patrick's Day. Celebrate by rustling up this delicious meal.

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is here, so dig through your wardrobe for all your green clothes and find the green food coloring! The best way to celebrate today is to hold a St. Patricks Day Feast, so you better get inviting your friends over if you haven’t yet!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

All the paint on the Eiffel Tower weighs the same as ten elephants. It gets repainted every seven years without closing to the public.

March 17 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on March 17th shares the zodiac sign of Pisces.

Pisceans are good listeners. They’re able to listen to others closely with empathy and understanding.

Anyone born in March has the Aquamarine birthstone. The ancient Romans used aquamarine to protect their sailors during storms. This gem is known for calming nerves as it channels the soothing qualities of the waves of the sea.

For people born on March 17, your estimated date of conception falls on June 24 in the previous year.

The due date for a baby conceived on March 17th, 2023, is around December 8th.

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