March 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on March 17



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

Welcome to the 77th day of the year! We’re gradually getting through the year, but we still have another 289 days left in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about March 17th in history!


What memorable events happened on March 17 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Vladimir Putin won the Russian Presidential election again.

While Putin supposedly won 88% of the vote, major Western nations, including the US, UK, and Germany, claimed that the vote was neither free nor fair. One key part of this was the fact that all viable political opponents were either imprisoned or censored.


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.


The FDA approved the first chickenpox vaccine.


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


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

OTD in 1973: London Bridge


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.


Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel.


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


NASA launched the Vanguard I satellite.

OTD in 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.


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


The UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France signed the Treaty of Brussels.

Sometimes referred to as the Brussels Pact, the treaty revolved around organizing economic and military cooperation between the signing members. It also included a mutual defense clause, which led directly to the North Atlantic Treaty and the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).


The quickest boxing match in history took place.

Tommy Burns defeated Jem Roche in just 88 seconds.


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.


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 Births

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.


Rob Kardashian


TV Personality

Rob Kardashian


37 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Rob Lowe



Rob Lowe


60 years old

Born In:

Virginia, USA







34 years old

Born In:

County Wicklow, Ireland


John Boyega



John Boyega


32 years old

Born In:

England, UK


John Wayne Gacy


Serial Killer

John Wayne Gacy

Died On:

May 10, 1994 (Age 52)

Born In:

Illinois, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, March 17th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Lance Reddick



Lance Reddick



Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick was an American actor born on June 7, 1962. He died on this day in 2023, at age 60 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died On:

Mar 17, 2023 (Age 60)

Died In:

California, USA


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

Paulo Coelho

Brazilian Lyricist

Special Holidays

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

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!

March 17: National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
United States

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.

THe Fact Site’s

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.

Birthday & Zodiac

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, 2024, is around December 8th.

Fact Check

We have a thorough fact-checking process and a dedicated team verifying our content for accuracy. But occasionally, we may get things wrong, or information becomes outdated. If you believe something to be incorrect, please leave us a message below.

Leave a Comment