Many readers ask The Old Farmer's Almanac what happened on their birthday--or the birthday of a loved one.. To help out, we've put together an everything-birthdays page! Find fun birthday facts, birthday history, folklore, and more!
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Weather History for March 17
1906: Fifty degrees below zero F, Snake River, Wyoming
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Birthday Lore for March 17
You are retiring, thoughtful, and rather philosophical, and have definite opinions. You do not invite the advances of others and, when you receive them, are indifferent. Those who are fortunate enough to gain your confidence are true and loyal friends.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1951: Kurt Russell (actor)
Born 1972: Mia Hamm (soccer player, Olympic gold medalist)
Born 1971: Bill Mueller (baseball player)
On This Day in History
1945: Battle of Iwo Jima ended with U.S. victory (WW II)
1978: One of the worst oil spills in history occured when supertanker Amoco Cadiz broke in two off the Brittany coast in France, dumping more than 223,000 tons of crude oil into the sea
1755: The Transylvania Land Company bought what became the state of Kentucky for $50,000, from a Cherokee Indian chief
Signs of the Zodiac
PISCES (February 20-March 20)
The Fish. Ruling planet: Neptune. Element: Water. Quality: Creativity. Ability: Understanding. You are the romantic dreamers of the zodiac. As with Aquarius, some of you more go-getter types might prefer to go back and read the Capricorn section, but the sensitive ones can stay here (there are two distinct types of Pisces). You have the ability to visit the Muses and bring back a fine creativity.Unlike the other signs of the zodiac, you possess no singular energy of your own; rather, you are a combination of all of the signs. Because you have an overwhelming desire to merge consciously or unconsciously, you intuit what others need from you and you act accordingly. The compassion and understanding that is your ultimate gift can sometimes be problematic until you have learned how to define yourself.