What are the important events that happened on October 17, 1979? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 17, 1979: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 17, 1979 is the 290th day of the year 1979 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 4, 1979 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 85,824 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaenneacontagon’ day.

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If a person born on this day saved a Dime every day starting at age 4, then by now that person has accumulated $1,200.00. (Assuming this person is still alive today.)

Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

Sheep is the mythical animal and Earth is the element for this person if we consider the very old art of Chinese astrology.

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October 17, 1979 Historical Events

  • 1979
    Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1979
    The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.

Who were born on October 17, 1979?

  • 1979
    Alexandros Nikolaidis, Greek taekwondo athlete
  • 1979
    Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish race car driver
  • 1979
    Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
  • 1979
    Marcela Bovio, Mexican singer and violinist (Stream of Passion)

Who died on October 17, 1979?

  • 1979
    John Stuart, Scottish actor (b. 1898)
  • 1979
    S. J. Perelman, American writer (b. 1904)

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