What happened this day in history October 17

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

October 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 17 is the 290th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 4, 2022 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,766,080 minutes 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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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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 97 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,587 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 17 Historical Events

  • 1091
    London Tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.
  • 1662
    Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.
  • 1905
    The October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
  • 1907
    Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
  • 1917
    First British bombing of Germany in World War I.
  • 1933
    Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
  • 1964
    Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opens the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra.
  • 1966
    A fire at a building in New York, New York kills 12 firefighters, the New York City Fire Department’s deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • 1977
    German Autumn: Four days after it is hijacked, Lufthansa Flight 181 lands in Mogadishu, Somalia, where a team of German GSG 9 commandos later rescues all remaining hostages on board.
  • 1994
    Russian journalist Dmitry Kholodov is assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces.

Who were born on October 17?

  • 1853
    Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (d. 1920)
  • 1892
    Herbert Howells, English composer (d. 1983)
  • 1923
    Barney Kessel, American musician (d. 2004)
  • 1946
    Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (d. 2010)
  • 1946
    Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British stage producer
  • 1948
    George Wendt, American actor
  • 1950
    Howard Rollins, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1957
    Lawrence Bender, American film producer
  • 1959
    Richard Roeper, American film critic
  • 1969
    Wyclef Jean, Haitian singer

Who died on October 17?

  • 1836
    Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (b. 1782)
  • 1931
    Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist (b. 1884)
  • 1934
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish histologist and neuroscientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1852)
  • 1943
    Stefan Starzyński, Polish politician (b. 1893)
  • 1970
    Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1991
    Tennessee Ernie Ford, American singer and television performer (b. 1919)
  • 1992
    Herman Johannes, Indonesian professor, scientist and politician (b. 1912)
  • 1998
    Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
  • 2006
    Daniel Emilfork, French actor (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (b. 1918)

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