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 291st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 4, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,602,892,800 seconds 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 ‘dihectaenneacontahenagon’ 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 118 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 2,857 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 17 Historical Events

  • 1456
    The University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe (also for a period the oldest in Sweden, and Prussia)
  • 1771
    Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Mozart, age 15.
  • 1888
    Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
  • 1905
    The October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    As part of the Holy See – United Kingdom relations a British monarch makes the first state visit to the Vatican
  • 1989
    1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (7.1 on the Richter scale) hits the San Francisco Bay Area and causes 57 deaths directly (and 6 indirectly).
  • 1994
    Russian journalist Dmitry Kholodov is assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces.
  • 2000
    Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.

Who were born on October 17?

  • 1688
    Domenico Zipoli, Italian composer (d. 1726)
  • 1864
    Elinor Glyn, British writer (d. 1943)
  • 1906
    Paul Derringer, American baseball player (d. 1987)
  • 1950
    Philippe Barbarin, French cardinal
  • 1951
    Roger Pontare, Swedish singer
  • 1959
    Ron Drummond, American writer
  • 1969
    Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian
  • 1973
    Andrea Tarozzi, Italian footballer
  • 1974
    Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
  • 1983
    Ivan Saenko, Russian football player

Who died on October 17?

  • 1910
    Julia Ward Howe, American composer and abolitionist (b. 1819)
  • 1934
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish histologist and neuroscientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1852)
  • 1956
    Anne Crawford, British film actor (b. 1920)
  • 1965
    John Barton King, Philadelphian cricketer (b. 1873)
  • 1970
    Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1983
    Raymond Aron, French philosopher (b. 1905)
  • 1996
    Chris Acland, English drummer (Lush) (b. 1966)
  • 1999
    Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist (b. 1915)
  • 2008
    Levi Stubbs, American baritone singer (Four Tops) (b. 1936)
  • 2011
    Carl Lindner, Jr., Cincinnati businessman and one of the world’s richest people (b. 1919)

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