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
London Tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.
Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.
The October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
First British bombing of Germany in World War I.
Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opens the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra.
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.
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.
Russian journalist Dmitry Kholodov is assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces.
Who were born on October 17?
Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (d. 1920)
Herbert Howells, English composer (d. 1983)
Barney Kessel, American musician (d. 2004)
Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (d. 2010)
Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British stage producer
George Wendt, American actor
Howard Rollins, American actor (d. 1996)
Lawrence Bender, American film producer
Richard Roeper, American film critic
Wyclef Jean, Haitian singer
Who died on October 17?
Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (b. 1782)
Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist (b. 1884)
Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish histologist and neuroscientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1852)
Stefan Starzyński, Polish politician (b. 1893)
Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
Tennessee Ernie Ford, American singer and television performer (b. 1919)
Herman Johannes, Indonesian professor, scientist and politician (b. 1912)
Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
Daniel Emilfork, French actor (b. 1924)
Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (b. 1918)
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