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
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)
Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Mozart, age 15.
Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
The October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
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.
The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.
As part of the Holy See – United Kingdom relations a British monarch makes the first state visit to the Vatican
1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (7.1 on the Richter scale) hits the San Francisco Bay Area and causes 57 deaths directly (and 6 indirectly).
Russian journalist Dmitry Kholodov is assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces.
Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.
Who were born on October 17?
Domenico Zipoli, Italian composer (d. 1726)
Elinor Glyn, British writer (d. 1943)
Paul Derringer, American baseball player (d. 1987)
Philippe Barbarin, French cardinal
Roger Pontare, Swedish singer
Ron Drummond, American writer
Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian
Andrea Tarozzi, Italian footballer
Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
Ivan Saenko, Russian football player
Who died on October 17?
Julia Ward Howe, American composer and abolitionist (b. 1819)
Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish histologist and neuroscientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1852)
Anne Crawford, British film actor (b. 1920)
John Barton King, Philadelphian cricketer (b. 1873)
Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
Raymond Aron, French philosopher (b. 1905)
Chris Acland, English drummer (Lush) (b. 1966)
Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist (b. 1915)
Levi Stubbs, American baritone singer (Four Tops) (b. 1936)
Carl Lindner, Jr., Cincinnati businessman and one of the world’s richest people (b. 1919)
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