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 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 4, 2021 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 27,240,480 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 107 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 3,222 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 17 Historical Events
539 BC –
Cyrus the Great marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost 70 years of exile. Cyrus allows the Jews to return to Yehud Medinata and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.
Battle of Neville’s Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III of England near Durham, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.
American Revolutionary War: British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown.
London Beer Flood occurs in London, killing nine.
Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations.
Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.
Mary MacKillop is canonized (in Rome) and becomes the first saint of Australia.
Who were born on October 17?
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Hindustani intellectual (d. 1898)
Jack Owens, American singer/songwriter (d. 1982)
Montgomery Clift, American actor (d. 1966)
Beverly Garland, American actress (d. 2008)
Michael McKean, American actor
Annie Borckink, Dutch ice-skater
Ron Drummond, American writer
Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer
Ziggy Marley, Jamaican musician
Tarkan, Turkish singer
Who died on October 17?
Adrian Scrope, English regicide (b. 1601)
Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (b. 1681)
Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss artist (b. 1723)
Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Haitian independence leader (b. 1758)
Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (b. 1782)
Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
Giovanni Gronchi, 3rd President of the Italian Republic (b. 1887)
Albert Cohen, Swiss author (b. 1895)
Raymond Aron, French philosopher (b. 1905)
Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1925)
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