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, 445,248 hours 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
Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti is assassinated after an oppressive rule.
The October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
Al Capone convicted of income tax evasion.
Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens becomes Prime Minister of Greece between the pull-out of the German occupation force in 1944 and the return of King Georgios II to Greece.
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.
OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria.
At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
The pinnacle is fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 56 m and become the World’s tallest highrise.
Who were born on October 17?
Isaak Markovich Khalatnikov, Russian physicist
George Mackay Brown, Scottish Poet (d.1996)
Charles McClendon, American football coach (d. 2001)
Adam Michnik, Polish activist
George Wendt, American actor
Shari Ulrich, Canadian musician-songwriter, member of Pied Pumkin and UHF
Alan Jackson, American singer and songwriter
Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
Yekaterina Gamova, Russian volleyball player
Bea Alonzo, Filipina actress
Who died on October 17?
Pope Boniface II
Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (b. 1824)
Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (b. 1865)
Wieland Wagner, German stage director (b. 1917)
Henry Pu Yi, last Emperor of China (b. 1906)
Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
George, Crown Prince of Serbia (b. 1887)
Orestis Laskos, Greek film director, screenwriter and actor (b. 1908)
Aileen Riggin, American swimmer (b. 1906)
Carl Lindner, Jr., Cincinnati businessman and one of the world’s richest people (b. 1919)
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