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 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.
  • 1346
    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.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown.
  • 1814
    London Beer Flood occurs in London, killing nine.
  • 1888
    Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
  • 1907
    Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
  • 1966
    Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations.
  • 1970
    Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
  • 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.
  • 2010
    Mary MacKillop is canonized (in Rome) and becomes the first saint of Australia.

Who were born on October 17?

  • 1817
    Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Hindustani intellectual (d. 1898)
  • 1912
    Jack Owens, American singer/songwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1920
    Montgomery Clift, American actor (d. 1966)
  • 1926
    Beverly Garland, American actress (d. 2008)
  • 1947
    Michael McKean, American actor
  • 1951
    Annie Borckink, Dutch ice-skater
  • 1959
    Ron Drummond, American writer
  • 1965
    Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1968
    Ziggy Marley, Jamaican musician
  • 1972
    Tarkan, Turkish singer

Who died on October 17?

  • 1660
    Adrian Scrope, English regicide (b. 1601)
  • 1776
    Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (b. 1681)
  • 1786
    Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss artist (b. 1723)
  • 1806
    Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Haitian independence leader (b. 1758)
  • 1836
    Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (b. 1782)
  • 1970
    Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1978
    Giovanni Gronchi, 3rd President of the Italian Republic (b. 1887)
  • 1981
    Albert Cohen, Swiss author (b. 1895)
  • 1983
    Raymond Aron, French philosopher (b. 1905)
  • 1987
    Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1925)

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