October 17: Day of the Week
October 17, 2023 is the 290th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
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.
October 17 Historical Event(s)
- 1448Second Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi is defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
- 1662Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.
- 1777American Revolutionary War: British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army at Saratoga, New York.
- 1806Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti is assassinated after an oppressive rule.
- 1888Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
- 1977German 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.
- 1980As part of the Holy See – United Kingdom relations a British monarch makes the first state visit to the Vatican
- 19891989 Loma Prieta earthquake (7.1 on the Richter scale) hits the San Francisco Bay Area and causes 57 deaths directly (and 6 indirectly).
- 2000Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.
- 2001Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi became the first Israeli minister to be assassinated in a terrorist attack.
Who were born on October 17?
- 1918Rita Hayworth, American actress (d. 1987)
- 1921George Mackay Brown, Scottish Poet (d.1996)
- 1921Maria Gorokhovskaya, Soviet gymnast (d. 2001)
- 1937Paxton Whitehead, English actor
- 1947Gene Green, American politician
- 1947Simi Garewal, Indian actress
- 1958Alan Jackson, American singer and songwriter
- 1960Guy Henry, English actor
- 1962Mike Judge, American cartoonist, filmmaker and voice actor
- 1979Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
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