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Wednesday October 17, 2018

October 17: Day of the Week

October 17, 2018 was the 290th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 75 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.

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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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.

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October 17 Historical Event(s)

  • 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.
  • 1448
    Second Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi is defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
  • 1456
    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)
  • 1660
    Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown.
  • 1860
    First The Open Championship (referred to in North America as the British Open).
  • 1933
    Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
  • 1970
    Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
  • 1973
    OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria.
  • 2010
    Mary MacKillop is canonized (in Rome) and becomes the first saint of Australia.

Who were born on October 17?

  • 1906
    Paul Derringer, American baseball player (d. 1987)
  • 1918
    Ralph Wilson, American pro football team owner
  • 1930
    Robert Atkins, American nutritionist (d. 2003)
  • 1938
    Evel Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil (d. 2007)
  • 1940
    Peter Stringfellow, British nightclub owner
  • 1946
    Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British stage producer
  • 1947
    Michael McKean, American actor
  • 1956
    Mae Jemison, American astronaut and physician
  • 1970
    Anil Kumble, Indian cricketer
  • 1977
    Bryan Bertino, American film director and screenwriter

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