October 17: Day of the Week
October 17, 2021 is the 290th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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.
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October 17 Historical Event(s)
- 1604Kepler’s Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus.
- 1610French king Louis XIII is crowned in Rheims.
- 1800Britain takes control of the Dutch colony of Curaçao.
- 1907Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
- 1945Archbishop 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.
- 1956The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England.
- 1961Scores of Algerian protesters (some claim up to 400) are massacred by the Paris police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Prefecture of Police.
- 1966Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations.
- 1970Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
- 2001Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi became the first Israeli minister to be assassinated in a terrorist attack.
Who were born on October 17?
- 1915Arthur Miller, American playwright (d. 2005)
- 1924Don Coryell, American football head coach (d. 2010)
- 1933Bill Anders, American astronaut
- 1935Sydney Chapman, English politician and architect
- 1938Les Murray, Australian poet
- 1950Howard Rollins, American actor (d. 1996)
- 1957Vincent Van Patten, American actor
- 1965Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer
- 1979Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish race car driver
- 1992Sam Concepcion, Filipino performer and actor
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