October 17: Day of the Week
October 17, 2020 is the 291st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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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)
- 1610French king Louis XIII is crowned in Rheims.
- 1800Britain takes control of the Dutch colony of Curaçao.
- 1888Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
- 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.
- 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.
- 1970Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
- 1979Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- 1994Russian journalist Dmitry Kholodov is assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces.
- 2003The 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?
- 1582Johann Gerhard, German Lutheran leader (d. 1637)
- 1853Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (d. 1920)
- 1892Herbert Howells, English composer (d. 1983)
- 1946Adam Michnik, Polish activist
- 1957Vincent Van Patten, American actor
- 1958Alan Jackson, American singer and songwriter
- 1973Andrea Tarozzi, Italian footballer
- 1974Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
- 1980Alessandro Piccolo, Italian racing driver
- 1984Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player
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