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)
- 1091London Tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.
- 1660Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered.
- 1781American Revolutionary War: British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown.
- 1814London Beer Flood occurs in London, killing nine.
- 1912Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
- 1933Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
- 1941For the first time in World War II, a German submarine attacks an American ship.
- 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.
- 1979The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.
Who were born on October 17?
- 1920Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist (d. 2010)
- 1925Harry Carpenter, English sports commentator (d. 2010)
- 1933Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun (d. 1985)
- 1938Les Murray, Australian poet
- 1946Michael Hossack, American musician (The Doobie Brothers)
- 1946Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British stage producer
- 1960Guy Henry, English actor
- 1960Rob Marshall, American director
- 1980Yekaterina Gamova, Russian volleyball player
- 1984Randall Munroe, American cartoonist
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