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.
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 BCCyrus 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.
- 1448Second Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi is defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
- 1456The University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe (also for a period the oldest in Sweden, and Prussia)
- 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.
- 1860First The Open Championship (referred to in North America as the British Open).
- 1933Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
- 1970Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
- 1973OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria.
- 2010Mary MacKillop is canonized (in Rome) and becomes the first saint of Australia.
Who were born on October 17?
- 1906Paul Derringer, American baseball player (d. 1987)
- 1918Ralph Wilson, American pro football team owner
- 1930Robert Atkins, American nutritionist (d. 2003)
- 1938Evel Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil (d. 2007)
- 1940Peter Stringfellow, British nightclub owner
- 1946Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British stage producer
- 1947Michael McKean, American actor
- 1956Mae Jemison, American astronaut and physician
- 1970Anil Kumble, Indian cricketer
- 1977Bryan Bertino, American film director and screenwriter
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