October 17: Day of the Week
October 17, 2019 is the 290th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.
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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.
- 1604Kepler’s Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus.
- 1777American Revolutionary War: British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army at Saratoga, New York.
- 1917First British bombing of Germany in World War I.
- 1941For the first time in World War II, a German submarine attacks an American ship.
- 1941German troops execute the male population of the villages Kerdyllia in Serres, Greece.
- 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.
- 1979Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- 1980As part of the Holy See – United Kingdom relations a British monarch makes the first state visit to the Vatican
Who were born on October 17?
- 1912Jack Owens, American singer/songwriter (d. 1982)
- 1912Theodore Marier, KCSG, American composer, founder of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (d. 2001)
- 1918Ralph Wilson, American pro football team owner
- 1946Michael Hossack, American musician (The Doobie Brothers)
- 1956Mae Jemison, American astronaut and physician
- 1970Anil Kumble, Indian cricketer
- 1970Blues Saraceno, American guitarist
- 1974Janne Puurtinen, Finnish keyboardist (HIM)
- 1988Christina Crawford, American dancer and professional wrestler
- 1990Paolo Campinoti, Italian footballer
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