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 French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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.
- 1771Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Mozart, age 15.
- 1814London Beer Flood occurs in London, killing nine.
- 1907Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
- 1941For the first time in World War II, a German submarine attacks an American ship.
- 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.
- 1966A fire at a building in New York, New York kills 12 firefighters, the New York City Fire Department’s deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks.
- 1966Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations.
- 1973OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria.
- 1994Russian journalist Dmitry Kholodov is assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces.
Who were born on October 17?
- 1865James Rudolph Garfield, American politician (d. 1950)
- 1914Jerry Siegel, American cartoonist (d. 1996)
- 1934Rico Rodriguez, ska and reggae trombonist
- 1946Drusilla Modjeska, Australian writer and editor
- 1951Roger Pontare, Swedish singer
- 1954Carlos Buhler, American high altitude mountaineer
- 1957Steve McMichael, American football player
- 1967René Dif, Danish musician (Aqua)
- 1972Eminem, American rapper
- 1980Alessandro Piccolo, Italian racing driver
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