October 17: Day of the Week
October 17, 2019 was the 290th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 75 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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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)
- 1346Battle of Neville’s Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III of England near Durham, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.
- 1448Second Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi is defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
- 1662Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.
- 1905The October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
- 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.
- 1964Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opens the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra.
- 1965The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair closes after a two year run. More than 51 million people had attended the two-year event.
- 1970Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
- 2000Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.
Who were born on October 17?
- 1577Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (d. 1621)
- 1921Maria Gorokhovskaya, Soviet gymnast (d. 2001)
- 1923Charles McClendon, American football coach (d. 2001)
- 1930Robert Atkins, American nutritionist (d. 2003)
- 1959Richard Roeper, American film critic
- 1966Danny Ferry, American basketball player
- 1974John Rocker, American baseball player
- 1977Bryan Bertino, American film director and screenwriter
- 1979Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish race car driver
- 1987Bea Alonzo, Filipina actress
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