October 17: Day of the Week
October 17, 2020 is the 291st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is sábado.
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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)
- 1771Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Mozart, age 15.
- 1888Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
- 1931Al Capone convicted of income tax evasion.
- 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.
- 1964Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opens the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra.
- 1973OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria.
- 1977German Autumn: Four days after it is hijacked, Lufthansa Flight 181 lands in Mogadishu, Somalia, where a team of German GSG 9 commandos later rescues all remaining hostages on board.
- 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?
- 1577Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (d. 1621)
- 1811Albertus van Raalte, Dutch-born American religious figure (d. 1876)
- 1930Jimmy Breslin, American newspaper columnist and author
- 1938Les Murray, Australian poet
- 1946Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (d. 2010)
- 1951Roger Pontare, Swedish singer
- 1966Mark Gatiss, English actor and writer
- 1970Anil Kumble, Indian cricketer
- 1982Nick Riewoldt, Australian rules footballer
- 1990Paolo Campinoti, Italian footballer
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