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 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)
- 1777American Revolutionary War: British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army at Saratoga, New York.
- 1806Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti is assassinated after an oppressive rule.
- 1814London Beer Flood occurs in London, killing nine.
- 1933Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
- 1945A massive number of people, headed by CGT and Evita, gather in the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to demand Juan Peron’s release. It calls “el día de la lealtad peronista” (peronista loyalty day)
- 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.
- 1979Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- 1979The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.
- 1980As part of the Holy See – United Kingdom relations a British monarch makes the first state visit to the Vatican
- 1998At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
Who were born on October 17?
- 1817Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Hindustani intellectual (d. 1898)
- 1912Pope John Paul I (d. 1978)
- 1918Rita Hayworth, American actress (d. 1987)
- 1920Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist (d. 2010)
- 1936Hiroo Kanamori, Japanese seismologist
- 1940Peter Stringfellow, British nightclub owner
- 1966Mark Gatiss, English actor and writer
- 1970Shauna O'Brien, American model and actress
- 1985Carlos González, Venezuelan baseball player
- 1988Christina Crawford, American dancer and professional wrestler
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