October 17: Day of the Week
October 17, 2021 is the 290th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is domingo.
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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)
- 1610French king Louis XIII is crowned in Rheims.
- 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.
- 1860First The Open Championship (referred to in North America as the British Open).
- 1941For the first time in World War II, a German submarine attacks an American ship.
- 1956The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England.
- 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.
- 1966Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations.
- 2000Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.
- 2003The pinnacle is fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 56 m and become the World’s tallest highrise.
Who were born on October 17?
- 1921George Mackay Brown, Scottish Poet (d.1996)
- 1935Sydney Chapman, English politician and architect
- 1938Les Murray, Australian poet
- 1941Earl Thomas Conley, American singer
- 1951Shari Ulrich, Canadian musician-songwriter, member of Pied Pumkin and UHF
- 1966Mark Gatiss, English actor and writer
- 1974Ariel Levy, American feminist writer
- 1975Francis Bouillon, American hockey player
- 1979Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
- 1983Daniel Booko, American actor
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