About October 17

October 17, 2021 is the 290th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Libra is the sun 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 107 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 17

  • 1448
    Second Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi is defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
  • 1456
    The University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe (also for a period the oldest in Sweden, and Prussia)
  • 1610
    French king Louis XIII is crowned in Rheims.
  • 1771
    Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Mozart, age 15.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown.
  • 1806
    Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti is assassinated after an oppressive rule.
  • 1860
    First The Open Championship (referred to in North America as the British Open).
  • 1888
    Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
  • 1905
    The October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
  • 1912
    Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
  • 1931
    Al Capone convicted of income tax evasion.
  • 1961
    Scores 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.
  • 1964
    Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opens the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra.
  • 1966
    Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations.
  • 1970
    Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
  • 1979
    Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1979
    The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.
  • 1980
    As part of the Holy See – United Kingdom relations a British monarch makes the first state visit to the Vatican
  • 1989
    1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (7.1 on the Richter scale) hits the San Francisco Bay Area and causes 57 deaths directly (and 6 indirectly).
  • 1994
    Russian journalist Dmitry Kholodov is assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces.

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