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

  • 539 BC
    Cyrus the Great marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost 70 years of exile. Cyrus allows the Jews to return to Yehud Medinata and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.
  • 1346
    Battle 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.
  • 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.
  • 1662
    Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army at Saratoga, New York.
  • 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.
  • 1814
    London Beer Flood occurs in London, killing nine.
  • 1905
    The October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
  • 1907
    Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
  • 1941
    German troops execute the male population of the villages Kerdyllia in Serres, Greece.
  • 1943
    Burma Railway (Burma-Thailand Railway) is completed.
  • 1945
    Archbishop 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.
  • 1956
    The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England.
  • 1970
    Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
  • 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).
  • 1998
    At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
  • 2003
    The 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.
  • 2010
    Mary MacKillop is canonized (in Rome) and becomes the first saint of Australia.

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