About October 17

October 17, 2020 is the 291st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 118 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.
  • 1091
    London Tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.
  • 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.
  • 1660
    Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered.
  • 1662
    Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 1941
    German troops execute the male population of the villages Kerdyllia in Serres, Greece.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair closes after a two year run. More than 51 million people had attended the two-year event.
  • 1966
    A fire at a building in New York, New York kills 12 firefighters, the New York City Fire Department’s deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • 1966
    Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations.
  • 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
  • 2010
    Mary MacKillop is canonized (in Rome) and becomes the first saint of Australia.

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