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

  • 1610
    French king Louis XIII is crowned in Rheims.
  • 1662
    Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.
  • 1771
    Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Mozart, age 15.
  • 1814
    London Beer Flood occurs in London, killing nine.
  • 1888
    Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
  • 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.
  • 1912
    Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
  • 1917
    First British bombing of Germany in World War I.
  • 1941
    For the first time in World War II, a German submarine attacks an American ship.
  • 1941
    German troops execute the male population of the villages Kerdyllia in Serres, Greece.
  • 1945
    A 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria.
  • 1979
    Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 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).
  • 2010
    Mary MacKillop is canonized (in Rome) and becomes the first saint of Australia.

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