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October 17th

October 17th is the 290th day of the year (291st day in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this page, we have placed information about October 17th, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on October 17th

1912 Pope John Paul I (Pope 1978)

1915 Arthur Miller (playwright, essayist)

1918 Rita Hayworth (actress)

1934 Johnny Haynes (soccer player)

1938 Evel Knievel (motorcycle stunt rider)

1946 Cameron Mackintosh (theater producer)

1948 Margot Kidder (actress)

1948 George Wendt (actor)

George Wendt

1960 Bernie Nolan (singer - The Nolans, actress)

1962 Mike Judge (cartoonist, animator, writer, actor)

1964 Greg Wallace (TV presenter)

1968 Ziggy Marley (singer)

1972 Eminem (rapper)

1977 André Villas-Boas (soccer manager)

1983 Felicity Jones (actress)

October 17th in History

539 BC Persian King Cyrus the Great marches into Babylon, and releases the Jews from 70 years of exile.

1888 Thomas Alva Edison files for a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).

Thomas Edison

1907 Guglielmo Marconi makes the first transatlantic radio broadcast.

Guglielmo Marconi

1931 Al Capone convicted of income tax evasion.

Al Capone

1933 Albert Einstein moves to the USA.

Albert Einstein

1956 Bobby Fischer, aged 13, beats grandmaster Donald Byrne in a United States chess match, that has since become known as "The Game of the Century".


1956 Queen Elizabeth II opens the world's first commercial nuclear power station at Sellafield in England.

Queen Elizabeth II

1973 OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries who are alleged to have helped Israel.

1979 Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mother Teresa

October 17th is also

UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Death of Jean-Jacqies Dessalines (state holiday in Haiti)

Black Poetry Day (USA)

Feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch (Catholicism)

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Digital Society Day (India)


People born on October 17th are Libra


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