17 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Georg Büchner, 1813
  • A.S. Neill, 1883
  • Spring Byington, 1893
  • Nathaniel West, 1903
  • Jean Arthur, 1908
  • Pope John Paul I, 1912
  • Arthur Miller, 1915
  • Rita Hayworth, 1918
  • Zhao Ziyang, 1919
  • Montgomery Clift, 1920
  • Tom Poston, 1927
  • Jimmy Breslin, 1930
  • Evel Knievel, 1938
  • Cameron Mackintosh, 1946
  • Michael McKean, 1947
  • Margot Kidder, 1948
  • George Wendt, 1948
  • Howard Rollins, 1950
  • Mike Judge, 1962
  • Eminem, 1974

Died On This Day:

  • Sir Philip Sidney, 1586
  • Ninon de Lenclos, 1705
  • Frédéric Chopin, 1849
  • Charles A. Dana, 1897
  • King Ludwig III Bavaria, 1921
  • Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China,, 1967
  • S.J. Perelman, 1979
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1991
  • Teresa Brewer, 2007
  • Joey Bishop, 2007

Today's Events:

  • 1346 - Victory over invading Scottish army at Battle of Neville's Cross.
  • 1662 - Charles II sells Dunkirk to the French (Treaty of Dunkirk).
  • 1777 - Victory of American colonists over British; General Burgoyne surrenders.
  • 1797 - Peace of Campo Formio between France & Austria gives France Belgium, Austria gets Venice.
  • 1854 - Henry Bessemer patents his process for making steel.
  • 1859 - Robert E. Lee's federal troops hit Harper's Ferry; John Brown arrested for treason; 10 men die.
  • 1902 - First sleek 'Runabout' Cadillac car shipped from Detroit to dealer in Buffalo NY.
  • 1904 - Bank of Italy, later Bank of America, opened by Amadeo Peter Giannini in San Francisco.
  • 1919 - RCA (Radio Corporation of America) incorporated.
  • 1956 - Britain's first nuclear power plant opened by Queen Elizabeth at Sellafield in Cumbria.
  • 1966 - 'Hollywood Squares' TV game show premieres.
  • 1989 - 7.1 Loma Prieta Earthquake hits S.F. Bay Area at 5:15 P.M.; 2nd biggest in California history.
  • 1997 - Che Guevara finally buried 30 years after he died in the Bolivian jungle, executed by Bolivian troops.
  • 2017 - Dow Jones Industrial Average slips over 23,000 briefly for the first time. 22,000 August 2nd - can it continue?

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Etheldreda (or Audrey)
  • Margaret Mary
  • Shushanik
  • Ethelbert and Ethelred of Kent

Holiday:

  • Kannamé-Sai (Japanese Gods of Harvest Festival)
  • Tibeton Festival of Ancestors begins (6 days)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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