October 17

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October 17 Events - World Wide

On the Gregorian calendar, October 17 marks the 290th day of the year, or the 291st in leap years, leaving a mere 75 days before the year concludes.

Events List - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • 690 – Empress Wu Zetian lays the foundation for the Zhou Dynasty in China.
  • 1091 – London witnesses the devastating London Tornado of 1091, believed to be a formidable T8/F4 tempest that strikes the heart of the city.
  • 1346 – English forces capture King David II of Scotland at Neville’s Cross and detain him for eleven years.
  • 1448 – At the Second Battle of Kosovo, an Ottoman army emerges victorious against a Hungarian army.
  • 1456 – The University of Greifswald is founded, securing its position as the second oldest university in northern Europe.
  • 1534 – Paris and various other cities witness the appearance of anti-Catholic posters, expressing support for Huldrych Zwingli’s stance on the Mass.
  • 1558 – Poczta Polska, the Polish postal service, is established, marking a significant moment in Polish history.

1601–1900

  • 1604 – The sighting of Kepler’s Supernova takes place within the boundaries of the Ophiuchus constellation.
  • 1610 – Louis XIII, the King of France, is formally crowned in the splendid Reims Cathedral.
  • 1660 – In a grim turn of events, the nine individuals responsible for signing the death warrant of Charles I of England face the gruesome punishment of being hanged, drawn, and quartered.
  • 1662 – Charles II of England, in a financial transaction, sells Dunkirk to Louis XIV of France for a sum of 40,000 pounds.
  • 1713 – The Great Northern War reaches a pivotal moment as Russia secures a significant victory over Sweden in the Battle of Kostianvirta, which unfolds in Pälkäne.
  • 1771 – A remarkable event takes place in Milan as the 15-year-old Mozart’s opera, “Ascanio in Alba,” sees its premiere.
  • 1777 – A pivotal moment in the American Revolutionary War unfolds as British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army in Saratoga, New York.
  • 1781 – The Siege of Yorktown culminates in the surrender of British General Charles, Earl Cornwallis, marking a significant turning point in the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1800 – The War of the Second Coalition witnesses Britain taking control of the Dutch colony of Curaçao.
  • 1806 – Following a period of oppressive rule, Emperor Jacques I, a former leader of the Haitian Revolution, is assassinated.
  • 1811 – The discovery of silver deposits in Agua Amarga, Chile, proves instrumental in financing the Chilean War of Independence in subsequent years.
  • 1814 – Tragedy strikes in London as eight lives are lost in the catastrophic London Beer Flood.
  • 1850 – Riots in Aleppo commence, ultimately leading to a tragic massacre.
  • 1860 – The inaugural edition of The Open Championship, often referred to as the British Open in North America, takes place.
  • 1861 – The Cullin-la-ringo massacre unfolds as Aboriginal Australians take the lives of nineteen European individuals.

1901–present

  • 1907 – Marconi initiates the first-ever commercial transatlantic wireless service.
  • 1912 – Bulgaria, Greece, and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, uniting with Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
  • 1919 – Leeds United F.C. is founded at Salem Chapel, Holbeck, following the dissolution of Leeds City F.C. due to illicit payments to players during World War I.
  • 1931 – Al Capone faces conviction for income tax evasion.
  • 1933 – Fleeing from Nazi Germany, Albert Einstein relocates to the United States.
  • 1940 – The body of Communist propagandist Willi Münzenberg is discovered in South France, marking the beginning of an unsolved mystery.
  • 1941 – In World War II, the USS Kearny becomes the first U.S. Navy vessel to be torpedoed by a U-boat.
  • 1943 – The completion of the Burma Railway (Burma–Thailand Railway) is achieved.
  • 1943 – In Poland, the Sobibór extermination camp is closed during the Nazi Holocaust.
  • 1945 – A significant demonstration in Buenos Aires, Argentina, demands the release of Juan Perón.
  • 1952 – Indonesian Army elements surround the Merdeka Palace, demanding that President Sukarno disband the Provisional People’s Representative Council.
  • 1956 – Queen Elizabeth II officially opens the first commercial nuclear power station in Sellafield, England.
  • 1961 – Under the command of Maurice Papon, the Paris police brutally suppress scores of Algerian protesters.
  • 1961 – Ahmad Shukeiri makes the first attempt to draw an apartheid analogy.
  • 1965 – The 1964–65 New York World’s Fair concludes after two years, drawing more than 51 million attendees.
  • 1966 – The 23rd Street Fire in New York City claims the lives of 12 firefighters.
  • 1969 – The Caravaggio painting “Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence” is stolen from the Oratory of Saint Lawrence in Palermo.
  • 1970 – FLQ terrorists murder Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte.
  • 1973 – OPEC imposes an oil embargo against countries believed to have aided Israel in the Yom Kippur War.
  • 1977 – The hijacked Lufthansa Flight 181 lands in Mogadishu, and the remaining hostages are subsequently rescued.
  • 1979 – Mother Teresa is honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1979 – The U.S. Department of Education is established through the Department of Education Organization Act.
  • 1980 – As part of Holy See–United Kingdom relations, a British monarch undertakes the first-ever state visit to the Vatican.
  • 1988 – Uganda Airlines Flight 775 crashes at Rome–Fiumicino International Airport in Rome, Italy, resulting in the loss of 33 lives.
  • 1989 – The 6.9 Mw Loma Prieta earthquake rocks the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast, leading to 63 casualties.
  • 1989 – The East German Politburo decides to remove Erich Honecker from his role as General Secretary.
  • 1991 – Sikh separatists carry out the 1991 Rudrapur bombings, exploding two bombs during a Ramlila Hindu celebration in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, claiming the lives of 41 people.
  • 1992 – In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Japanese student Yoshihiro Hattori is mistakenly killed by a homeowner after going to the wrong house.
  • 1994 – Russian journalist Dmitry Kholodov is assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces.
  • 2000 – The Hatfield rail crash leads to the collapse of Railtrack.
  • 2001 – Hamdi Quran, a member of the PFLP, assassinates Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi, marking the highest-ranking Israeli official killed by a Palestinian.
  • 2003 – Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, becomes the world’s tallest high-rise.
  • 2004 – A fire lasting over 15 hours destroys nearly one-third of the East Tower of the Parque Central Urban Complex in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 2017 – Marking the end of the Battle of Raqqa, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) capture the last stronghold of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Raqqa.
  • 2018 – Canada legalizes the recreational use of cannabis.
  • 2018 – A mass shooting and bombing at Kerch Polytechnic College in Crimea claims 21 lives, including the attacker, and injures 70 others.
  • 2019 – Drug dealers in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico force the government to back down on an arrest.
  • 2019 – The 17 October Revolution commences in Lebanon.

Births List - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • 503 – Lý Nam Đế, the inaugural emperor of Vietnam (d. 548)
  • 1253 – Ivo of Kermartin, a French priest and revered saint (d. 1303)
  • 1493 – Bartolommeo Bandinelli, an Italian sculptor of note (d. 1560)
  • 1500 – Alonso de Orozco Mena, a Spanish Roman Catholic priest (d. 1591)
  • 1538 – Irene di Spilimbergo, an accomplished Italian Renaissance poet and painter (d. 1559)
  • 1577 – Cristofano Allori, a skilled Italian painter (d. 1621)
  • 1577 – Dmitry Pozharsky, a Russian prince of historical significance (d. 1642)
  • 1582 – Johann Gerhard, a prominent German theologian and academic (d. 1637)
  • 1587 – Nathan Field, an English dramatist and actor (d. 1620)

1601–1900

  • 1623 – Francis Turretin, a Swiss-Italian minister, theologian, and academic (d. 1687)
  • 1629 – Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias (d. 1646)
  • 1688 – Domenico Zipoli, an Italian missionary and composer (d. 1726)
  • 1711 – Jupiter Hammon, an American poet (d. 1806)
  • 1719 – Jacques Cazotte, a French author and academic (d. 1792)
  • 1720 – Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini, an Italian harpsichord player and composer (d. 1795)
  • 1725 – John Wilkes, an English journalist and politician (d. 1797)
  • 1729 – Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, a French composer and academic (d. 1817)
  • 1735 – Franz Xaver Feuchtmayer the Younger, a German Baroque artist (d. 1803)
  • 1759 – Andrey Voronikhin, a Russian architect and painter (d. 1814)
  • 1760 – Claude Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon, a French economist and philosopher (d. 1825)
  • 1768 – Sophie von Dönhoff, a morganatic spouse, due to bigamy, to King Frederick William II of Prussia (d. 1838)
  • 1779 – Louis Charles, a French prince of the blood (d. 1808)
  • 1779 – José Andrés Pacheco de Melo, an Argentine statesman and priest (d. approx. 1820)
  • 1780 – Richard Mentor Johnson, an American politician and the ninth Vice President of the United States (d. 1850)
  • 1781 – Johann Friedrich Meckel, a German anatomist (d. 1833)
  • 1784 – Fructuoso Rivera, the first president of Uruguay (d. 1854)
  • 1785 – Christen Smith, a Norwegian scientist (d. 1816)
  • 1792 – John Bowring, an English polyglot and governor of Hong Kong (d. 1826)
  • 1797 – Juan Lavalle, an Argentine politician (d. 1841)
  • 1803 – Ferenc Deák, a Hungarian politician (d. 1876)
  • 1810 – Adolphe-Félix Cals, a French painter (d. 1880)
  • 1811 – Albertus van Raalte, a Dutch-American pastor and educator (d. 1876)
  • 1813 – Georg Büchner, a German-Swiss poet and playwright (d. 1837)
  • 1814 – Yakiv Holovatsky, a Ukrainian historian, scholar, and poet (d. 1888)
  • 1817 – Syed Ahmad Khan, an Indian philosopher and scholar (d. 1898)
  • 1821 – Alexander Gardner, a Scottish photographer (d. 1882)
  • 1828 – Aureliano Maestre de San Juan, a Spanish scientist (d. 1890)
  • 1833 – José E. Días, a Paraguayan general (d. 1867)
  • 1835 – Louis-Léon Cugnot, a French sculptor (d. 1894)
  • 1835 – Paul Haenlein, a German mechanical engineer (d. 1905)
  • 1840 – André Gill, a French caricaturist (d. 1885)
  • 1844 – Gustave Schlumberger, a French historian (d. 1929)
  • 1845 – John J. Gardner, an American politician (d. 1921)
  • 1853 – Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (d. 1920)
  • 1859 – Childe Hassam, an American painter and illustrator (d. 1935)
  • 1860 – Henry Campbell Black, the founder of Black’s Law Dictionary (d. 1927)
  • 1864 – Elinor Glyn, an English author, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1943)
  • 1865 – James Rudolph Garfield, an American lawyer and politician, the 23rd United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1950)
  • 1867 – Josep Puig i Cadafalch, a Catalan architect who designed the Casa Martí (d. 1956)
  • 1871 – Segundo de Chomón, a Spanish cinematographer, director, and screenwriter (d. 1929)
  • 1876 – Hippolyte Aucouturier, a French road cyclist (d. 1944)
  • 1878 – Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, a Spanish politician and 17th Duke of Alba (d. 1953)
  • 1880 – Jesús Reyes Ferreira, a Mexican artist and art collector (d. 1977)
  • 1881 – Maria Dulęba, a Polish actress (d. 1959)
  • 1882 – Haritina Korotkevich, a Russian war heroine (d. 1904)
  • 1883 – Alexander Neill, a Scottish educator (d. 1973)
  • 1883 – Thaddeus Shideler, an American hurdler (d. 1966)
  • 1886 – Spring Byington, an American actress (d. 1971)
  • 1889 – Mikha’il Na’ima, a Lebanese author (d. 1988)
  • 1890 – Roy Kilner, an English cricketer (d. 1928)
  • 1892 – Theodor Eicke, a German SS general (d. 1943)
  • 1892 – Herbert Howells, an English organist, composer, and educator (d. 1983)
  • 1893 – Raffaele Bendandi, an Italian clockmaker and seismologist (d. 1979)
  • 1894 – Prince René, an Italian Prince of Denmark (d. 1962)
  • 1894 – Pablo de Rokha, a Chilean poet (d. 1968)
  • 1895 – Miguel Ydígoras Fuentes, President of Guatemala (1958–1963) (d. 1982)
  • 1895 – Doris Humphrey, an American dancer and choreographer (d. 1958)
  • 1896 – Roman Petrovich, a Russian prince (d. 1978)
  • 1898 – Shinichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist and educator (d. 1998)
  • 1898 – Eileen Sedgwick, an American actress (d. 1991)
  • 1898 – Simon Vestdijk, a Dutch author and poet (d. 1971)
  • 1900 – C. C. van Asch van Wijck, a Dutch artist and sculptor (d. 1932)
  • 1900 – Jean Arthur, an American actress (d. 1991)
  • 1900 – Yvor Winters, an American critic and poet (d. 1968)

1901–present

  • 1901 – Emma Gamboa Alvarado, Costa Rican educator (d. 1973)
  • 1902 – Irene Ryan, American actress (d. 1973)
  • 1903 – Andrei Grechko, Soviet general (d. 1976)
  • 1903 – Nathanael West, American author and screenwriter (d. 1940)
  • 1905 – Leopoldo Benites, Ecuadorian diplomat, 28th president of the United Nations General Assembly (d. 1996)
  • 1906 – Paul Derringer, American baseball player (d. 1987)
  • 1906 – Andrey Tikhonov, Russian mathematician (d. 1993)
  • 1907 – John Marley, American actor (d. 1984)
  • 1908 – Kenji Miyamoto, Japanese politician (d. 2007)
  • 1908 – Hjördis Petterson, Swedish actress (d. 1988)
  • 1908 – Wally Prigg, Australian rugby league player (d. 1980)
  • 1908 – Red Rolfe, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1969)
  • 1909 – Cozy Cole, American drummer (d. 1981)
  • 1909 – Leopoldo Panero, Spanish poet (d. 1962)
  • 1909 – Joaquín Satrústegui, Spanish lawyer and politician (d. 1992)
  • 1910 – Marina Núñez del Prado, Bolivian sculptor (d. 1995)
  • 1910 – Ester Wier, American author (d. 2000)
  • 1912 – Pope John Paul I (d. 1978)
  • 1912 – Theodore Marier, American composer and educator, founded the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (d. 2001)
  • 1912 – Jack Owens, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1982)
  • 1913 – Robert Lowery, American actor (d. 1971)
  • 1913 – Marian Marsh, Trinidadian-American actress and environmentalist (d. 2006)
  • 1913 – Faik Türün, Turkish general (d. 2003)
  • 1914 – Jerry Siegel, American author and illustrator (d. 1996)
  • 1915 – Arthur Miller, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1916 – José López Rega, Argentinean politician (d. 1989)
  • 1917 – Alfred Benlloch Llorach, Spanish inventor (d. 2013)
  • 1917 – Martin Donnelly, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1999)
  • 1917 – Marsha Hunt, American actress and singer (d. 2022)
  • 1917 – Aimo Koivunen, Finnish soldier and corporal (d. 1989)
  • 1917 – Norman Leyden, American composer and conductor (d. 2014)
  • 1917 – Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-American author and playwright (d. 1991)
  • 1917 – Adele Stimmel Chase, American painter and sculptor (d. 2000)
  • 1918 – Rita Hayworth, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1987)
  • 1918 – Luis Alberto Solari, Uruguayan artist (d. 1993)
  • 1918 – Ralph Wilson, American businessman, founded the Buffalo Bills (d. 2014)
  • 1919 – Isaak Khalatnikov, Ukrainian-Russian theoretical physicist and academic (d. 2021)
  • 1919 – Violet Milstead, Canadian World War II aviator and bush pilot (d. 2014)
  • 1919 – Zhao Ziyang, Chinese politician (d. 2005)
  • 1920 – Montgomery Clift, American actor (d. 1966)
  • 1920 – Miguel Delibes, Spanish journalist and author (d. 2010)
  • 1920 – Zully Moreno, Argentine actress (d. 1999)
  • 1921 – Priscilla Buckley, American journalist and author (d. 2012)
  • 1921 – Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian-Israeli gymnast (d. 2001)
  • 1921 – George Mackay Brown, Scottish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1996)
  • 1921 – Tom Poston, American actor and comedian (d. 2007)
  • 1922 – Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (d. 2001)
  • 1922 – Pierre Juneau, Canadian broadcaster and politician, co-founded the Montreal World Film Festival (d. 2012)
  • 1923 – Barney Kessel, American guitarist and composer (d. 2004)
  • 1923 – Charles McClendon, American football player and coach (d. 2001)
  • 1924 – Don Coryell, American football player and coach (d. 2010)
  • 1924 – Anton Geiser, Croatian SS officer (d. 2012)
  • 1924 – Giacomo Mari, Italian footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1924 – Rolando Panerai, Italian baritone (d. 2019)
  • 1925 – Harry Carpenter, English sportscaster (d. 2010)
  • 1926 – Julie Adams, American actress (d. 2019)
  • 1926 – Beverly Garland, American actress (d. 2008)
  • 1926 – Roberto Lippi, Italian race car driver (d. 2011)
  • 1928 – Santiago Stevenson, Panamanian singer and minister (d. 2007)
  • 1928 – Alejandro Végh Villegas, Uruguayan politician (d. 2017)
  • 1929 – Mário Wilson, Mozambican footballer and manager (d. 2016)
  • 1930 – Ismail Akbay, Turkish physicist and engineer (d. 2003)
  • 1930 – Robert Atkins, American physician and cardiologist, created the Atkins diet (d. 2003)
  • 1931 – José Alencar, Brazilian businessman and politician (d. 2011)
  • 1932 – Paul Anderson, American weightlifter (d. 1994)
  • 1931 – Ernst Hinterberger, Austrian author and playwright (d. 2012)
  • 1931 – Anatoly Pristavkin, Russian writer (d. 2008)
  • 1933 – William Anders, Hong Kong-American general and astronaut
  • 1933 – The Singing Nun, Belgian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and nun (d. 1985)
  • 1934 – Alan Garner, English author and playwright
  • 1934 – Johnny Haynes, English-Scottish footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1934 – Rico Rodriguez, Jamaican trombonist (d. 2015)
  • 1935 – Sydney Chapman, English architect and politician, Vice-Chamberlain of the Household (d. 2014)
  • 1935 – Michael Eavis, English farmer, founded the Glastonbury Festival
  • 1935 – Carlos Pairetti, Argetine racing driver (d. 2022)
  • 1936 – Sathima Bea Benjamin, South African singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1936 – Hiroo Kanamori, Japanese-American seismologist and academic
  • 1936 – Santiago Navarro, Spanish basketball player (d. 1993)
  • 1936 – Bert Nievera, Filipino-American singer (d. 2018)
  • 1937 – José María Álvarez del Manzano, Spanish politician
  • 1937 – Aida Navarro, Venezuelan mezzo-soprano
  • 1937 – Renato Prada Oropeza, Bolivian-Mexican scientist (d. 2011)
  • 1937 – Paxton Whitehead, English actor (d. 2023)
  • 1938 – António Calvário, Portuguese singer and artist
  • 1938 – Evel Knievel, American motorcycle rider and stuntman (d. 2007)
  • 1938 – Les Murray, Australian anthologist, poet, and critic (d. 2019)
  • 1939 – Oliver Rackham, English botanist and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1940 – Stephen Kovacevich, American pianist and conductor
  • 1940 – Jim Smith, English footballer and manager (d. 2019)
  • 1940 – Peter Stringfellow, English businessman (d. 2018)
  • 1941 – Earl Thomas Conley, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2019)
  • 1941 – Paul Ellison, American musician
  • 1941 – Jim Seals, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and violinist (d. 2022)
  • 1942 – Steve Jones, American basketball player and sportscaster (d. 2017)
  • 1942 – Gary Puckett, American pop singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1943 – Ignacio Rupérez, Spanish diplomat and journalist (d. 2015)
  • 1944 – Ángel Cristo, Spanish circus performer (d. 2010)
  • 1946 – Ronni Chasen, American publicist (d. 2010)
  • 1946 – Michael Hossack, American drummer (d. 2012)
  • 1946 – Manuel “Flaco” Ibáñez, Mexican actor and comedian
  • 1946 – Akira Kushida, Japanese vocalist
  • 1946 – Cameron Mackintosh, English producer and manager
  • 1946 – Adam Michnik, Polish journalist and historian
  • 1946 – Julio Miranda, Argentine politician (d. 2021)
  • 1946 – Drusilla Modjeska, English-Australian author and critic
  • 1946 – Daniela Payssé, Uruguayan politician (d. 2018)
  • 1946 – José Perramón, Spanish handball player
  • 1946 – Jaime Ravinet, Chilean politician
  • 1946 – Bob Seagren, American pole vaulter
  • 1946 – Rüdiger Wittig, German geobotanist and ecologist
  • 1947 – Omar Azziman, adviser to the King of Morocco
  • 1947 – Gene Green, American lawyer and politician
  • 1947 – Michael McKean, American singer-songwriter, actor, and director
  • 1947 – Robert Post, American educator and academic
  • 1948 – Osvaldo Castro, Chilean footballer
  • 1948 – Robert Jordan, American soldier and author (d. 2007)
  • 1948 – Margot Kidder, Canadian-American actress (d. 2018)
  • 1948 – George Wendt, American actor and comedian
  • 1949 – Owen Arthur, Barbadian economist and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Barbados (d. 2020)
  • 1949 – Bill Hudson, American musician and actor
  • 1950 – Philippe Barbarin, French cardinal
  • 1950 – Sandra Reemer, Indo-Dutch singer (d. 2017)
  • 1950 – Howard Rollins, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1951 – Dirk Beheydt, Belgian footballer
  • 1951 – Annie Borckink, Dutch speed skater
  • 1951 – Roger Pontare, Swedish singer
  • 1951 – Shari Ulrich, American-Canadian singer-songwriter and violinist
  • 1953 – Joseph Bowie, American trombonist and bandleader
  • 1953 – Domenico Penzo, Italian footballer
  • 1954 – Carlos Buhler, American mountaineer
  • 1955 – Georgios Alogoskoufis, Greek economist, academic, and politician, Greek Minister of Finance
  • 1955 – Mike Bratz, American basketball player
  • 1956 – Fran Cosmo, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1956 – Mae Jemison, American physician, academic, and astronaut
  • 1956 – Pat McCrory, American businessman and politician, 74th Governor of North Carolina
  • 1956 – Ken Morrow, American ice hockey player and executive
  • 1956 – Stephen Palumbi, American academic and author
  • 1957 – Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Greek folk singer
  • 1957 – Nelson Barrera, Mexican baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1957 – Lawrence Bender, American actor and producer
  • 1957 – Antonio Galdo, Italian journalist
  • 1957 – Steve McMichael, American football player, wrestler, and sportscaster
  • 1957 – Pino Palladino, Welsh bassist
  • 1957 – Vincent Van Patten, American tennis player and actor
  • 1958 – Howard Alden, American guitarist
  • 1958 – Alan Jackson, American singer-songwriter
  • 1958 – Sandra Mozarowsky, Spanish actress (d. 1977)
  • 1958 – Craig Murray, British diplomat
  • 1959 – Mustafa Aberchán, Spanish politician
  • 1959 – Ron Drummond, American author and scholar
  • 1959 – Francisco Flores Pérez, Salvadorian politician, President of El Salvador (d. 2016)
  • 1959 – Russell Gilbert, Australian comedian, actor, and screenwriter
  • 1959 – Eugenio Hernández Flores, Mexican politician
  • 1959 – Norm Macdonald, Canadian actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2021)
  • 1959 – Mark Peel, Australian historian and academic
  • 1959 – Richard Roeper, American journalist and critic
  • 1960 – Guy Henry, English actor
  • 1960 – Rob Marshall, American director, producer, and choreographer
  • 1960 – Bernie Nolan, Irish singer (d. 2013)
  • 1960 – Philippe Sands, American lawyer and academic
  • 1961 – David Means, American short story writer
  • 1962 – Glenn Braggs, American baseball player
  • 1962 – Jay Humphries, American basketball player
  • 1962 – Mike Judge, American animator, director, screenwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1963 – Sergio Goycochea, Argentinian footballer and journalist
  • 1963 – Toby Young, English journalist and academic
  • 1964 – Margarita Liborio Arrazola, Mexican politician
  • 1964 – Gregg Wallace, English television presenter
  • 1965 – Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1965 – Rhys Muldoon, Australian actor
  • 1966 – Shaun Edwards, English rugby player and coach
  • 1966 – Danny Ferry, American basketball player and manager
  • 1966 – Mark Gatiss, English actor, screenwriter, and novelist
  • 1966 – Tommy Kendall, American race car driver and sportscaster
  • 1967 – René Dif, Danish musician
  • 1967 – Pedro González Vera, Chilean footballer
  • 1967 – Simon Segars, English businessman
  • 1967 – Nathalie Tauziat, French tennis player
  • 1968 – Alejandra Ávalos, Mexican artist
  • 1968 – Graeme Le Saux, English footballer and sportscaster
  • 1968 – Ziggy Marley, Jamaican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor
  • 1968 – David Robertson, Scottish footballer and manager
  • 1969 – Ernie Els, South African golfer and sportscaster
  • 1969 – Jesús Ángel García, Spanish racewalker
  • 1969 – Wood Harris, American actor
  • 1969 – Wyclef Jean, Haitian-American rapper, producer, and actor
  • 1969 – Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Anil Kumble, Indian cricketer
  • 1970 – John Mabry, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1970 – J. C. MacKenzie, Canadian actor
  • 1971 – Chris Kirkpatrick, American singer-songwriter and dancer
  • 1971 – Kim Ljung, Norwegian singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1971 – Martin Heinrich, American politician
  • 1971 – Derrick Plourde, American drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1971 – Blues Saraceno, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1972 – Eminem, American rapper, producer, and actor
  • 1972 – Sharon Leal, American actress
  • 1972 – Musashi, Japanese karateka and kickboxer
  • 1972 – Tarkan, German-Turkish singer
  • 1973 – Rubén Garcés, Panamanian basketball player
  • 1973 – Andrea Tarozzi, Italian footballer and coach
  • 1974 – Ariel Levy, American journalist and author
  • 1974 – Matthew Macfadyen, English actor
  • 1974 – Obdulio Ávila Mayo, Mexican politician
  • 1974 – Bárbara Paz, Brazilian actress
  • 1974 – Janne Puurtinen, Finnish keyboard player
  • 1974 – John Rocker, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Darío Sala, Argentine footballer
  • 1974 – Gabriel Silberstein, Chilean tennis player
  • 1974 – Dhondup Wangchen, Chinese director and producer
  • 1975 – Jericó Abramo Masso, Mexican politician
  • 1975 – Francis Bouillon, American-Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1975 – Vina Morales, Filipino actress and singer
  • 1976 – Sebastián Abreu, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1976 – Seth Etherton, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Carlos Loret de Mola, Mexican journalist
  • 1976 – Kevin Maher, English-Irish footballer and coach
  • 1977 – Dudu Aouate, Israeli footballer
  • 1977 – Alimi Ballard, American actor and producer
  • 1977 – Bryan Bertino, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1977 – Walter Calderón, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1977 – Marko Antonio Cortés Mendoza, Mexican politician
  • 1977 – Ryan McGinley, American photographer
  • 1977 – André Villas-Boas, Portuguese footballer and manager
  • 1978 – Jerry Flannery, Irish rugby player and coach
  • 1978 – Pablo Iglesias Turrión, Spanish politician
  • 1978 – Erin Karpluk, Canadian actress
  • 1978 – Chuka Umunna, English lawyer and politician
  • 1979 – Marcela Bovio, Mexican singer-songwriter and violinist
  • 1979 – Alexandros Nikolaidis, Greek martial artist (d. 2022)
  • 1979 – Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish race car driver
  • 1979 – Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
  • 1980 – Yekaterina Gamova, Russian volleyball player
  • 1980 – Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1980 – Isaac Mina, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1980 – Angel Parker, American actress
  • 1980 – Alessandro Piccolo, Italian race car driver
  • 1980 – Justin Shenkarow, American actor
  • 1981 – Horacio Cervantes, Mexican footballer
  • 1981 – Kurumi Enomoto, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • 1981 – Holly Holm, American mixed martial artist
  • 1981 – Tsubasa Imai, Japanese singer, actor, and dancer
  • 1981 – Ben Rothwell, American mixed-martial artist
  • 1982 – Rubén Ramírez, Argentine footballer
  • 1982 – Nick Riewoldt, Australian footballer
  • 1982 – Marion Rolland, alpine ski racer
  • 1983 – Michelle Ang, New Zealander actress
  • 1983 – Milica Brozovic, Serbian-Russian figure skater
  • 1983 – Felicity Jones, English actress
  • 1983 – Toshihiro Matsushita, Japanese footballer
  • 1983 – Riki Miura, Japanese actor
  • 1983 – Junichi Miyashita, Japanese swimmer
  • 1983 – Ivan Saenko, Russian footballer
  • 1983 – Mitch Talbot, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Vitali Teleš, Estonian footballer
  • 1984 – Sami Lepistö, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1984 – Chris Lowell, American actor
  • 1984 – Giovanni Marchese, Italian footballer
  • 1984 – Randall Munroe, American author and illustrator
  • 1984 – Luke Rockhold, American mixed martial artist
  • 1984 – Anja Eline Skybakmoen, Norwegian singer-songwriter and bandleader
  • 1984 – Gottfrid Svartholm, Swedish computer specialist
  • 1984 – Jared Tallent, Australian race walker
  • 1985 – Carlos González, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1985 – Max Irons, English-Irish actor
  • 1985 – Collins John, Dutch footballer
  • 1985 – Tomokazu Nagira, Japanese footballer
  • 1986 – Alexandre Bonnet, French footballer
  • 1986 – Antoni Bou, Spanish motorcyclist
  • 1986 – Aija Brumermane, Latvian basketball player
  • 1986 – Constant Djakpa, Ivorian footballer
  • 1986 – Yannick Ponsero, French figure skater
  • 1986 – Nicolás Richotti, Argentine basketball player
  • 1987 – Bea Alonzo, Filipino actress and singer
  • 1987 – Jarosław Fojut, Polish footballer
  • 1987 – Elliot Grandin, French footballer
  • 1987 – Hideto Takahashi, Japanese footballer
  • 1988 – Sergiy Gladyr, Ukrainian basketball player
  • 1988 – Tori Matsuzaka, Japanese actor and model
  • 1988 – Marina Salas, Spanish actress
  • 1989 – Débora García, Spanish footballer
  • 1989 – Oleksandr Isakov, Ukrainian swimmer
  • 1989 – Sophie Luck, Australian actress
  • 1989 – Charles Oliveira, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • 1989 – David Timor, Spanish footballer
  • 1990 – Paolo Campinoti, Italian footballer
  • 1990 – Maica García Godoy, Spanish water polo player
  • 1990 – Ronald González Tabilo, Chilean footballer
  • 1990 – Saki Kumagai, Japanese footballer
  • 1990 – Patrick Lambie, South African rugby player
  • 1991 – Brenda Asnicar, Argentine actress
  • 1992 – Jacob Artist, American actor, singer, and dancer
  • 1992 – Sam Concepcion, Filipino musician and dancer
  • 1992 – Anthony Gill, American basketball player
  • 1992 – Keerthy Suresh, Indian actress
  • 1993 – Kenneth Omeruo, Nigerian footballer
  • 1993 – Vincent Poirier, French basketball player
  • 1995 – Jamal Adams, American football player
  • 1995 – Ha-seong Kim, South Korean baseball player
  • 1996 – Jake DeBrusk Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • 1996 – Beka Gorgadze, Georgian rugby player
  • 1996 – Rina Katsuta, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1997 – Kate McFarland, American figure skater
  • 1997 – Li Xueying, Chinese weightlifter
  • 1998 – Meika Woollard, Australian model
  • 1999 – Otto Addo, Ghanaian-German footballer
  • 1999 – Rhian Brewster, English footballer
  • 1999 – Rachel Sehl, English cricketer
  • 1999 – Koke, Indian footballer
  • 2000 – River Bleu, American rapper and producer
  • 2001 – Liam Kelly, English footballer
October 17
October 17

October 17 Death - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • In the year 33 AD, we lost Agrippina the Elder, who was a Roman noblewoman and the wife of Germanicus, born in 14 BC.
  • In 532, Pope Boniface II passed away.
  • In 866, Al-Musta’in, an Abbasid caliph born in 836, left this world.
  • 1271 marked the death of Steinvör Sighvatsdóttir, an Icelandic aristocrat and poet.
  • In 1277, Beatrice of Falkenburg, the German queen consort, who was born around 1254, passed away.
  • In 1346, we lost two individuals: John Randolph, the 3rd Earl of Moray, and Maurice de Moravia, the Earl of Strathearn.
  • Nicolas Grenon, a French composer born in 1375, died in 1456.
  • John Scott of Scott’s Hall, who served as the Warden of the Cinque Ports, passed away in 1485.
  • In 1528, Hernando Alonso, a Spanish conquistador and the first Jew executed in the New World, met his end.
  • Andreas Osiander, a German Protestant theologian born in 1498, died in 1552.
  • In 1575, we lost Gaspar Cervantes de Gaeta, a Spanish cardinal born in 1511.
  • 1586 marked the passing of Philip Sidney, an English courtier, poet, and general, born in 1554.
  • In 1587, Francesco I de’ Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, who was born in 1541, left this world.

1601–1900

  • In 1616, we mourned the loss of John Pitts, an English priest and scholar, born in 1560.
  • In 1660, Adrian Scrope, an English colonel and politician, who was born in 1601, passed away.
  • The year 1673 saw the passing of Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, an English politician who served as Lord High Treasurer of England, born in 1630.
  • Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French mystic born in 1647, left this world in 1690.
  • In 1757, we lost René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, a French entomologist and academic born in 1683.
  • In 1776, Pierre François le Courayer, a French-English theologian and author born in 1681, passed away.
  • William Cookworthy, an English pharmacist and minister born in 1705, died in 1780.
  • In 1781, Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, an English admiral born in 1705, left us.
  • Johann Ludwig Aberli, a Swiss painter and illustrator born in 1723, died in 1786.
  • In 1806, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a Haitian commander and politician who served as Governor-General of Haiti, born in 1758, passed away.
  • Orest Kiprensky, a Russian painter born in 1782, died in 1836.
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel, an Austrian pianist and composer born in 1778, passed away in 1837.
  • In 1849, we mourned the loss of Frédéric Chopin, a Polish pianist and composer born in 1810.
  • Laura Secord, a Canadian war heroine born in 1775, passed away in 1868.
  • In 1887, Gustav Kirchhoff, a German physicist and chemist born in 1824, left this world.
  • Nikolay Chernyshevsky, a Russian philosopher and critic born in 1828, died in 1889.
  • In 1893, we lost Patrice de MacMahon, Duke of Magenta, a French general and politician who served as the 3rd President of France, born in 1808.

1901–present

  • 1910 – Julia Ward Howe, an American poet and songwriter born in 1819, passed away.
  • In 1918, we mourned the loss of Malak Hifni Nasif, an Egyptian poet and author born in 1886.
  • Michael Fitzgerald, an Irish republican born in 1881, died in 1920 on a Hunger Strike.
  • In 1928, we lost Frank Dicksee, an English painter and illustrator, born in 1853.
  • Alfons Maria Jakob, a German neurologist and academic born in 1884, passed away in 1931.
  • In 1937, J. Bruce Ismay, an English businessman born in 1862, left this world.
  • Karl Kautsky, a Czech-German journalist, philosopher, and theoretician born in 1854, died in 1938.
  • In 1948, we mourned the loss of Royal Cortissoz, an American art critic born in 1869.
  • Dimitrios Maximos, a Greek banker and politician born in 1873, passed away in 1955.
  • In 1956, Anne Crawford, an Israeli-English actress born in 1920, left us.
  • Wilhelmina Hay Abbott, a Scottish suffragist and feminist born in 1884, passed away in 1957.
  • Paul Outerbridge, an American photographer born in 1896, died in 1958.
  • In 1958, we lost Charlie Townsend, an English cricketer and lawyer born in 1876.
  • Natalia Goncharova, a Russian painter, costume designer, and set designer born in 1882, passed away in 1962.
  • In 1963, Jacques Hadamard, a French mathematician and academic born in 1865, left this world.
  • Bart King, an American cricketer born in 1873, died in 1965.
  • In 1966, we mourned the loss of Sidney Hatch, an American runner and soldier born in 1883.
  • Wieland Wagner, a German director and manager born in 1917, passed away in 1966.
  • Puyi, the Chinese emperor born in 1906, died in 1967.
  • In 1970, we lost Pierre Laporte, a Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician born in 1921.
  • Vola Vale, an American actress born in 1897, passed away in 1970.
  • Quincy Wright, an American political scientist and academic born in 1890, died in 1970.
  • Turk Broda, a Canadian ice hockey player and coach born in 1914, passed away in 1972.
  • In 1972, George, Crown Prince of Serbia, born in 1887, left us.
  • In 1973, we mourned the loss of Ingeborg Bachmann, an Austrian author and poet born in 1926.
  • George Clark, an American race car driver born in 1890, passed away in 1978.
  • Giovanni Gronchi, an Italian educator, soldier, and politician who served as the 3rd President of the Italian Republic, born in 1887, died in 1978.
  • J. Perelman, an American humorist and screenwriter born in 1904, passed away in 1979.
  • In 1979, we lost John Stuart, a Scottish-English actor born in 1898.
  • Eugenio Mendoza, a Venezuelan business tycoon born in 1909, died in 1979.
  • Kannadasan, an Indian author, poet, and songwriter born in 1927, passed away in 1981.
  • Albert Cohen, a Greek-Swiss civil servant and author born in 1895, died in 1981.
  • Lina Tsaldari, a Greek politician born in 1887, passed away in 1981.
  • In 1983, we mourned the loss of Raymond Aron, a French sociologist, political scientist, and philosopher born in 1905.
  • Abdul Malek Ukil, a Bangladeshi lawyer and politician born in 1925, passed away in 1987.
  • In 1991, we lost Tennessee Ernie Ford, an American singer and actor born in 1919.
  • Herman Johannes, an Indonesian scientist, academic, and politician born in 1912, died in 1992.
  • Orestis Laskos, a Greek actor, director, and screenwriter born in 1908, passed away in 1992.
  • Criss Oliva, an American guitarist and songwriter born in 1963, died in 1993.
  • In 1996, we mourned the loss of Chris Acland, an English musician and drummer of Lush born in 1966.
  • Larry Jennings, an American magician and author born in 1933, passed away in 1997.
  • In 1998, we lost Joan Hickson, an English actress born in 1906.
  • Hakim Said, a Pakistani scholar and politician who served as the 20th Governor of Sindh, born in 1920, died in 1998.
  • Nicholas Metropolis, a Greek-American mathematician and physicist born in 1915, passed away in 1999.
  • In 2000, we mourned the loss of Leo Nomellini, an Italian-American football player and wrestler born in 1924.
  • Joachim Nielsen, a Norwegian singer-songwriter and poet born in 1964, died in 2000.
  • In 2001, we lost Jay Livingston, an American singer-songwriter born in 1915.
  • Micheline Ostermeyer, a French shot putter, discus thrower, and pianist born in 1922, passed away in 2001.
  • Rehavam Ze’evi, an Israeli historian, general, and politician who served as Tourism Minister of Israel, born in 1926, died in 2001.
  • Derek Bell, an Irish harpist and composer born in 1935, passed away in 2002.
  • In 2004, we mourned the loss of Uzi Hitman, an Israeli singer-songwriter born in 1952.
  • Daniel Emilfork, a Chilean-French actor born in 1924, died in 2006.
  • Christopher Glenn, an American journalist born in 1938, passed away in 2006.
  • In 2007, we lost Joey Bishop, an American actor and talk show host born in 1918.
  • Teresa Brewer, an American singer born in 1931, died in 2007.
  • Suzy Covey, an American scholar and academic born in 1939, passed away in 2007.
  • Urmas Ott, an Estonian journalist and author born in 1955, died in 2008.
  • Levi Stubbs, an American singer born in 1936, passed away in 2008.
  • Ben Weider, a Canadian businessman who co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness, born in 1923, died in 2008.
  • Norma Fox Mazer, an American author and educator born in 1931, passed away in 2009.
  • In 2009, we mourned the loss of Vic Mizzy, an American composer born in 1916.
  • Carl Lindner, Jr., an American businessman born in 1919, passed away in 2011.
  • In 2012, we lost Milija Aleksic, an English-South African footballer born in 1951.
  • Émile Allais, a French skier born in 1912, died in 2012.
  • Henry Friedlander, a German-American historian and author born in 1930, passed away in 2012.
  • Stanford R. Ovshinsky, an American scientist and businessman who co-founded Energy Conversion Devices, born in 1922, died in 2012.
  • Kōji Wakamatsu, a Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter born in 1936, passed away in 2012.
  • In 2013, we mourned the loss of Mother Antonia, an American-Mexican nun and activist born in 1926.
  • Terry Fogerty, an English rugby player and coach born in 1944, died in 2013.
  • Arthur Maxwell House, a Canadian neurologist and politician who served as the 10th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, born in 1926, passed away in 2013.
  • Lou Scheimer, an American animator, producer, and voice actor who co-founded the Filmation Company, born in 1928, died in 2013.
  • Rene Simpson, a Canadian-American tennis player born in 1966, passed away in 2013.
  • In 2014, we lost Edwards Barham, an American farmer and politician born in 1937.
  • Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author and activist born in 1943, died in 2014.
  • Tom Shaw, an American bishop born in 1945, passed away in 2014.
  • Berndt von Staden, a German diplomat who served as the German Ambassador to the United States, born in 1919, died in 2014.
  • Danièle Delorme, a French actress and producer born in 1926, passed away in 2015.
  • In 2015, we mourned the loss of Howard Kendall, an English footballer and manager born in 1946.
  • Anne-Marie Lizin, a Belgian lawyer and politician born in 1949, died in 2015.
  • Tom Smith, an American businessman and politician born in 1947, passed away in 2015.
  • In 2017, we lost Gord Downie, a Canadian musician born in 1964.
  • In 2019, we mourned the loss of Elijah Cummings, an American politician and civil rights advocate born in 1951.

October 17 Holidays- World Wide

On October 17th, various Christian saints are celebrated, including:

– Saint Andrew of Crete
– Saint Anstrudis
– Saint Catervus
– Saints Ethelred and Ethelberht
– Saint Florentius of Orange
– François-Isidore Gagelin (one of the Vietnamese Martyrs)
– Saint Hosea
– Saint Ignatius of Antioch
– Saint John the Short (John Colobus)
– Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque (in the pre-1969 calendar, Visitadines)
– Saint Nothhelm
– Rule of Saint Andrew
– Saint Richard Gwyn
– Saint Victor of Capua

Additionally, October 17th is recognized as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and is observed as Loyalty Day in Argentina and National Police Day in Thailand.

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