October 17th: What is special about this date?

October 17th marks the 290th day of the Gregorian calendar year (or the 291st in case of leap years). There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year. Discover famous birthdays on October 17th, celebrities died on this date, the zodiac sign associated to October 17th and what happened on October 17th in history. On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about October 17th.


October 17th: what famous birthdays are on this date?

On October 17th there are the following famous birthdays:

  • Smita Patil
    Smita Patil (1955)

    Renowned Indian actress known for her impactful performances in Hindi and Marathi cinema.

  • Felicity Jones
    Felicity Jones (1983)

    Felicity Jones is an English actress known for her roles in films such as The Theory of Everything, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and On the...

  • Wyclef Jean
    Wyclef Jean (1972)

    Wyclef jean is a musician, rapper, and actor known for being a member of the hip-hop group the fugees and for his solo career as a musician.

  • Montgomery Clift
    Montgomery Clift (1920)

    Film actor (from here to eternity).

  • Rob Marshall
    Rob Marshall (1960)

    American choreographer and director producer.

  • Margot Kidder
    Margot Kidder (1948)

    Margot kidder was a canadian-american actress best known for her iconic role as lois lane in the superman film series.

  • Evel Knievel
    Evel Knievel (1938)

    American daredevil and modern-day gladiator, who performs daring motorcycle stunts which have nearly killed him several times.

  • Mike Judge
    Mike Judge (1962)

    American voice actor, cartoonist, and filmmaker.

  • Jean Arthur
    Jean Arthur (1900)

    American singer and actress (d. 1991).

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October 17th: who died on this date?

On October 17th the following celebrities died:

  • Danièle Delorme
    Danièle Delorme (2015)

    French actress and producer of film, the daughter a noted painter and resistance worker andra (c) girard.

  • Teresa Brewer
    Teresa Brewer (2007)

    American jazz and pop singer (born 1931).

  • Levi Stubbs
    Levi Stubbs (2008)

    American baritone singer (four tops) (born 1936).

  • John Stuart
    John Stuart (1979)

    Actor of scottish-english descent (d. 1979).

  • Joan Hickson
    Joan Hickson (1998)

    British actress (born in 1906).

  • Anne Crawford
    Anne Crawford (1956)

    Actress from israel-english (d. 1956).

  • Nathanyl Chopin (1849)

    Celebrated composer known for his timeless music.

  • Elijah Cummings (2019)

    Elijah Cummings was an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the U.S.

  • Fredderick Chopin (1849)

    Renowned Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era.

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October 17th: what zodiac sign is associated with this date?

On October 17th, the zodiac sign associated with this date is Libra according to the Western Zodiac.

Libra zodiac sign

October 17th: what is special about the Libra sign?

The Libra sign encompasses people born between September 23rd and October 22nd.

You can discover Libra's personality traits and attitude and Libra's most and least compatible signs.

If you're a Libra born in October discover why October born are so special.


October 17th: what happened on this date in history?

Here's what happened on October 17th in history:

  • Oct 17, 1912: Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
  • Oct 17, 1918: De Kooy airport in the Netherlands opens
  • Oct 17, 1923: Catholic University of Nijmegen Netherlands opens
  • Oct 17, 1931: Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison
  • Oct 17, 1954: Philadelphia Eagles' Adrian Burk passes for seven touchdowns vs Washington Redskins (49-21).
  • Oct 17, 1971: Judy Rankin wins LPGA Quality-First Golf Classic
  • Oct 17, 1974: NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Oct 17, 1979: Beatlemania closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances
  • Oct 17, 1980: 1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW vs. Queensland
  • Oct 17, 2003: The Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada is removed from office. This ends the conflict over bolivian natural gas and he flees to America.
  • Oct 17, 2005: 2 Umrah pilgrims died when the ship they were on their way back in collided with a cargo ship in Suez Canal. Although initial reports claimed 20 deaths, more than 90 people were hurt.
  • Oct 17, 2009: Czech President Vaclav Klaus likens the Treaty of Lisbon as an unstoppable speeding train that he is being forced into signing.

What day of the year is October 17th?

October 17th marks the 290th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (or the 291st in case of leap years).

There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year.

October 17th is the 17th day of the month of October.


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