October 2017 calendar

October 2017

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in October 2017.
The US president was Donald John Trump (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Theresa May (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on October 2017: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 2017?


  • 01 Oct 2017 Yemeni Crisis (2011–present): Houthi forces claim to have shot down a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Yemeni capital Sana'a. Footage released by Saba News Agency appears to show crowds gathering around the wreckage of an aircraft. (Reuters)
  • 02 Oct 2017 The Luxor Hotel is placed on lockdown due to a bomb threat. (Express)
  • 03 Oct 2017 Syrian Civil War: ISIL releases video footage of two alleged Russian soldiers it captured. However, Russia denies the claims. (Newsweek)
  • 04 Oct 2017 Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Hawija offensive (2017): The Iraqi Army and allied paramilitary fighters storm the ISIL-held city of Hawija in the Kirkuk Governorate. Hawija is one of the last remaining ISIL strongholds in Iraq. (BBC)
  • 05 Oct 2017 Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Hawija offensive (2017): The Iraqi Army fully retakes the city of Hawija in the Kirkuk Governorate from ISIL. Fighting continues to the north and east of the city as Iraqi troops continue anti-ISIL operations in the Hawija District. (The Guardian)
  • 06 Oct 2017 According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Russian airstrikes kill at least 14 civilians, including three children, as they cross the Euphrates river near the ISIL-held city of Mayadin in eastern Syria while fleeing the village of Mahkan. (TRT World)
  • 07 Oct 2017 A Saudi national opens fire at the Al-Salam Royal Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing two guards and injuring three others. Security guards shoot and kill the gunman. (Arab News), (BBC)
  • 08 Oct 2017 Rohingya persecution in Myanmar (2016–present): A refugee boat en route to Bangladesh from Myanmar capsizes, resulting in at least 12 deaths. (Global News)
  • 09 Oct 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences: The Nobel Prize committee awards American Richard Thaler the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel "for his contributions to behavioral economics." His work focuses on the psychology of the human conflict of what we plan for the financial present versus what we plan for the future. (Nobel Prize.org), (BBC)
  • 10 Oct 2017 2017 North Korea crisis: A South Korean lawmaker claims that in 2016, North Korean hackers stole classified military documents detailing joint operations between the South Korean and United States military forces in the event of war with North Korea. (The Financial Times)
  • 11 Oct 2017 Syrian Civil War: Three suicide bombers attack a police command center in Damascus, killing two people and injuring six others. (Reuters)The Sun reports that the CIA informed UK intelligence agencies that British-born ISIL activist and recruiter Sally Jones was killed in a U.S. drone strike in June along with her 12-year-old son while they were fleeing Raqqa in Syria. (The Guardian)
  • 12 Oct 2017 War in North-West Pakistan: Pakistani forces rescue Canadian Joshua Boyle, American Caitlan Coleman, and their family, in the Kurram Valley. The family had been kidnapped by the Taliban nearly five years ago in Afghanistan's Wardak Province. (Global News), (The Washington Post)
  • 13 Oct 2017 Human rights in the Philippines: A group of civil society organizations, "among them groups working on human rights, youth and drug policy reform," have demanded that Apple Inc. remove from its App Store games it said violated the tech firm's guidelines and promoted violence and killings commonplace in the Philippine Drug War. (Reuters)
  • 14 Oct 2017 14 October 2017 Mogadishu bombings: At least 276 people are killed when a lorry filled with explosives detonates outside a hotel in the capital Mogadishu, becoming the worst terrorist attack in Somalia's history. (NBC News)
  • 15 Oct 2017 2017 Iraqi–Kurdish conflict: Battle of Kirkuk (2017): Iraqi forces advance into Kurdish-held territory around the city of Kirkuk. Clashes have been reported in the surrounding cities. (Reuters) (RT)
  • 16 Oct 2017 War in Somalia: 14 October 2017 Mogadishu bombings: Somalis march to demonstrate their anger at the presence of al-Shabaab, the group believed to be responsible for a recent bombing attack. (BBC)Battle of Kirkuk (2017): Iraqi government forces have captured key installations outside the disputed city of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters. (BBC)Concern over oil supplies from Iraq has pushed crude prices higher as the country's government continues its move against Kurdish forces. (BBC)
  • 17 Oct 2017 Syrian Civil War: Battle of Raqqa: The Syrian Democratic Forces announce the end of the battle for ISIL's de facto capital. (Al Jazeera)
  • 18 Oct 2017 Syrian Civil War: Syrian Republican Guard major general Issam Zahreddine, known for leading battles against the rebels in Homs and Aleppo, is killed by a landmine in Deir ez-Zor, according to Syrian media. (Al Arabiya)
  • 19 Oct 2017 War in Afghanistan: At least 43 Afghan soldiers are killed in a Taliban attack on an army base in Kandahar Province. Around 10 Taliban fighters also died in the attack. (Business Insider)
  • 20 Oct 2017 Syrian Civil War: Battle of Raqqa (2017): The Syrian Democratic Forces announce the "total liberation" of Raqqa, previously the de facto capital of ISIL. (CNN)
  • 21 Oct 2017 War in Somalia: 14 October 2017 Mogadishu bombings: The death toll in Somalia's deadliest terror attack rises up to 358, making it the fifth-deadliest terror attack worldwide. (Irish Independent)
  • 22 Oct 2017 Boko Haram insurgency: A suicide bomber kills 13 people and injures five others in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri. According to the police, 13 more civilians were injured in separate attacks. (Reuters)
  • 23 Oct 2017 Battle of Marawi: The Philippines Armed Forces declares an end to military operations in the southern city of Marawi after 5 months of fighting. (Reuters)
  • 24 Oct 2017 Terrorism in Germany: German police find guns and ammunition in a raid on suspected Islamist militants. (Reuters)
  • 25 Oct 2017 Congressional Gold Medal: The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to Filipino American veterans of World War II more than 70 years after the end of that war. (Manila Bulletin)
  • 26 Oct 2017 Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections: Twitter bans all ads from Russian news agencies RT and Sputnik based on U.S. intelligence's conclusion that both attempted to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of the Russian government. (Business Insider)
  • 27 Oct 2017 Kazakh alphabets: President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan announces that the Kazakh language will begin using a Latin script, rather than the current Cyrillic script. (Official site of the Kazakh presidency) (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 28 Oct 2017 28 October 2017 Mogadishu bombings: Two car bombs kill at least 25 people, mostly police officers, near the national theater area in Mogadishu, Somalia, two weeks after a similar attack killed hundreds. Islamist group Al-Shabaab claims responsibility. (Reuters)
  • 29 Oct 2017 Northern Rakhine State clashes: More than 2,000 people march in Yangon to show support for the military, urging the military to secure the country's sovereignty, protect national security and stop illegal intruders (referring to the Rohingya people). (ABC News)
  • 30 Oct 2017 Gaza–Israel conflict: The IDF destroys a partly-completed tunnel from the Gaza Strip border near the town of Khan Yunis that crossed into Israeli territory, killing seven Hamas militants. Several more died in the rescue efforts. (Reuters)
  • 31 Oct 2017 2017 Lower Manhattan attack: Eight people are killed and at least 11 others injured when a man in a rented pickup truck drives down a bike path along the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan. The 29-year-old suspect, later identified as Uzbekistani immigrant Sayfullo Saipov, is shot and taken into custody by police. Police are treating this incident as an act of terrorism. (New York Post) (AP) (UPI) (NBC News)
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Look What You Made Me Do
  2. - Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)
  3. - Rockstar
  4. - 1-800-273-8255
  5. - Mi Gente


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Carmilla Movie

The Carmilla Movie

Release year: 2017

Directed by: Spencer Maybee

Starring: Elise Bauman, Natasha Negovanlis, Annie Briggs, Kaitlyn Alexander

Please Stand By

Please Stand By

Release year: 2017

Directed by: Ben Lewin

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette, Alice Eve, River Alexander

Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day

Release year: 2017

Directed by: Christopher Landon

Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken

Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

Release year: 2017

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench


Which were the most popular books released in October 2017?
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Grant by Ron Chernow



Biography of Ulysses S. Grant, Union general and U.S. president

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In these “urgently relevant essays,”* the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.“We

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down


“A wrenching and revelatory novel.” – The New York Times“Green finds the language to describe the indescribable. . . . A must-read for those struggling with mental illness, or for their friends and family.”

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Principles: Life and Work


#1 New York Times Bestseller “Significant...The book is both instructive and surprisingly moving.” —The New York Times Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the …

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

A Column of Fire


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Absorbing . . . impossible to resist.” —The Washington PostAs Europe erupts, can one young spy protect his queen? International bestselling author Ken Follett takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, …