October 17 holidays in 2023

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - International (Awareness & Cause, United Nations)
Dessalines Day Haiti National/legal Holiday
Wear Something Gaudy Day - Unofficial (Lifestyle, Weird & Obscure)
National Pasta Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
National Edge Day - Unofficial (Health & Body, Lifestyle)
National Mulligan Day - Unofficial (Activity & Action)
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity - Unofficial (Relationships & Family)
National Pharmacy Technician Day - Unofficial (Work & Occupation)
Forgive An Ex Day - Unofficial (Relationships & Family)
Spreadsheet Day - Unofficial (Products & Technology , Science)
Black Poetry Day - Unofficial (Culture & History, Education & Reading)

Historical Events on October 17

  • 1662: Dunkirk is sold to France for forty thousand pounds by Charles II of England.
  • 1777: During the American Revolutionary War, British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga, New York.
  • 1781: British General Earl Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1814: During the London Beer Flood, 8-people die.
  • 1917: During WWI, the British do the first bombing of Germany.
  • 1919: The Radio Corporation of America is incorporated on this day.
  • 1931: The notorious gangster Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion.
  • 1933: Albert Einstein and his wife leave Nazi Germany to live in the United States.
  • 1943: Nazi extermination camp Sobibor is closed on this day.
  • 1966: A raging fire at a New York City building ends up killing 12 firefighters on this day. That would make this the single deadliest day for the NY Fire Department until the Sept 11. attacks.
  • 1979: The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Mother Teresa on this day.

Famous Birthdays on October 17

  • American illustrator and author Jerry Siegel is born in 1914.
  • American screenwriter and playwright Arthur Miller is born in 1915.
  • American painter and sculptor Adele Stimmel Chase is born in 1917.
  • American actress and singer Marsha Hunt is born in 1917.
  • American actor Montgomery Clift is born in 1920.
  • Scottish author, poet and playwright, George Mackay Brown is born in 1921.
  • American motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel is born in 1938.
  • Australian poet and critic Les Murray is born in 1938.
  • American pianist and conductor Stephen Kovacevich is born in 1940.
  • American drummer Michael Hossack is born in 1946.
  • American actor, director and comedian, Michael McKean is born in 1947.
  • American singer-songwriter Chris Kirkpatrick is born in 1971.
  • American rapper, actor and producer, Eminem is born in 1972.
  • English actor Matthew Macfayden is born in 1974.
  • American actor Alimi Ballard is born in 1977.

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