All About October 17th
Holidays, Horoscope and Trivia
October 17th Holidays
- Black Poetry Day
On October 17, 1761, poet, writer, and preacher Jupiter Hammon became the first Black published author. To celebrate his work and the contributions of Black poets October 17th became Black Poetry Day. Learn more here: https://www.readpoetry.com/celebrate-black-poetry-day-with-200-years-of-world-changing-black-poets/
- Four Prunes Day
Four Prunes Day is celebrating prunes when you need a little gastrointestinal relief. It is believed that eating four to nine prunes will help relieve constipation. You’re welcome.
- International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
October 17th, learn more on the events of this day here: https://www.un.org/en/observances/day-for-eradicating-poverty.
- Mulligan Day
In golf, a mulligan is when a player gets a second chance to perform a specific move or action. Today on October 17th, you get a second chance too. So if something you did is off or wrong, you get a do-over.
- National Edge Day
Edge Day is a celebration founded by people who live straight edge lifestyles. A straight edge lifestyle is a subculture of punk rock that means different things to different people, but usually means refraining from using drugs, drinking excessively and sometimes being vegan or vegetarian.
National Pasta DayOctober 17th encourages us to celebrate pasta! Not that we need much encouragement! So enjoy some spaghetti or some fettuccini or whatever paste dish is your favorite today! https://www.recipetineats.com/quick-easy-pasta-recipes/
- Spreadsheet Day
Spreadsheet Day is celebrated on October 17th to honor the date when VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program for Apple II was released in the year 1979 and the process of computing and managing massive amounts of data became much easier.
- Wear Something Gaudy Day
Remember the 1970’s the hit TV Comedy “Three’s Company”? Well, in it we were introduced to a character by the name of Larry Dallas that loved to dress and act flashy and loud. So today get your Larry on and stand out in the crowd today!
- World Trauma Day
World Trauma Day is on October 17th. The day focuses on the importance of saving and protecting lives during emergencies and providing education on how to avoid traumatic injuries and deaths.
October 17th Horoscope is Libra
- Date range: September 23 – October 22
- Element: Air
- Quality: Cardinal
- Color: Pink, Green
- Ruler: Venus
- Lucky Numbers: 4, 6, 13, 15, 24
- Personality Traits: Cooperative, diplomatic, gracious, stable, common sense, social but upsets easily, holds grudges, plays the victim
- Famous Libras: Neve Campbell, Kate Winslet, Jesse Eisenberg, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, Matt Damon, Naomi Watts, Will Smith, Viggo Mortenson, Zac Efron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Clive Owen, Hillary Duff, Tim Robbins, John Krasinski, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alicia Silverstone, Susan Sarandon, Eminem, Elisabeth Shue and Gwen Stefani.
October 17th Trivia
- 1091 – A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.
- 1346 – Battle of Neville’s Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by the English near Durham, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.
- 1814 – October 17th, 1814 several vats of beer burst at the Meux and Company Brewery , flooding the city streets with 610,000 liters of beer. The almost 15 feet tall wave of porter beer killed 8 people. This became known as the London Beer Flood.
- 1888 – Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
- 1912 – Pope John Paul I was born.
- 1918 – Rita Hayworth, American actress was born in Brooklyn, New York.
- 1919 – RCA is incorporated as the Radio Corporation of America.
1931 – Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion.
1933 – Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
1940 – The body of Communist propagandist Willi Münzenberg found in South France, starting a never-resolved mystery.
- 1938 – Evel Knievel, Stunt performer was born in Butte, MT.
- 1956 – 13 yeard old Bobby Fischer wins a chess match with Donald Byrne, known as the The Game of the Century in New York City.
- 1959 – Norm Macdonald, Canadian stand-up comedian and known for being on Saturday Night Live was born in Quebec City, Canada.
- 1966 – The 23rd Street Fire in New York City kills 12 firefighters, the fire department’s deadliest day up until 9/11 happens.
- 1972 – Eminem, American rapper, producer, actor was born.
- 1979 – Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- 1989 – A 6.0 magnitude earthquake named, Loma Prieta shakes California
killing 60 people and causing many landslides.
- 2019 – Elijah Cummings, longtime Baltimore congressman, dies age 68.