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October 17 is the 290th (in leap years the 291st) day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining.
1900-1999 1912 - Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War 1917 - First British bombing of Germany in World War I 1931 - Al Capone convicted of income tax evasion 1933 - Albert Einstein, fleeing Nazi Germany, moves to the US 1937 - Huey, Dewey and Louie, Donald Duck's three almost identical nephews, first appeared in a newspaper comic strip. 1941 - For the first time in World War II, a German submarine attacks an American ship 1945 - A massive number of people gather in the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to demand Juan Peron's release. This is known to the Peronists as the Día de la lealtad (day of loyalty) or San Perón (Saint Perón). It's considered the birthday of Peronism. 1961 - 200 Algerian protesters are massacred by the Paris police 1967 - The musical Hair opens at the Anspacher Theater on Broadway. 1970 - Anwar Sadat becomes president of Egypt 1970 - Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group. 1973 - OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria 1979 - Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 1979 - The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the United States Department of Education and United States Department of Health and Human Services. Both replace the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. 1984 - The New York Times runs an article titled " ", which describes a secret " CIA primer tells nicaraguan rebels how to kill Psychological Operations in Guerilla Warfare" manual that the CIA supplied to the Contras and that gives instructions on how to kidnap and assassinate civil officials such as judges and policemen. 1989 - Loma Prieta earthquake (7.1 on the Richter scale) hits the San Francisco Bay Area. 1994 - Draft peace treaty between Israel and Jordan 1994 - Peace treaty between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.
1900-1999 1900 - Jean Arthur, actress (d. 1991) 1902 - Irene Ryan, actress (d. 1973) 1903 - Nathanael West, writer (d. 1940) 1912 - Pope John Paul I, religious leader (d. 1978) 1914 - Jerry Siegel, cartoonist (d. 1998) 1915 - Arthur Miller, playwright 1918 - Rita Hayworth, actress (d. 1987) 1920 - Montgomery Clift, actor (d. 1966) 1921 - Tom Poston, actor, comedian 1930 - Jimmy Breslin, writer 1936 - Hiroo Kanamori, seismologist 1938 - Evel Knievel, professional daredevil 1940 - James Seals, musician 1942 - Gary Puckett, musician 1946 - Sir Cameron Mackintosh, stage producer, director 1946 - Bob Seagren, American pole vaulter and actor 1946 - Adam Michnik, Solidarity activist 1947 - Gene Green, American politician 1947 - Michael McKean, actor, comedian 1948 - Margot Kidder, actress 1948 - George Wendt, actor 1950 - Howard Rollins, actor (d. 1996) 1956 - Mae Jemison, astronaut 1958 - Alan Jackson, country music performer 1962 - Mike Judge, cartoonist, writer 1968 - Ziggy Marley, reggae musician 1969 - Ernie Els, South African golfer 1970 - Anil Kumble, Indian cricketer 1971 - Chris Kirkpatrick, singer 1972 - Eminem, rap music performer 1972 - Wyclef Jean, singer 1974 - John Rocker, baseball player 1979 - Kimi Räikkönen, Finn Formula One racing driver 1982 - Jessica Zucha, actress
Holidays and observances
October 16 - October 18 - September 17 - November 17 -- listing of all days
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October 2nd: Rally students at your school to demand a 100% clean energy policy from your administrators.
October 25th: Invite your representatives to present their local environmental plan to your school.
October 27th: Learn the terms of the trade - recycled vs. recyclable, carbon emission vs. carbon offset - so your representatives know you are serious about the environment.
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