On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 2012

Historical Events

  • Exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb discovered orbiting Alpha Centauri announced (later thought to be a false finding)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Lance Armstrong loses a host of endorsements in the wake of his doping scandal

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • Tens of thousands protest against austerity measures in Greece

Famous Deaths

  • Stanford Robert Ovshinsky, American inventor and scientist, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • Sylvia Maria Kristel, Dutch actress, dies from throat and liver cancer at 60
2012 Highlights

About October 17, 2012

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 8 years, 11 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra