On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 2017

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • American short-story writer George Saunders wins the Man Booker Prize for his first novel "Lincoln in the Bardo"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

George Soros announces he has donated $18 billion to his grantmaking network the Open Society Foundations

Investor and Political Activist George Soros
Investor and Political Activist
George Soros
  • Islamic State headquarters Raqqa declared under full control of US-led alliance by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello after 4 months of fighting
  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declares city of Marawi "liberated" from militants

Famous Deaths

  • Gordon Downie, Canadian rock musician (The Tragically Hip), dies of glioblastoma at 53
  • Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), dies at 95
  • Julian May, American sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat), dies at 86