On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 2017

Historical Events

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

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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

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declares city of Marawi "liberated" from militants

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte

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
2017 Highlights

About October 17, 2017

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 3 years, 1 month and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Libra