On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 2019

Historical Events


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Lana Del Rey's ballad "Video Games" named song of the decade at Q Awards in London

Singer-Songwriter and Model Lana Del Rey
Singer-Songwriter and Model
Lana Del Rey

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Mick Mulvaney, President Trump's acting chief of staff says the White House withheld nearly $400 million in military aid from Ukraine to further Trump's own political interests

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • The 'Blob', mysterious yellow slime organism (physarum polycephalum) with 720 sexes, moves and can solve problems to go on display at the Paris Zoological Park

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Turkey agrees to a ceasefire in Northern Syria for 5 days to allow withdrawal of Kurdish troops, after talks between US VP Mike Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new Brexit deal with the EU, removes the Northern Ireland backstop clause

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • US adults identifying as Christian falls 12% in a decade to 2/3 according to the Pew Research Center, born-again Protestants falls to 16%

Famous Deaths

  • Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98
  • Elijah Cummings, American politician (Rep-Maryland (D) 1996-2019), dies at 68
  • Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, dies at 92
2019 Highlights

About October 17, 2019

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 1 year, 5 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Libra