On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 2019

Historical Events

Music History

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Agreement of Interest

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 and 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? 2 years, 8 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Alpha
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Libra

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: HIGHEST IN THE ROOM - Travis Scott
  • UK #1 Song: Dance Monkey - Tones and I