Historical Events on October 17 (Part 2)

  • 2018 Australian state of Queensland decriminalizes abortion
  • 2018 Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch puppeteer Caroll Spinney leaves "Sesame Street" after 50 years
  • 2018 Canada legalizes the sale of recreational cannabis, the second country after Uruguay
  • 2018 India's junior foreign minister MJ Akbar is highest official to resign in #MeToo case after sexual harassment accusations by numerous women
  • 2018 Student shoots and detonates a bomb killing 20 with 40 injured at Kerch polytechnic college, Crimea

The Connors

2018 The revived "The Connors" debuts on ABC TV starring Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman, without fired former star Roseanne Barr

Music History

2019 Lana Del Rey's ballad "Video Games" named song of the decade at Q Awards in London

Event of Interest

2019 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

  • 2019 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

2019 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

Event of Interest

2019 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new Brexit deal with the EU, removes the Northern Ireland backstop clause

  • 2019 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%
  • 2020 Chicago declared the 'rattiest city' in America for the sixth year in a row by pest control service Orkin

Election of Interest

2020 Labour Party headed by Jacinda Ardern re-elected in a landslide in New Zealand's general election

  • 2021 Return engagement of David Byrne's musical revue "American Utopia" opens at St. James Theatre, NYC; runs for 134 performances

Ballon d'Or

2022 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema wins his first award; Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas claims women's award for a second-straight season

Music History

2022 K-pop band BTS announces that all seven members will be serving in the South Korean military for the required 18 month minimum

  • 2022 Shehan Karunatilka is the second Sri Lankan author to win the Booker Prize with his novel "The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida" [1]