October 17

October 17 Information from the Holidays and Observances website!

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2021 Daily Holidays that fall on October 17, include:

  • Black Poetry Day 
  • Forgive an Ex Day 
  • Four Prunes Day 
  • International Cassette Store Day 
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 
  • Mulligan Day 
  • National Edge Day 
  • National Pasta Day 
  • National Playing Card Collectors Day 
  • National Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day - October 17, 2021 (Third Sunday in October)
  • Pay Back a Friend Day 
  • Spreadsheet Day 
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day 
  • World Toy Camera Day - October 17, 2021 (Third Sunday in October)
  • World Trauma Day 

2021 Weekly Holidays that include October 17, are:

  • Bone and Joint Health Action Week - October 12-20
  • Bullying Bystanders Unite Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week of October)
  • Cricket World Cup - October 1 - November 14, 2021
  • Food & Drug Interactions and Awareness Week - October 17-24
  • Freedom From Bullies Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week in October)
  • International Credit Union Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Week of International Credit Union Day)
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week in October)
  • National Business Women's Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week of October)
  • National Character Counts Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week of October)
  • National Chemistry Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week of October)
  • National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week - October 17-23, 2021 
  • National Forest Products Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Week that starts on the Third Sunday in October)
  • National Friends of Libraries Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week of October)
  • National Healthcare Quality Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week of October)
  • National Medical Assistants Recognition Week - October 17-23, 2021
  • National Pharmacy Week  - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week in October)
  • National Save For Retirement Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week of October)
  • National School Bus Safety Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week of October)
  • National Teen Driver Safety Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week in October)
  • National Wolf Awareness Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Week of October from Sunday - Saturday)
  • Rabi '-al-Awwal - October 7, 2021 - November 5, 2021
  • Rodent Awareness Week - October 17-23, 2021
  • Spiritual Care Week - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Full Week in October)
  • Take Your Medicine Americans Week - October 10-17
  • YWCA Week Without Violence - October 17-23, 2021 (Third Week in October) 

2021 Monthly Holidays that include October 17, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our October Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of October.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for October 17 is Libra which spans from September 23 to October 23.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of October is:

  • Marigold is a Mediterranean native plant and has been prized for both its beauty and versatility. They come in a range of colors including white, gold, and yellow; however, probably the most popular is bright orange.

This year, I used several flats of marigolds around all my vegetables that I was growing.  I also re-potted a bunch of hanging baskets with succulents and put some yellow marigolds in each one for some color.


The Birthstone(s) for October are :

  • Opal gemstones are truly unique, because each individual gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind color combination.
  • Tourmaline is a favorite gemstone for many because it's available in a rainbow of beautiful colors.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1918 - Rita Hayworth, American actress, singer, and dancer, she was the most glamorous movie star of the 1940's and was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II
  • 1918 - Ralph Wilson, American businessman who founded the Buffalo Bills (d. 2014)
  • 1935 - Michael Eavis, English farmer who founded the Glastonbury Festival
  • 1938 - Evel Knievel, American motorcycle rider and stuntman (d. 2007)
  • 1941 - Jim Seals, American singer, and songwriter who was part of the duo of Seals & Croft, famous for Diamond Girl and Summer Breeze
  • 1942 - Gary Puckett, American singer and songwriter and part of Gary Puckett & The Union Gap who was famous for songs, Young Girl, and This Girl is a Woman Now
  • 1948 - Margot Kidder, Canadian-American actress famous for playing Lois Lane in Superman (d. 2018)

Famous Deaths

  • 1991 - Tennessee Ernie Ford, American singer and actor (The Shotgun Boogie and Sixteen Tons) (b. 1919)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1707 - Johann S. Bach, German composer marries his cousin Maria Barbara Bach
  • 1749 - Samuel Adams, U.S. revolutionary marries Elizabeth Checkley
  • 1914 - Babe Ruth, U.S. baseball star, marries waitress Helen Woodford
  • 1945 - Actress Ava Gardner marries band leader Artie Shaw
  • 1952 - Hank Williams, U.S. Country music star marries Billie Jean Jones

Quote of the Day

October 17 is World Trauma Day

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

October is National Pasta Month and October 17 is National Pasta Day!

Healthy Pasta Recipes, and pasta in general has gotten a bad rap over the years as being an unfriendly diet habit, because it’s full of the dreaded carbohydrates that we are all trying to avoid for weight control.

Is the rap sheet such that you should be avoiding pasta at all costs, or is there a healthy way to include pasta into the mix?

October is National Pasta Month and October 17 is National Pasta Day! Check out our Healthy Pasta Recipes!

Check out some of the pro's and con's of Healthy Pasta Recipes, Tips on how to include Healthy Pasta Recipes in your Meals, and check out some of Kerry's favorite Healthy Pasta Recipes on Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website!

This Day in History

  • 1346 - King David II of Scotland is captured by the English at Neville's Cross and put in prison for eleven years
  • 1781 - During the American Revolutionary War, British General Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown
  • 1931 - Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion
  • 1933 - Albert Einstein moves to the United States after fleeing Nazi Germany
  • 1941 - During World War II, the USS Kearny becomes the first U.S. Navy vessel to be torpedoed by a U-boat
  • 1943 - The Burma Railway is completed
  • 1956 - Queen Elizabeth II, officially opens the first commercial nuclear power station in Sellafield, England
  • 1973 - OPEC imposes an oil embargo to every country who helped Israel in the Yom Kippur War
  • 1979 - The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Mother Teresa 
  • 1979 - The Department of Education is created from the Department of Education Organization Act
  • 1989 - San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast are hit with the 6.9 Mw Loma Prieta earthquake that kills 63 people
  • 2018 - Canada legalizes the recreational use of cannabis

This Day in Music

  • 1977 - The album Street Survivors is released by Lynyrd Skynyrd, which is the last album with lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines are both kills in a plane crash on October 20, 1977
  • 1989 - The album Storm Front with hit We Didn't Start The Fire is released by Billy Joel
  • 1998 - One Week by Barenaked Ladies hits #1 in the U.S. (video below)
  • 2000 - Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water by Limp Bizkit is released as their third album, where it debuts at #1 in America
  • 2006 - Stevie Wonder receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN

This Day in Sports

  • 1968 - The U.S. wins the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics in the U.S. men's 4x100m freestyle relay team of Zac Zorn, Stephen Rerych, Mark Spitz and Ken Walsh. They swim a world record of 3:31.7
  • 1987 - The 1st indoor World Series game is played at the Minnesota Metrodome
  • 1989 - A 6.9 Mw earthquake in San Francisco cancels the 3rd game of the World Series and kills 67 people
  • 1991 - Angel Cordero Jr., is the 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races
  • 2012 - Lance Armstrong, U.S. road racing cyclist loses a bunch of endorsements after his doping scandal

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

(menhir) n. 

1. (archaelogy) A single tall standing stone as a monument, especially one dating to prehistoric times

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