Berlin (dpa) - The current calendar sheet for October 17, 2019:

42nd calendar week, 290th day of the year

75 days left until the end of the year

Zodiac sign: Libra

Nameday: Ignatius


2018 - The second country in the world after Uruguay, Canada declares marijuana cultivation and sale legal throughout the country.

2009 - Macedonia and Kosovo settle their border dispute. The parliaments of both countries ratify a special state treaty in special sessions.

1999 - In London, the largest ferris wheel in the world, the 137-meter-high "London Eye", is completed. The ferris wheel for up to 1000 people starts operation in March 2000.

1989 - The controversial novel "The satanic verses" by Salman Rushdie is delivered in a German translation, which comes out in the by a publisher consortium specially founded "Article 19 publishing house".

1989 - In San Francisco, 63 people are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake. The financial damage amounts to more than seven billion US dollars. The so-called Loma Prieta quake is considered to be the strongest quake in the region since 1906.

1974 - The furniture store Ikea opens its first German branch in Eching near Munich.

1919 - Madrid Metro is inaugurated. King Alfonso XIII takes part in the maiden voyage.

1882 - At the Philharmonie in Bernburger Straße 22a, the Berliner Orchester, re-founded in May of that year, under the direction of Ludwig von Brenner, gives its first concert under the name "Philharmonisches Orchester".

1797 - Napoleon concludes the peace of Campo Formio with Austria. Vienna has to cede the Austrian Netherlands and areas in northern Italy and receives in return Venice.


1979 - Kimi Raikkonen (40), Finnish Formula 1 racing driver, Formula 1 World Champion 2007

1977 - Anna Depenbusch (42), German singer-songwriter («Sommer aus Papier»)

1972 - Eminem (47), American rapper («Kamikaze»)

1968 - Ziggy Marley (51), Jamaican reggae musician («Power to Move Ya»)

1934 - Christian Bruhn (85), German composer and producer («marble, stone and iron breaks»)


2017 - Danielle Darrieux, French actress («The girls of Rochefort», «8 women») and chansonniere, b. 1917

1849 - Frédéric Chopin, Polish composer and pianist («Minute Waltz», «Revolutionary Etude»), b. 1810