On This Day for 17th November

Historical Events

  • 1558 Elizabeth I aged 25 ascends English throne upon death of her half sister "Bloody" Mary
  • 1800 Congress held 1st session in Wash DC in incompleted Capitol building
  • 1831 Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.
  • 1855 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • 1869 Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean & Red seas
  • 1922 The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire Mehmed VI is expelled to Malta on British warship

Did You Know?

Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg

On November 17th, 1888

Famous Weddings

  • 1749 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (28) weds first wife Elizabeth Hartwell in Massachusetts
  • 1934 Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor
  • 1950 Writer Jack Kerouac (28) weds Joan Haverty
  • 1978 Gerald Lascelles (under English princess Mary) weds Elizabeth Colvin
  • 2003 Singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Famous Divorces

  • 1995 Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (47) divorces Laura Cwikowski after nearly 8 years of marriage