What Happened on November 17

Significant Events

  • 1558 Elizabeth I aged 25 ascends English throne upon death of her half sister Queen "Bloody" Mary
  • 1800 Congress holds its 1st session in Washington D.C. in an incomplete Capitol Building
  • 1831 Ecuador and Venezuela 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 in Egypt opens, linking Mediterranean and Red seas
  • 1922 The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire Mehmed VI is expelled to Malta on British warship
  • 1970 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse
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Did You Know?

Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg

On November 17, 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, British aristocrat and son of Princess Mary weds 2nd wife Elizabeth Collingwood in Vienna
  • 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
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Would You Believe?

US President Richard Nixon tells AP "...people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook"

On November 17, 1973