- 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
Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg
On November 17, 1888