Historical Events on 17th November
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473 - The future Zeno I is named associate emperor by Emperor Leo I.
1183 - Battle of Mizushima.
1278 - 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins
1292 - (O.S.) John Balliol becomes King of Scots.
1511 - England, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire sign anti-French covenant The Treaty of Westminster
1555 - William of Orange becomes member of Council of State
1558 - Elizabeth I aged 25 ascends English throne upon death of her half sister "Bloody" Mary
1558 - The Church of England is re-established
1603 - English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.
1636 - Henrique Dias, Brazilian general, wins a decisive battle against the Dutch in Brazil
1659 - Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain.
1734 - John Zenger, arrested for libel against NY col gov; later acquitted
1785 - Church of England organizes in New England
1796 - Battle of Arcole-Napoleon I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy
French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte 1798 - -21) Snow storms in New England, hundreds die
1800 - Congress held 1st session in Wash DC in incompleted Capitol building
1812 - Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow
1827 - The Delta Phi fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, was founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
1831 - Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.
1839 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan
1842 - Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
1842 - Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
1853 - Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections
1855 - David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe.
1856 - On the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, the United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan in order to help control new land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.
Physician and Explorer David Livingstone 1858 - Origin of Modified Julian Period
1862 - Confederate Sec of War George B Randolph resigns
1862 - Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign
1863 - -Dec 4th) Battle of Knoxville, TN
1863 - Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address
1866 - Opera "Mignon" is produced (Paris)
1869 - Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race (13K Paris-Rouen)
1869 - Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean & Red seas
1874 - Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, NZ
1875 - Amer Theosophical Society founded by Mme Blavatsky & Col Olcott
1876 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's patriotic Slavonic March made its premiere in Moscow to a warm reception by the Russian people.
1877 - Gilbert and Sullivan's operette "Sorcerer" premieres in London
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1877 - Russia launches a surprise night attack that overruns Turkish forces at Kars, Armenia
1878 - First assassination attempt against Umberto I of Italy.
1883 - 23rd British Golf Open: Willie Fernie shoots a 158 at Musselburgh Links
1884 - Cops arrest John L Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel"
1885 - The Serbian Army, with Russian support, invades Bulgaria
1888 - Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg
1889 - Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland & SF
1894 - Daily Racing Form founded
1894 - Serial killer H. H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons
1900 - 5th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 53-5 in Montgomery
1903 - Dahomey (Benin) becomes a French protectorate.
1903 - In the Treaty of Petropolis, Bolivia cedes the territory of Arce to Brazil; Bolivia gains rail and water outlets in the east
Serial Killer H. H. Holmes 1904 - George Cohan's musical "Little Johnny Jones" premieres in NYC
1905 - The Eulsa Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea.
1906 - 11th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-0 in Birmingham
1913 - 1st US dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Ct
1913 - The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans
1914 - US declares Panama Canal Zone neutral
1917 - Lenin defends "temporary" removal of freedom of the press
1918 - Social Democratic Party becomes Communistc Party Holland: CPH
1918 - German troops evacuate Brussels
1922 - The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire Mehmed VI is expelled to Malta on British warship
1926 - NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St Pats 4-1
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin 1927 - Tornado hits Washington, D.C.
1928 - Boston Garden officially opens
1928 - Notre Dame finally lost a football game after nearly 25 years
1929 - Pascual Ortiz Rubio elected president of Mexico
1929 - Stalin throws Nicolai Bucharin out of Politburo
1930 - Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC
1931 - Bradman scores 135 NSW v South Africa, 128 mins, 15 fours
1931 - Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat "American Clipper"
1932 - German government of von Papen resigns
1933 - United States recognizes Soviet Union, opens trade
1933 - Marx brothers film "Duck Soup" directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US
1936 - Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio
1937 - Britain's Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement
Cricket Legend Donald Bradman 1938 - Italy passes its own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws
1939 - German U-boat torpedoes passenger ship
1939 - Jerome Kern/Hammerstein II's "Very Warm for May" premieres in NYC
1939 - The Rome-Rio de Janeiro air connection is created.
1940 - Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
1941 - Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
1944 - -Nov 19] Nazi raids in Dutch NE Polder
1945 - "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 12 perfs
1945 - New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of RAF
1947 - The U.S. Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath.
1948 - Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
1951 - Britain reports development of the world's first nuclear-powered heating system
1953 - St Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
1953 - The remaining human inhabitants of the Blasket Islands, Kerry, Ireland are evacuated to the mainland.
1953 - The United States join the UN in condemning Israel's raid on Jordon on October 4, 1953
NFL Legend Jim Brown 1956 - Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)
1956 - USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
1957 - WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, WV (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1958 - KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
1959 - De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond
1959 - Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
1959 - William Shea shows proposed NYC stadium with transparent roof
1960 - New Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada
1962 - "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 perfs
1962 - President Kennedy dedicates Dulles Intl Airport outside Wash DC
1962 - Simon/Coleman/Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 257 performances
1962 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth 1963 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Mary Mills Miss Gulf Coast Golf Invitational
1964 - British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa
1965 - General Meeting of UN refuses admittance of China PR
1965 - William Eckert is unanimously elected commissioner of baseball
1965 - The NVA ambushes American troops of the 7th Cavalry at Landing Zone Albany in the la Drang Valley, almost wiping them out
1966 - Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour)
1967 - Beatles Ltd & Apple Music Ltd swap names
1967 - French author Régis Debray sentenced to 30 years in Bolivia
1967 - Surveyor 6 becomes 1st man-made object to lift off Moon
1967 - Davey Jones of the Monkees opens a boutique, Zilch I, in Greenwich Village, NY
1968 - John Kander/Fred Ebbs' musical "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 305 performances
1968 - KHNE TV channel 29 in Hastings, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies' Golf Invitational
1968 - "Heidi Game", NBC cuts to show "Heidi" and misses Raider's rally to beat Jets, 43-32
1968 - Alexandros Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate Greek dictator George Papadopoulos.
1969 - SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
1970 - British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on page 3 (Stephanie Rahn)
1970 - Russia lands Lunokhod 1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon
1970 - Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse.
1972 - Juan Peron returns to Argentina
1973 - Greek regime attacks students with tanks, 100s killed
1973 - Teri Garr plays role of a stripper on "The Nurse"
37th US President Richard Nixon 1973 - 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"
1974 - Bonnie Bryant wins Bill Branch LPGA Golf Classic
1974 - Union of Banana Exporting Countries (UPEB) forms
1974 - Aliança Operário-Camponesa (Worker-Peasant Alliance) founded in Portugal as a front of PCP(m-l).
1976 - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
1977 - Bernard Pomerance's "Elephant Man" premieres in London
1977 - Egyptian Pres Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit Israel
1977 - Miss World Contest - Miss UK wears $9,500 platinum bikini
1979 - Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX
1979 - Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages
1979 - NY Stars (WBL) home opener at Madison Square Garden in NYC
Musician and Beatle John Lennon 1980 - John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK
1980 - WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station
1981 - "1st" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
1981 - NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws
1982 - Dale Murphy wins NL MVP
1983 - "La Tragedie de Carmen" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 187 perfs
1983 - Harm Wiersma retains checkers world championship
1983 - Phila Flyers win 13th straight NHL game
1984 - Golden State Warrior scores 59 points losing to NJ Nets 124-110
1984 - Islanders score 20 assists against Rangers
1985 - Howard Stern begins broadcasting on 92.3 WXRK FM New York, N.Y.
1985 - NY Jets best offensive production beating Tampa Bay 62-28
1985 - NBC's premiere of controversial TV thriller "Hostage Flight"
1985 - 35th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins
1986 - "Oh Coward!" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 56 performances
1987 - George Bell is 1st Blue Jay ever to win the AL MVP
Pop Star Madonna 1987 - The Madonna compilation album "You Can Dance" is released
1988 - Linda Petursdottir of Iceland, 18, crowned 38th Miss World
1988 - Neil Simon's "Rumors" premieres in NYC
1989 - Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year KC Royal contract
1989 - Student demonstration in Prague put down by riot police, leading to an uprising (the Velvet Revolution) that will topple the communist government on Dec. 29
1990 - David Crosby breaks his left leg, ankle and shoulder in a motorcycle accident in Los Angles, CA
1991 - "Brigadoon" closes at New York State Theater NYC after 12 performances
1991 - 1st TV condom ad aired (FOX- TV)
1991 - Detroit Lion Mike Utley is paralized in a game vs LA Rams
1991 - 41st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins
Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon 1992 - "Gypsy Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 55 performances
1992 - Blue Jay Nigel Wilson is 1st pick of Marlins in expansion draft
1992 - Dateline NBC airs a demonstration show General Motors trucks, blowing up on impact, later revealed NBC rigged test
1992 - Erling Kagge begins successful exploration at South pole
1993 - "Grand Night For Singing" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 perfs
1993 - Antonov AN-124 flies in South Iran against mountain: 17 killed
1993 - US House of Representatives approve Nafta
1993 - Gen. Sani Abacha leads a military coup in Nigeria that overthrows the government of Ernest Shonekan
1994 - "Sunset Boulevard" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 977 performances
1994 - 3rd Germany government of Kohl forms
1994 - Irish government of Reynolds resigns
1996 - "Present Laughter" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
1996 - Sam's Town Bowling Invitational
1996 - Time White and T. Assebework discover the first fossils of 2.5 million year old Australopithecus garhi, an ancestor on the human family tree, in Bouri, Middle Awash, Ethiopia
NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux 1997 - Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame
1997 - In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut, known as Luxor massacre (The police then kill the assailants).
1998 - Tori Amos release a compilation of her videos, "Tori Amos: The Complete Collection: 1992-1998"
1998 - Whitney Houston releases "My Love is Your Love"
1998 - Mariah Carey releases "#1's"
2000 - A catastrophic landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills 7, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.
2000 - Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru.
2001 - 66th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-7 in Auburn
2002 - 54th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
Pop Star Britney Spears 2003 - Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2004 - Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.
2005 - Italy's choice of national anthem, Il Canto degli Italiani, becomes official in law for the first time, almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth of the republic.
2006 - Official naming of element 111, Roentgenium (Rg).
2008 - "Twilight", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison, premieres in Los Angeles
2008 - Japan, the world's second-biggest economy, slides into its first recession in seven years
Actress Kristen Stewart 2012 - 50 schoolchildren and a bus driver are killed after a train collides with a school bus in Manfalut, Egypt
2013 - 102nd Davis Cup: Czech Republic beats Serbia in Belgrade (3-2)
2013 - Sebastian Vettel wins a record breaking eighth consecutive Formula One race in the 2013 United States Grand Prix
2013 - 50 people are killed after a Boeing 737 aircraft crashes in Kazan, Russia
2013 - Abdulla Yameen becomes the President of the Maldives
2013 - Giorgi Margvelashvili becomes the President of Georgia
2013 - Jimmie Johnson wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the sixth time
2014 - The Church of England adopts legislation enabling the appointment of female bishops
2015 - Actor Charlie Sheen confirms that he is HIV-positive
2015 - Ireland's 1st same-sex wedding takes place - Cormac Gollogly and Richard Dowling marry in Clonmel, County Tipperary
2015 - Suicide bomber kills more than 30 in a market in Yola, north-eastern Nigeria, with Boko Haram blamed
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