On This Day

What Happened on November 17, 1996

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • "Present Laughter" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • Andrew John Fairclough, trade union educator, dies at 45
  • Johan Fleming Ramsland, broadcaster, dies at 54