On This Day

What Happened on November 17, 2008

Historical Events

Film Premier

"Twilight", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Japan, the world's second-biggest economy, slides into its first recession in seven years

Famous Weddings

  • Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City

Famous Deaths

  • George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), dies of cancer at 74
  • Pete Newell, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of San Francisco, Michigan State Uni; NCAA men's C'ship 1959, Cal Berkeley; Olympic gold 1960), dies at 93
2008 Highlights

About November 17, 2008

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 12 years, 11 months and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Scorpio