On This Day

What Happened on November 17

Historical Events

  • 1558 Elizabeth I aged 25, ascends the 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 a British warship
  • 1970 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse
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Nov 17 in Film & TV

  • 1933 Marx brothers film "Duck Soup" directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US

Nov 17 in Music

  • 2003 Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Nov 17 in Sport

  • 2013 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins record 8th consecutive Formula 1 race with victory in United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas

Did You Know?

U.S. Congress meets for the first time in the newly built Capitol in Washington, D.C., which had been established by The Residence Act of July 16, 1790

On November 17, 1800

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

Famous Weddings

  • 1749 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (28) weds first wife Elizabeth Hartwell in Massachusetts
  • 1913 Film comedian Oliver Hardy (21) marries pianist Madelyn Saloshin in Macon, Georgia; divorce in 1921
  • 1934 Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor

Famous Divorces

  • 1995 Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (47) divorces Laura Cwikowski after nearly 8 years of marriage

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