What Happened on November 17

Significant Events

  • 1558 Elizabeth I aged 25 ascends 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 British warship
  • 1970 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse
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Did You Know?

Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg

On November 17, 1888

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
  • 1934 Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor
  • 1950 Writer Jack Kerouac (28) weds Joan Haverty
  • 1978 Gerald Lascelles, British aristocrat and son of Princess Mary weds 2nd wife Elizabeth Collingwood in Vienna
  • 2003 Singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Famous Divorces

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