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November 2017 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon resigns due to his behavior towards women, part of wider scandal of sexual harassment by UK politicians
  • Nov 1 Boiler explosion at a NTPC government-run coal-fired power plant in Rae Bareli, India, kills 29

Historic Event

Nov 2 On This Day and Xiaomi launch a content partnership to display today in history content in Xiaomi's calendar app to users in India

Historic Event

Nov 2 Jerome Powell nominated by US President Donald Trump to be next Chair of the Federal Reserve

  • Nov 3 Pakistani woman charged with poisoning 17 members of husband's family in attempt to escape forced marriage in Punjab Province
  • Nov 4 Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes and other ministers on corruption charges, including billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
  • Nov 4 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara opens in Jakarta with items from the collection of Indonesian tycoon Haryanto Adikoesoemo
  • Nov 4 Scottish champions Celtic sets new all-time British record (63) for matches undefeated in all domestic football competitions beating St. Johnstone, 4-0 at McDiarmid Park
  • Nov 5 Typhoon Damrey strikes Vietnam's south-central coast killing at least 27, leaving others missing
  • Nov 5 US President Donald Trump begins a 12-day trip to Asia in Toyko, Japan
  • Nov 5 Gunman shoots 26 dead and injures 20 at a church in Sunderland Springs, Texas
  • Nov 5 Paradise Papers are leaked; 13.4 million documents from offshore investment firm Appleby, mentioning Queen Elizabeth and Wilbur Ross US Secretary of Commerce
  • Nov 5 Bodies of 26 migrant teenage girls recovered from the Mediterranean, another 400 migrants rescued
  • Nov 7 Extreme smog in Delhi, India, leads Indian Medical Association to declare "a state of medical emergency"
  • Nov 7 US Democrats dominate off-year elections; Ralph Northam wins Governor of Virginia, Philip Murphy Governor of New Jersey
  • Nov 7 Danica Roem becomes the first US transgender person to be elected to a state legislature in the US in North Virginia
  • Nov 8 UK Minister Priti Patel resigns after secret meetings revealed with Israeli officials
  • Nov 8 Louvre Abu Dhabi is inaugurated, largest art museum on Arabian peninsula
  • Nov 8 In unprecedented move, Indian officials close all Delhi schools for rest of the week due to smog
  • Nov 9 Saudi Arabia's attorney general Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb says 201 more people have been held for questioning in anti-corruption drive
  • Nov 9 Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls in "Washington Post" report
  • Nov 10 Louis C.K. admits the stories of sexual misconduct about him are true

World Record

Nov 11 Largest Singles Day sales ever - Alibaba says its sales alone were $25.3 billion

  • Nov 11 Nationalist march in Warsaw, Poland, draws 60,000, to coincide with country's independence day
  • Nov 12 7.3 earthquake hits near Halabjal, Iraq, on border with Iran, killing over 500 people, with 7,000 injured

Historic Event

Nov 12 For the first time Prince Charles lays the wreath to Great Britain's war dead, replacing Queen Elizabeth

  • Nov 13 World's earliest wine-making uncovered from Khramis Didi Gora, Georgia, in clay pots from 6,000BC

Robert Mugabe Ousted

Nov 14 Zimbabwe Army seizes key sites in capital Harare following tensions over Robert Mugabe's dismissal of vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa

  • Nov 15 Australian postal vote on same-sex marriage revealed - 61% vote yes
  • Nov 15 Argentine submarine San Juan goes missing in the Atlantic after reporting mechanical failure

Coup d'état

Nov 15 The Zimbabwean Army detains Robert Mugabe and the first family and appoints sacked Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as interim president

  • Nov 15 Isabel Dos Santos, Africa's richest woman, fired as head of Angola state oil company Sonangol

World Record

Nov 15 Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Salvator Mundi" sells for $450.3 million at auction in New York, world record price for any artwork

  • Nov 15 Pakistan unveils remains of 1,700 year-old sleeping Buddha in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
  • Nov 16 19 countries pledge to phase out coal at UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany
  • Nov 16 Cambodian court rules to dissolve the country's main opposition party Cambodia National Rescue party (CNRP)
  • Nov 16 US senator Al Franken accused of groping and forcibly kissing a woman

Historic Event

Nov 19 Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe refuses to resign in a TV speech after being ousted as leader of ruling ZANU-PF party

  • Nov 19 Oumuamua first detected by scientists, 400 meters long and reddish, first known interstellar object in our solar system, thought to be of possible alien origin (since thought to be slice of small planet)
  • Nov 20 Investment corporation Tencent's market value hits $511 billion, - first Asian company to join the $500 billion club

Historic Event

Nov 20 German Chancellor Angela Merkel announces that coalition talks to form a government have collapsed

  • Nov 20 Atlanta's Georgia Dome, once the world's largest covered stadium, is destroyed in a controlled implosion
  • Nov 21 Robert Mugabe's resignation after 37 years in power is read out in Zimbabwe's parliaments during impeachment proceedings
  • Nov 21 Pixar animation head John Lasseter takes 6 month leave of absence amid sexual misconduct claims
  • Nov 21 Mt Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali begins erupting

Historic Event

Nov 22 Ratko Mladic the "Butcher of Bosnia" is convicted of genocide and other atrocities during the Bosnian war and jailed for life in The Hague

  • Nov 22 Uber admits hackers stole personal information affecting 57 million people worldwide and paid $100,00 to keep quiet
  • Nov 22 Vanellope Wilkins, born with her heart outside her body, is first UK baby to survive birth and operations to reinsert her heart

Murder of Interest

Nov 22 Californian man Craig Coley pardoned for a double murder after serving 39 years by Governor Jerry Brown. Longest prison term to be overturned in the state.

  • Nov 23 Papua New Guinea Police storm Manus Island refugee camp, forcibly removing asylum seekers
  • Nov 24 Militant gunmen attack a Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed on the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, killing 305 people, government retaliates bombing the area
  • Nov 24 Former First Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as President of Zimbabwe, replacing Robert Mugabe's 30-year tenure
  • Nov 24 18 women accuse Jean-Claude Arnault with ties to the Nobel Prize Committee of sexual assault and harassment in Swedish Dagens Nyheter newspaper
  • Nov 25 Longest known frozen embryo to be successfully born is delivered in Tennessee - Emma Wren Gibson, frozen 24 years ago
  • Nov 26 Factory explosion in Chinese port city Ningbo kills at least 2, injuries 30, flattens buildings
  • Nov 26 Presidential elections held in Honduras with allegations of electoral fraud and resulting violent protests
  • Nov 27 North Korean ghost ship washes up Akita prefecture beach, Japan with 8 skeletons on board, 4th boat in a month

Historic Event

Nov 27 Pope Francis begins a three-day trip to Myanmar, amid the Rohingya refugee crisis

  • Nov 27 Freight trains kills more than 100 reindeer over three days in Norway
  • Nov 27 Bangkok Fire and Rescue Department confirm it has had 31,801 call outs to deal with snakes this year
  • Nov 27 8 Donkeys freed from jail after 4 days in Orai, Uttar Pradesh, India for eating plants

Historic Event

Nov 28 Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in for a second term as president of Kenya

  • Nov 29 Bosnian war criminal Slobodan Praljak commits suicide by poison in court at The Hague after 20 year prison term read out
  • Nov 30 Def Jam founder Russell Simmons steps down from his companies after allegations of sexual misconduct
  • Nov 30 World's longest recorded rainbow - 8 hrs 58 min in Taipei's Yangmingshan mountain range

Deaths in History

  • Nov 1 Ray Robinson, American magazine editor and biographer (Lou Gehrig), dies of a stroke at 96
  • Nov 3 Abdur Rahman Biswas, President of Bangladesh, 1991-96, dies at 91
  • Nov 6 Richard F. Gordon, Jr., American naval officer and astronaut (Gemini 11; Apollo 12), dies at 88
  • Nov 9 Fred Cole, American rock artist (The Lollipop Shoppe, Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows), dies from cancer at 69
  • Nov 17 Salvatore Riina, Italian mobster and chief of the Sicilian Mafia, dies at
  • Nov 17 Azzedine Alaïa, Tunisian-born fashion designer, dies at 82
  • Nov 18 Mother Flawless Sabrina [Jack Doroshow], American LGBT activist and drag queen who was a pioneer for transgender people and drag queens, dies at 78

Charles Manson

Nov 19 Charles Manson, American criminal, murderer and cult leader (Manson Family), dies of natural causes at 83

  • Nov 23 Fred van der Spek, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PSP), dies at 93
  • Nov 29 Slobodan Praljak, Bosnian Croat general & war criminal, commits suicide at 72

Marina Popovich

Nov 30 Marina Popovich, Soviet Air Force colonel, engineer and test pilot (102 world records), dies at 86