On This Day

On This Day in History for November 17 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1989 Student demonstration in Prague put down by riot police, leading to an uprising (the Velvet Revolution) that will topple the communist government on Dec. 29
  • 1990 David Crosby breaks his left leg, ankle and shoulder in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, CA
  • 1991 1st TV condom ad aired (FOX- TV)
  • 1992 Erling Kagge begins successful exploration at South pole
  • 1993 Antonov AN-124 flies in South Iran against mountain: 17 killed
  • 1993 US House of Representatives approve Nafta

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1993 General Sani Abacha leads a military coup against Ernest Shonekan's transitional administration and returns the Nigerian government to military control

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • 1994 3rd Germany government of Kohl forms
  • 1994 Irish government of Reynolds resigns
  • 1996 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
  • 1997 In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut, known as Luxor massacre (The police then kill the assailants).
  • 2000 A catastrophic landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills 7, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.

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2000 Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as President of Peru

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • 2004 Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.
  • 2006 Official naming of element 111, Roentgenium (Rg).
  • 2008 Japan, the world's second-biggest economy, slides into its first recession in seven years
  • 2012 50 schoolchildren and a bus driver are killed after a train collides with a school bus in Manfalut, Egypt
  • 2013 50 people are killed after a Boeing 737 aircraft crashes in Kazan, Russia
  • 2013 Abdulla Yameen becomes the President of the Maldives
  • 2013 Giorgi Margvelashvili becomes the President of Georgia
  • 2014 The Church of England adopts legislation enabling the appointment of female bishops
  • 2015 Ireland's 1st same-sex wedding takes place - Cormac Gollogly and Richard Dowling marry in Clonmel, County Tipperary
  • 2015 Suicide bomber kills more than 30 in a market in Yola, north-eastern Nigeria, with Boko Haram blamed
  • 2016 Smaller pyramid find within 2 known Kukulkan "nesting" pyramids announced at Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico, dating to 550-80 AD
  • 2018 Missing Argentine naval submarine ARA San Juan with 44 on board found on sea floor a year after it disappeared off coast of Argentina
  • 2018 Ireland beats Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand, 16-9 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin; first victory over the All Blacks ever on home soil; flyhalf Johnny Sexton kicks 3 penalties and a conversion
  • 2018 Protests across France against rising fuel prices leave 400 injured

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2019 Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei labels protesters "thugs" after unrest over higher gasoline prices brought Tehran to a standstill day before

2nd Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
Ali Hosseini Khamenei

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