Events in History on November 17

  • 473 The future Zeno I is named associate emperor by Emperor Leo I
  • 1183 Battle of Mizushima: Japanese Taira clan defeat the Minamoto
  • 1278 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins
  • 1292 (O.S.) John Balliol becomes King of Scots

Historic Event

1491 Anne of Brittany becomes engaged to King Charles VIII of France

  • 1511 England, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire sign anti-French covenant The Treaty of Westminster
  • 1555 William of Orange becomes member of Council of State

Historic Event

1558 Elizabeth I aged 25, ascends the English throne upon death of her half sister, Queen "Bloody" Mary

  • 1558 The independence of the Church of England is re-established upon ascension of Elizabeth I to the throne

Historic Event

1603 English explorer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason

  • 1636 Brazilian general Henrique Dias wins a decisive battle against the Dutch in Brazil
  • 1659 Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain
  • 1734 Printer John Zenger, arrested for libel against NY colonial governor William Cosby; later acquitted
  • 1774 First City Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry formed at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia, one of the oldest US military units still in service
  • 1785 Church of England organizes in New England

Victory in Battle

1796 Battle of Arcole ends in Venice: French forces, under Brigadier General Napoleon Bonaparte defeat an Austrian force led by József Alvinczi after a 3 day battle

  • 1798 Beginning of a 5 day New England Blizzard that covers thousands of houses and kills hundreds
  • 1800 Congress holds its 1st session in Washington, D.C. in an incomplete Capitol Building
  • 1800 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
  • 1812 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow
  • 1827 The Delta Phi fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York
  • 1831 Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Greater Colombia
  • 1842 Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
  • 1853 Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections

Historic Event

1855 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • 1856 On the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, the United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan in order to help control new land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.
  • 1858 Origin of Modified Julian Period
  • 1862 Confederate Secretary of War George B. Randolph resigns

Historic Event

1862 Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign

  • 1863 -Dec 4th) Battle of Knoxville, Tennessee

Historic Event

1863 Abraham Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address

  • 1869 Suez Canal in Egypt opens, linking Mediterranean and Red seas
  • 1873 Rival cities of Buda & Pest unite to form the capital of Hungary
  • 1874 Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1875 American Theosophical Society founded by Mme Blavatsky & Colonel Olcott
  • 1877 Russia launches a surprise night attack that overruns Turkish forces at Kars, Armenia
  • 1878 First assassination attempt against King Umberto I of Italy
  • 1885 The Serbian Army, with Russian support, invades Bulgaria
  • 1889 Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland & San Francisco
  • 1894 Daily Racing Form founded

Historic Event

1894 Serial killer H. H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons

  • 1903 Dahomey (Benin) becomes a French protectorate
  • 1903 In the Treaty of Petropolis, Bolivia cedes the territory of Arce to Brazil; Bolivia gains rail and water outlets in the east
  • 1905 The Eulsa Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea
  • 1913 1st US dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1913 The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans
  • 1914 US declares Panama Canal Zone neutral

Historic Event

1917 Vladimir Lenin defends "temporary" removal of freedom of the press

  • 1918 German troops evacuate Brussels
  • 1918 Social Democratic Party becomes Communistc Party Holland: CPH

End of the Ottoman Empire

1922 The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI, is expelled to Malta on a British warship

  • 1927 Tornado hits Washington, D.C.
  • 1928 Boston Garden officially opens
  • 1928 Notre Dame finally loses a football game at home after 23 years

Historic Event

1929 Nikolai Bukharin is expelled from the Soviet Politburo amidst a power struggle with Joseph Stalin

  • 1929 Pascual Ortiz Rubio elected president of Mexico

Historic Event

1931 Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat "American Clipper"

  • 1932 German government of von Papen resigns
  • 1933 United States recognizes Soviet Union, opens trade
  • 1936 Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio
  • 1937 Britain's Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement
  • 1938 Italy passes its own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws
  • 1939 German U-boat torpedoes passenger ship
  • 1939 The Rome-Rio de Janeiro air connection created
  • 1945 New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of RAF
  • 1948 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
  • 1951 Britain reports development of the world's first nuclear-powered heating system
  • 1953 The remaining human inhabitants of the Blasket Islands, Kerry, Ireland are evacuated to the mainland
  • 1953 United States joins the United Nations in condemning Israel's raid on Jordan on October 4, 1953
  • 1956 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • 1959 De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond
  • 1959 William Shea shows proposed NYC stadium with transparent roof

Historic Event

1962 US President JFK dedicates Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.

  • 1962 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1964 British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa
  • 1965 General Meeting of UN refuses admittance of People's Republic of China
  • 1965 The NVA ambushes American troops of the 7th Cavalry at Landing Zone Albany in the la Drang Valley, almost wiping them out
  • 1966 Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour)
  • 1967 French author Régis Debray sentenced to 30 years in Bolivia
  • 1967 Surveyor 6 becomes 1st man-made object to lift off Moon
  • 1968 Alexandros Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate Greek dictator George Papadopoulos
  • 1969 SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
  • 1970 British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on page 3 (Stephanie Rahn)

Historic Invention

1970 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse

  • 1970 Russia lands Lunokhod 1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon
  • 1973 Greek regime attacks students with tanks, 100s killed

Historic Event

1973 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"

  • 1974 Aliança Operário-Camponesa (Worker-Peasant Alliance) founded in Portugal as a front of PCP(m-l).
  • 1974 Union of Banana Exporting Countries (UPEB) forms
  • 1976 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

Historic Event

1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit Israel

Historic Event

1979 Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages

  • 1979 NY Stars (WBL) home opener at Madison Square Garden in NYC
  • 1982 Dale Murphy wins NL MVP
  • 1983 Harm Wiersma retains checkers world championship
  • 1985 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on 92.3 WXRK FM New York, N.Y.
  • 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 American singer David Crosby breaks his left leg, ankle and shoulder in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, California
  • 1992 Erling Kagge begins successful exploration at South pole
  • 1993 Antonov AN-124 flies in South Iran against mountain: 17 killed

Coup d'état

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

  • 1993 US House of Representatives approve Nafta
  • 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.

Historic Event

2000 Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as President of Peru

  • 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 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 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 Protests across France against rising fuel prices leave 400 injured

Historic Event

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

  • 2021 British Columbia declares a state of emergency after an "atmospheric river" storm causes widespread rain and flooding [1]
  • 2021 Delhi authorities order schools shut till further notice and construction halted as Supreme Court calls for a "pollution lockdown" as city battles winter smog
  • 2021 Record number of Americans, over 100,000, died of drug overdoses April 2020 - April 2021 according to the CDC [1]
  • 2021 US capitol rioter QAnon Shaman [Jacob Chansley] sentenced to three years in prison by a federal court [1]
  • 2021 US National Book Award given to Jason Mott (fiction), Tiya Miles (nonfiction) and Martín Espada (poetry)

Historic Event

2022 Nancy Pelosi, the first female speaker of the US House of Represetnatives and one of its most influential in recent times, announces she will step down [1]