November, on this day
is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers.
473 The future Zeno
I is named associate emperor by Emperor Leo
1278 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting
Balliol becomes King of Scotland
1307 Swiss revolutionary leader William
Tell is reputed to have shot the apple off his son's head with
1511 Spain and England ally against France.
1558 Elizabethan era begins: Queen Mary I of England dies and is succeeded
by her half-sister Elizabeth I of England.
1603 English explorer, writer and courtier Sir
Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason
of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain.
Zenger, arrested for libel against NY col gov; later acquitted
of Arcole : Napoleon I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy
1800 The United
States Congress holds its first session in Washington, D.C.
Miguel Carrera, Chilean founding father, is sworn in as President
of the executive Junta of the government of Chile.
1812 Napoleonic Wars : Battle
1820 Captain Nathaniel
Palmer becomes the first American to see Antarctica (the Palmer
Peninsula was later named after him).
1831 Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.
1842 Fugitive slave George Latimer, captured in Boston
1842 The opera "Linda
di Chamounix" is produced (London)
Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria
Falls in what is now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe.
Old West : 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
1857 British troops relieve the beseiged town of Lucknow during the
1858 Modified Julian
1862 Confederate Secretary of War George B Randolph resigns
of Knoxville begins : Confederate forces led by General James
Longstreet place Knoxville, Tennessee under siege.
1866 The opera "Mignon"
is produced (Paris)
Canal opens with an elaborate ceremony
Ilyich Tchaikovsky's patriotic Slavonic
March made its premiere in Moscow to a warm reception by the Russian
1878 First assassination attempt against Umberto
I of Italy.
1882 The Royal Astronomer witnesses an unidentified flying object
from the Greenwich Observatory. He describes it as a circular object,
glowing bright green
1903 The Russian
Social Democratic Labor Party splits into two groups; the Bolsheviks
(Russian for "majority") and Mensheviks
(Russian for "minority").
(Benin) becomes a French protectorate.
1905 The Eulsa
Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea.
1913 1st US dental hygienists course established, Bridgeport, Ct
George V of the United Kingdom proclaims Armistice
Day (later Remembrance
Day). The idea was first suggested by Edward
1922 Former Ottoman sultan Mehmed
VI goes into exile in Italy.
1933 United States recognizes Soviet Union.
B Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor
Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement
1938 Italy passes their own version of the anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws
1939 Nine Czech students are executed as a response to anti-Nazi demonstrations
prompted by the death of Jan
Opletal; in addition, Czech universities are shut down and over
a thousand Czech students sent to concentration camps.
1939 The Rome-Rio de Janeiro air connection is created
Uranus : Russia launches winter offensive against Germans along
the Don front
1945 New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson
1947 The U.S. Screen
Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath
1948 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalise the steel industry
Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was enthroned as Tibet's head of
state at the age of fifteen.
1953 The remaining human inhabitants of the Blasket
Islands, Kerry, Ireland are evacuated to the mainland.
1954 General Abdel
Nasser becomes the Egyptian leader
1955 Anglesey, North Wales, becomes the first local authority in Britian
to introduce flouride into its water supply
1959 De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic
1962 President Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport outside
1964 Britain says it is banning all arms exports to South Africa
Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour)
1967 Beatles Ltd and Apple
Music Ltd swap names
6 becomes 1st man-made object to lift off the Moon
1967 Acting on optimistic reports he was given on November 13, US
President Lyndon B. Johnson tells his nation that, while much remained
to be done, "We are inflicting greater losses than we're taking...We
are making progress."
Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate
Greek dictator George
1969 Negotiators from the Soviet Union and the United States meet
in Helsinki to begin SALT
I negotiations aimed at limiting the number of strategic weapons on
1970 Lieutenant William
Calley goes on trial for the My
1970 Stephanie Rahn gets her picture in a British newspaper - the
Sun's first Page
1970 Russia lands Lunokhod
1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon
1972 Former dictator Juan
Peron returns to Argentina after 17 years in exile
1973 President Nixon told AP "...people have got to know whether
or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook"
1973 The Athens
Polytechnic Uprising against the military regime ends in a bloodshed
in the Greek capital.
1977 Egyptian President Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit
1977 Miss World Contest - Miss UK wears $9,500 platinum bikini
1980 John Lennon releases "Double
Fantasy" album in UK
1983 The Zapatista
Army of National Liberation is founded.
Kafka's manuscript of his classic novel, The Trial (1925), sells
at Sotheby's in london for £1 million - a world record for a
modern literary text. Kafka had died in poverty in 1924
Benazir Bhutto is elected Prime Minister of Pakistan - the first
woman leader of a Muslim state
Revolution begins : In Czechoslovakia, a student demonstration
in Prague is quelled by riot police. This sparks an uprising aimed
at overthrowing the communist government (it succeeds on December
1997 Six Britons, including three from one family, are among 61 tourists
killed when they are attacked
by Muslim terrorists in the Valley of the Queens at Luxor in Egypt
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.
Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru.
Schwarzenegger is inaugurated as Governor of California.
2005 Italy's choice of national anthem, Il
Canto degli Italiani, becomes official in law for the first time,
almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth
of the republic.
2006 Official naming of element 111, Roentgenium
occurred on November 17th:
1503 Il Bronzino
Florentine painter (Eleanor de Toledo & her Son)
1587 Joost van den Vondel Cologne Germany, Dutch poet/dramatist (Jephtha)
1717 Jean d'Alembert Fr, mathematician/philosopher (Trait‚ de
1755 Louis XVIII 1st post-revolutionary king of France (1814-24)
1790 August Ferdinand Mobius mathematician, inventor (Mobius strip)
1799 Titian Ramsey Peale US, artist/naturalist (American Ornithology)
1878 Grace Abbott Grand Island NB, social worker (US Children Bureau)
1887 Bernard L Montgomery British general (WW II-African campaign)
1890 Jack Cusack pro football pioneer (Canton Bulldogs)
1897 Sara Haden Galveston TX, actress (A Family Affair)
19-- Alfie Wise Altoona PA, actor (Trauma Center)
19-- Bert Rosario PR, actor (Manuel-AKA Pablo, Sword of Justice)
19-- Frank Maxwell Bronx NY, actor (Our Man Higgins, Felony Squad)
1900 Marcel Dalio Paris, actor (Casablanca)
1901 Lee Strasberg director/instructs actors (Somewhere in the Night)
1904 Isamu Noguchi sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal)
1905 Mischa Auer St Petersburg Russia, actor (My Man Godfrey)
1914 Archie Campbell Bullsgap TN, comedian (Hee Haw)
1917 Jack Lescoulie Sacramento CA, TV host (Jackie Gleason Show)
1919 Hershy Kay Philadelphia PA, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn)
1925 Rock Hudson Winnetka IL, actor (Pillow Talk, A Farewell to Arms)
1925 Sir Charles Mackerras Schenectady NY, Australian conductor
1929 Edgar White US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1952)
1929 Sumner White US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1952)
1930 Bob Mathias Tulare CA, decathalete (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
1930 David Amram Philadelphia PA, composer (Splendor in the Grass)
1935 Anton Sailer Austria, skier (Olympic-3 golds-1956)
1937 Peter Cook Torquay England, actor/comedian (Bedazzled)
1938 Gordon Lightfoot Ontario Canada, folksinger (Sundown)
1938 Peter Snell NZ, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1960, 64)
1942 Martin Scorsese Queens, dir (Mean Streets, Last Temptation of
1943 Lauren Hutton Charleston SC, model (American Gigolo, Lassiter)
1944 Danny De Vito Neptune NJ, actor (Taxi, Ruthless People, Twins)
1944 Tom Seaver pitcher (NY Met, 300 game winner, Cy Young '69 '73
1945 Elvin Hayes NBA star (San Diego, Houston, Baltimore)
1948 Jaime Huelamo Spain, cyclist (Olympic-bronze-1972) drug disqualified
1950 Roland Matthes German DR, 100m/200m backstroke (Oly-gold-1968,
1951 Dean Paul Martin Santa Monica CA, actor (Billy-Misfits of Science)
1952 Roman Codreanu Romania, wrestler (Olympic-1980)
1955 Bill McCreary Ontario, NHL referee
1955 Peter Cox rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)
1958 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Oak Park IL, actress (Color of Money)
1959 William R Moses Los Angeles CA, actor (Cole-Falcon Crest)
1960 Jonathan Ross British talk show host
1961 Merete Van Kemp Denmark, actress (Grace-Dallas, Princess Daisy)
1962 Eric Olson Santa Monica CA, actress (Apple's Way)
1962 Traci Lords fictious birth date to do porn movies (actual 5/7/68)
1963 Pedro Luis Estrada Brooklyn NY, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
1964 Daisy Fuentes Havana Cuba, VJ (MTV International)
1964 Marina Tcherkasova US, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980)
1966 Sophie Marceau Paris France, actress (La Boum, L'Amour Braque)
1967 Ronald DaVoe rocker (New Edition-Heart Break)
1974 Brandon Call actor (Baywatch, Blind Fury, Step by Step)
1980 Clarke Isaac Hanson Tulsa OK, guitarist-Hanson (MMMBop)
Deaths which occurred on November 17th:
1917 Auguste Rodin sculptor, dies in Meudon, France
1962 Arthur Vining Davis CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 92 in Miami
1971 Gladys Cooper actress (Margaret-The Rogues), dies at 83
1978 Claude Dauphin actor (Paris Precinct), dies at 75
1979 John Grascock of Jethro Tull, dies at 27 following heart surgery
1981 Bob Eberly singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
1982 Bill Baldwin announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 69
1982 Duk Koo Kim S Korean boxer was legally declared dead
1982 Ruth Donnelly comedienne, dies at 86 in NYC
1985 Jimmy Ritz of Ritz brothers, dies of heart failure at 81
1986 Alan Hewitt actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), dies at
1987 Irene Wicker singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
1988 Sheilah Graham gossip columnist, dies of heart failure at 84
1991 Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance (Jerry Van Dyke's daughter) suicides