17th November, on this day

284 Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers.
473 The future Zeno I is named associate emperor by Emperor Leo I.
1183 Battle of Mizushima
1278 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins
1292 John Balliol becomes King of Scotland
1307 Swiss revolutionary leader William Tell is reputed to have shot the apple off his son's head with a crossbow
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
1659 Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain.
1734 John Zenger, arrested for libel against NY col gov; later acquitted
1796 Battle of Arcole : Napoleon I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy
1800 The United States Congress holds its first session in Washington, D.C.
1811 José Miguel Carrera, Chilean founding father, is sworn in as President of the executive Junta of the government of Chile.
1812 Napoleonic Wars : Battle of Krasnoi
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)
1855 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe.
1856 American 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 Purchase
1857 British troops relieve the beseiged town of Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny
1858 Modified Julian Day zero
1862 Confederate Secretary of War George B Randolph resigns
1863 Siege of Knoxville begins : Confederate forces led by General James Longstreet place Knoxville, Tennessee under siege.
1866 The opera "Mignon" is produced (Paris)
1869 Suez Canal opens with an elaborate ceremony
1876 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's patriotic Slavonic March made its premiere in Moscow to a warm reception by the Russian people.
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").
1903 Dahomey (Benin) becomes a French protectorate.
1905 The Eulsa Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea.
1913 1st US dental hygienists course established, Bridgeport, Ct
1919 King George V of the United Kingdom proclaims Armistice Day (later Remembrance Day). The idea was first suggested by Edward George Honey
1922 Former Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI goes into exile in Italy.
1933 United States recognizes Soviet Union.
1934 Lyndon B Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor
1937 Britain's 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
1942 Operation 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 of RAF
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
1950 Tenzin 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 diamond
1962 President Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport outside Wash DC
1964 Britain says it is banning all arms exports to South Africa
1966 Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour)
1967 Beatles Ltd and Apple Music Ltd swap names
1967 Surveyor 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."
1968 Alexandros Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate Greek dictator George Papadopoulos
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 both sides.
1970 Lieutenant William Calley goes on trial for the My Lai massacre.
1970 Stephanie Rahn gets her picture in a British newspaper - the Sun's first Page 3 girl
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 Israel
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.
1988 Franz 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
1988 Benazir Bhutto is elected Prime Minister of Pakistan - the first woman leader of a Muslim state
1989 Velvet 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 29).
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.
2000 Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru.
2003 Arnold 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 (Rg).

November 17th 2005

Iraq plays down claims of abuse

Austria holds 'Holocaust denier'

New Orleans mould 'risks health'

November 17th 2006

Dutch government backs burqa ban

New drive against cluster bombs

Kenya dam 'on brink of bursting'

November 17th 2007

Bangladesh toll more than 1,500

UN on warming

Dolly scientist stops cloning

Afghan bombing

November 17th 2008

Citigroup job cull to hit 75,000

Pirates capture Saudi oil tanker

Russia and Georgia in drone row

November 17th 2009

Prague marks Velvet Revolution

Five 'sentenced to death in Iran'

Somali pirates free Spanish boat

November 17th 2010

Germany warns of planned attacks

Madagascar officers in coup claim

Guinea calls state of emergency

November 17th 2011

Birthdates which 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 Dynamique)
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 Christ)
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 '75)
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, 72)
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 71
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 at 33

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