On This Day: November 17th

This is 321st day of the year and 44 days remain in the year.

in history
1558
Queen Elizabeth I of England ascended to the throne upon the death of her half-sister Queen Mary.
1800
Congress met in Washington, DC, for the first time.
1869
The Suez Canal opened in Egypt.
1917
Sculptor Auguste Rodin died in Meudon, France.
1968
Night of the "Heidi bowl:" NBC switched from football to movie of Heidi. In the missing 42 seconds, the lagging Raiders scored two touchdowns, defeating the Jets.
1973
President Nixon said "I am not a crook."
1989
The beginning of the "Velvet Revolution," which led to the downfall of communism in Czechoslovakia.
2003
Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California.
November 17 Birthdays
Augustus Mobius1790–1868, German Mathematician and Astronomer
Lorne MichaelsTV producer
Rock Hudsonactor
Isamu Noguchisculptor
Danny De Vitoactor, director, producer
Lee Strasbergstage director
Martin Scorsesefilm director;
Louis XVIIIking of France
Eugene Paul Wignerphysicist



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Note: Dates in the Islamic calendar are provided for planning purposes only, and calculated with the hdate Islamic calendar program for moonrise in Boston, Masschusetts. Depending on your location and other factors, this result may differ from actual religious observances by one day. Please consult your local religious authority for any religious determinations of hejiric date.