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Events and People Who Made History on November 17

13th Century

1278 - 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins

16th Century

1511 - England and Spain sign anti-French covenant
1555 - William of Orange becomes member of Council of State
1558 - Elizabeth I ascends English throne upon death of Queen Mary

18th Century

1734 - John Zenger, arrested for libel against New York col gov; later acquitted
1785 - Church of England organizes in New England
1796 - Battle of Arcole-Napolean I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy

19th Century

1800 - Congress held 1st session in Washington D.C. in incompleted Capitol building
1800 - John Adams is 1st President to move into the White House
1839 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di," premieres in Milan
1842 - Fugitive slave George Latimer, captured in Boston
1842 - Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
1853 - Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections
1858 - Origin of Modified Julian Period
1862 - Confederate Secretary of War George B. Randolph resigns
1863 - Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address
1866 - Opera "Mignon" is produced (Paris)
1869 - Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race (13K Paris-Rouen)
1869 - Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean and Red seas
1874 - Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire and sinks off Auckland, New Zealand
1875 - Amer Theosophical Society founded by Mme Blavatsky and Col Olcott
1877 - Gilbert/Sullivans operette "Sorcerer," premieres in London
1884 - Cops arrest John L Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel"
1888 - St. Tsjaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in Petersburg
1889 - Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland and SF
1894 - Daily Racing Form founded

20th Century

1904 - George Cohans musical "Little Johnny Jones," premieres in New York City
1913 - 1st U.S. dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Ct
1913 - Panama Canal opens
1914 - U.S. declares Panama Canal Zone neutral
1917 - Lenin defended "temporary" removal of freedom of the press
1918 - Social Democratic Party becomes Communistc Party Holland: CPH
1922 - Turkish sultan Mehmed VI flees to Malta on British warship
1926 - NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St. Pats 4-1
1927 - Tornado hits Washington D.C.
1928 - Boston Garden officially opens
1928 - Notre Dame finally lost a football game after nearly 25 years
1929 - Pascual Ortiz Rubio elected president of Mexico
1929 - Stalin throws Nicolai Bucharin out of Politburo
1930 - Musical "Sweet and Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in New York City
1931 - Bradman scores 135 NSW vs. South Africa, 128 minutes, 15 fours
1932 - German government of von Papen, resigns
1933 - U.S. recognizes U.S.S.R., opens trade
1934 - Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor
1936 - Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio
1937 - Britains Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement
1938 - Italy passes their own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws
1939 - German U-boat torpedoes passenger ship
1939 - Jerome Kern/Hammerstein II's "Very Warm for May," premieres in New York City
1940 - Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
1941 - Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
1945 - "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 12 performances
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
1953 - St. Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
1956 - Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)
1956 - U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
1957 - WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, WV (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1958 - KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
1959 - De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond
1959 - Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
1959 - William Shea shows proposed New York City stadium with transparent roof
1960 - New Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada
1962 - "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 257 performances
1962 - "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden New York City after 9 performances
1962 - President Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport outside Washington D.C.
1962 - Simon/Coleman/Leigh's musical "Little Me," premieres in New York City
1962 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1963 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Mary Mills Miss Gulf Coast Golf Invitational
1964 - British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa
1965 - General Meeting of United Nations refuses admittance of China PR
1965 - William Eckert is unanimously elected commissioner of baseball
1966 - Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour)
1967 - Beatles Ltd and Apple Music Ltd swap names
1967 - French author Regis Debray sentenced to 30 years in Bolivia
1967 - Surveyor 6 becomes 1st man-made object to lift off Moon
1968 - John Kander/Fred Ebbs musical "Zorba," premieres in New York City
1968 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies' Golf Invitational
1968 - KHNE TV channel 29 in Hastings, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 - NBC cuts to show "Heidi," misses Raider's rally to beat Jets, 43-32
1968 - "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 305 performances
1969 - SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
1970 - British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on pg 3 (Stephanie Rahn)
1970 - Russia lands Lunokhod 1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon
1972 - Juan Peron returns to Argentina
1973 - Greek regime attacks students with tanks, 100s killed
1973 - President Nixon tells AP "...people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook"
1973 - Teri Garr plays role of a stripper on "The Nurse"
1974 - Bonnie Bryant wins Bill Branch LPGA Golf Classic
1974 - Union of Banana Exporting Countries (UPEB) forms
1976 - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1977 - Bernard Pomerance's "Elephant Man," premieres in London
1977 - Egyptian President Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit Israel
1977 - Miss World Contest - Miss U.K. wears $9,500 platinum bikini
1978 - Gerald Lascelles (under English princess Mary) weds Elizabeth Colvin
1979 - Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball
1979 - Khomeini frees most black and female U.S. hostages
1979 - New York Stars (WBL) home opener at MSG in New York City
1979 - On a flight to Austin, TX, Daniel Okrent sketches out the first
1980 - John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in the United Kingdom
1981 - "1st" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 37 performances
1981 - NBA New York Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws
1982 - Dale Murphy wins NL MVP
1983 - Harm Wiersma retains checkers world championship
1983 - "La Tragedie de Carmen" opens at Beaumont Theater New York City for 187 performances
1983 - Philadelphia Flyers win 13th straight NHL game
1984 - Golden State Warrior scores 59 points losing to New Jersey Nets 124-110
1984 - Islanders score 20 assists against Rangers
1985 - Howard Stern begins broadcasting on 92.3 WXRK FM in New York
1985 - New York Jets best offensive production beating Tampa Bay 62-28
1986 - "Oh Coward!" opens at Helen Hayes Theater New York City for 56 performances
1987 - George Bell is 1st Blue Jay ever to win the AL MVP
1988 - Linda Petursdottir of Iceland, 18, crowned 38th Miss World
1988 - Neil Simon's "Rumors," premieres in New York City
1989 - Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year Kansas City Royal contract
1991 - 1st TV condom ad aired (FOX- TV)
1991 - "Brigadoon" closes at New York State Theater New York City after 12 performances
1991 - Detroit Lion Mike Utley is paralized in a game vs Los Angeles Rams
1992 - Blue Jay Nigel Wilson is 1st pick of Marlins in expansion draft
1992 - Dateline NBC airs a demonstration show General Motors trucks, blowing up on impact, later revealed NBC rigged test
1992 - Erling Kagge begins successful exploration at South pole
1992 - "Gypsy Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 55 performances
1993 - Antonov AN-124 flies in South Iran against mountain: 17 killed
1993 - "Grand Night For Singing" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 52 performances
1993 - U.S. House of Representatives approve Nafta
1994 - 3rd Germany government of Kohl forms
1994 - Irish government of Reynolds resigns
1994 - "Sunset Boulevard" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 977 performances
1996 - "Present Laughter" opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City
1996 - Sam's Town Bowling Invitational
1997 - Islamist terrorists murder 60 tourists at Luxor in Egypt
1997 - Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame


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