November 17, 2023 at 8:53 a.m.
Today In History

Today In History – November 17

November 17 is the 321st day of the year


There are many events that happened on this date in history. Here are just a few of them!

November 17 is the 321st day of the year (322nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 44 days remain until the end of the year.

EVENTS

1494 – French King Charles VIII occupies Florence, Italy.

1511 – Henry VIII of England concludes the Treaty of Westminster, a pledge of mutual aid against the French, with Ferdinand II of Aragon.

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.

1777 – Articles of Confederation (United States) are submitted to the states for ratification.

1800 – The United States Congress holds its first session in Washington, D.C.

1820 – Captain Nathaniel Palmer becomes the first American to see Antarctica. (The Palmer Peninsula is later named after him.)

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.

1858 – The city of Denver, Colorado is founded.

1863 – American Civil War: Siege of Knoxville begins: Confederate forces led by General James Longstreet place Knoxville, Tennessee, under siege.

1869 – In Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is inaugurated.

1894 – H. H. Holmes, one of the first modern serial killers, is arrested in Boston, Massachusetts.

1947 – The Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath.

1947 – American scientists John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain observe the basic principles of the transistor, a key element for the electronics revolution of the 20th century.

1962 – President John F. Kennedy dedicates Washington Dulles International Airport, serving the Washington, D.C., region.

1968 – Viewers of the Raiders–Jets football game in the eastern United States are denied the opportunity to watch its exciting finish when NBC broadcasts Heidi instead, prompting changes to sports broadcasting in the U.S.

1973 – Watergate scandal: In Orlando, Florida, U.S. President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press managing editors "I am not a crook."

1993 – United States House of Representatives passes a resolution to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement.

2003 – Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tenure as the governor of California began.

2019 – The first known case of COVID-19 is traced to a 55-year-old man who had visited a market in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

BIRTHS

1602 – Agnes of Jesus, French Catholic nun (d. 1634)

1612 – Dorgon, Chinese prince and regent (d. 1650)

1755 – Louis XVIII, king of France (d. 1824)

1877 – Frank Calder, English-Canadian journalist and businessman (d. 1943)

1878 – Grace Abbott, American social worker (d. 1939)

1901 – Lee Strasberg, Ukrainian-American actor and director (d. 1982)

1922 – Stanley Cohen, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2020)

1925 – Rock Hudson, American actor (d. 1985)

1928 – Rance Howard, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2017)

1930 – Bob Mathias, American decathlete, actor, and politician (d. 2006)

1938 – Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2023)

1942 – Martin Scorsese, American director, producer, screenwriter, and actor

1943 – Lauren Hutton, American model and actress

1944 – Danny DeVito, American actor, director, and producer

1944 – Lorne Michaels, Canadian-American screenwriter and producer, created Saturday Night Live

1944 – Tom Seaver, American baseball pitcher (d. 2020)

1949 – John Boehner, American businessman and politician, 53rd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

1958 – Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, American actress and singer

1959 – William R. Moses, American actor and producer

1960 – RuPaul, American drag queen performer, actor, and singer

1978 – Rachel McAdams, Canadian actress

DEATHS

1558 – Mary I of England (b. 1516)

1776 – James Ferguson, Scottish astronomer and instrument maker (b. 1710)

1780 – Bernardo Bellotto, Italian painter and illustrator (b. 1720)

1796 – Catherine the Great, of Russia (b. 1729)

1998 – Esther Rolle, American actress (b. 1920)

2021 – Young Dolph, American rapper (b. 1985)



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