This Day in History for 17th November

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 163

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 - (O.S.) John Balliol becomes King of Scots.
1511 - England, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire sign anti-French covenant The Treaty of Westminster
1555 - William of Orange becomes member of Council of State
1558 - Elizabeth I ascends English throne upon death of her half sister Mary "Bloody Mary", Queen of England (1553-58), aged 42
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
1785 - Church of England organizes in New England
Explorer Walter RaleighExplorer Walter Raleigh 1796 - Battle of Arcole-Napolean I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy
1798 - -21) Snow storms in New England, hundreds die
1800 - Congress held 1st session in Wash DC in incompleted Capitol building
1812 - Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow
1827 - The Delta Phi fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, was founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
1831 - Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.
1839 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan
Composer Giuseppe VerdiComposer Giuseppe Verdi 1842 - Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
1842 - Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
1853 - Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections
1855 - David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe.
1856 - 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 - Origin of Modified Julian Period
1862 - Confederate Sec of War George B Randolph resigns
1863 - -Dec 4th) Battle of Knoxville, TN
1863 - Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address
1866 - Opera "Mignon" is produced (Paris)
Physician and Explorer David LivingstonePhysician and Explorer David Livingstone 1869 - Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race (13K Paris-Rouen)
1869 - Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean & Red seas
1874 - Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, NZ
1875 - Amer Theosophical Society founded by Mme Blavatsky & Col Olcott
1876 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's patriotic Slavonic March made its premiere in Moscow to a warm reception by the Russian people.
1877 - Gilbert and Sullivan's operette "Sorcerer" premieres in London
1878 - First assassination attempt against Umberto I of Italy.
Composer Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyComposer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1884 - Cops arrest John L Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel"
1888 - Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg
1889 - Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland & SF
1894 - Daily Racing Form founded
1903 - Dahomey (Benin) becomes a French protectorate.
1903 - In the Treaty of Petropolis, Bolivia cedes the territory of Arce to Brazil; Bolivia gains rail and water outlets in the east
1904 - George Cohans musical "Little Johnny Jones," premieres in NYC
1905 - The Eulsa Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea.
1913 - 1st US dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Ct
1914 - US declares Panama Canal Zone neutral
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir LeninMarxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin 1917 - Lenin defends "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 DC
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
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin 1930 - Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC
1931 - Bradman scores 135 NSW v South Africa, 128 mins, 15 fours
1932 - German government of von Papen, resigns
1933 - United States recognizes Soviet Union, opens trade
1936 - Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio
1937 - Britain's Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement
1938 - Italy passes its 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 NYC
1939 - The Rome-Rio de Janeiro air connection is created.
1940 - Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
1941 - Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
1944 - -Nov 19] Nazi raids in Dutch NE Polder
1945 - "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 12 perfs
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 nationalize steel industry
1953 - St Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
1953 - The remaining human inhabitants of the Blasket Islands, Kerry, Ireland are evacuated to the mainland.
NFL Legend Jim BrownNFL Legend Jim Brown 1956 - Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)
1956 - USSR 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 NYC stadium with transparent roof
1960 - New Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada
1962 - "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 perfs
1962 - President Kennedy dedicates Dulles Intl Airport outside Wash DC
1962 - Simon/Coleman/Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 257 performances
1962 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
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 UN 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 & Apple Music Ltd swap names
1967 - French author Régis Debray sentenced to 30 years in Bolivia
1967 - Surveyor 6 becomes 1st man-made object to lift off Moon
1968 - "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 305 performances
1968 - John Kander/Fred Ebbs musical "Zorba," premieres in NYC
1968 - KHNE TV channel 29 in Hastings, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies' Golf Invitational
1968 - "Heidi Game", NBC cuts to show "Heidi" and misses Raider's rally to beat Jets, 43-32
1968 - Alexandros Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate Greek dictator George Papadopoulos.
1969 - SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 239

9 - Vespasian, Falacrina, Italy, Roman Emperor (AD 69-79), (d. AD 79)
331 - Flavius Claudius Julianus, [Julian the Apostate], Emperor
1502 - Atahualpa, last emperor of the Inca (d. 1533)
1503 - Il Bronzino, Florentine painter (Eleanor de Toledo & her Son)
1576 - Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (d. 1628)
1594 - Johan van Beverwijck, Dutch physician/writer (Treasure of Health)
Roman Emperor VespasianRoman Emperor Vespasian (9) 1612 - Dorgon, Manchu prince (d. 1650)
1681 - Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (d. 1776)
1685 - Pierre Gaultier, French-Canadian trader and explorer (d. 1749)
1690 - Noel-Nicolas Coypel, French painter/cartoonist
1704 - Salomeja Neris, [S Bacinskaite-Buciene], Latvian poet
1729 - Maria Antonietta of Spain, queen of Sardinia (d. 1785)
1755 - Louis XVIII, 1st post-revolutionary king of France (1814-24)
1765 - Étienne-Jacques-Joseph-Alexandre MacDonald, French marshal (d. 1840)
1771 - Jonathan Huntington, composer
King of France Louis XVIIIKing of France Louis XVIII (1755) 1787 - Michele Carafa, composer
1790 - August Ferdinand Möbius, German mathematician (d. 1868)
1794 - John Barrien Montgomery, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1873
1799 - Titian Ramsey Peale, US, artist/naturalist (American Ornithology)
1808 - Alberich Zwyssig, composer
1814 - Joseph Finegan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1885
1816 - August W Ambros, Austria musicologist (History of Music)
1826 - John McArthur, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1906
1827 - Petko Slavejkov, Bulgarian writer (d. 1895)
1834 - Stephen Hinsdale Weed, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1863
1835 - Andrew L. Harris, governor of Ohio (d. 1915)
1837 - David Capriles, director of psychiatry of Monte Christo, Curacao
1837 - Derk J A Haspels, Dutch actor
1837 - Willem Coenen, composer
1854 - Louis HG Lyautey, French minister of Defense (1916-17)
1859 - Gerhard Rusenkrone Schjelderup, composer
1865 - John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins)
1866 - Voltairine de Cleyre, American anarchist (d. 1912)
1876 - Baron Joseph van de Meulebroeck, mayor (Brussels, Belgium)
1877 - Frank Calder, the first NHL President (d. 1943)
1878 - Grace Abbott, Grand Island Neb, social worker (US Children Bureau)
1879 - Gerardus H de Haas, socialist vicar
1881 - Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, English 1st baron of Hesketh Dutch/MP
1883 - Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1913)
1885 - Henry de Man, Belgium, sociologist/chairman (Belgian Workers Party)
1886 - Crane Wilbur, Athens NY, dir/writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo)
1887 - Bernard L Montgomery, British field marshall (WW II-African campaign)
Soldier, British Field Marshal Bernard Law MontgomerySoldier, British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (1887) 1887 - Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British Field Marshal, Kennington, South London
1888 - Ariantje "Jeanne" Leg, actress (It Vijgeblaadje, It Hippie)
1890 - Jack Cusack, pro football pioneer (Canton Bulldogs)
1891 - Guido Pannain, composer
1891 - Jean Del Val, [Gautier], France, actor (Sainted Devil, Flying Deuces)
1892 - Max Deutsch, composer
1894 - Eelco van Kleffens, minister of Foreign affairs (1939-46)/diplomat
1894 - Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51)
1895 - Mikhail Bakhtin, Russian philosopher (d. 1975)
1895 - Gregorio López y Fuentes, Mexican author (d. 1966)
1896 - Lev Vygotsky, Russian psychologist (d. 1934)
1897 - Ed Baker, Davis WV, actor (Keystone Kops)
1897 - Frank Fay, San Francisco, California, American actor (God's Gift to Women, Love Nest)
1897 - Sara Haden, Galveston Tx, actress (A Family Affair)
1899 - Roger Vitrac, French poet/dramatist (Coup of Trafalgar)
1899 - Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (d. 1971)
1900 - Marcel Dalio, Paris, actor (Casablanca)
1901 - Joyce Wethered, Surrey England, golfer (4 time British Amateur champ)
1901 - Lee Strasberg, Austria, acting coach/actor (Somewhere in the Night)
1901 - Max Zehnder, composer
1901 - Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer
1901 - Walter Hallstein, West German politician (CDU) (Hallstein doctrine)
1902 - Eugene Paul Wigner, mathematician/physicist (A Bomb, Nobel 1963)
1902 - Lee Strasberg, Austria, acting coach/actor (And Justice for All)
1903 - Joseph Kaminski, composer
1904 - Isamu Noguchi, sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal)
1905 - Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (Aus batsman & leggie 99 on Test debut)
1905 - Astrid Bernadotte, Princess of Sweden
1905 - Mischa Auer, [Ounskowsky], St Petersburg Russia, actor (My Man Godfrey)
1905 - Wazyk, [Adam Wagman], Polish poet/author (Eyes & Mouth)
1906 - Betty Bronson, Trenton NJ, actress (Evel Knievel, One Stolen Night)
1906 - Soichiro Honda, Japan, founder/CEO (Honda Motor Co)
1906 - Rollie Stiles, American baseball player (d. 2007)
1907 - Israel Regardie, Aleister Crowley's secretary (d. 1985)
1909 - Gerald Savory, actor playwright/TV producer (Heart of the Matter)
1911 - Charles Walters, US, actor/choreographer/director (Easter parade)
1911 - Nobutaka Shikanai, Japans media CEO (Fujisankei Com Group)
1911 - William Tannen, NYC, actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull)
1911 - Christian Fouchet, French diplomat (d. 1974)
1914 - Archie Campbell, Bullsgap Tenn, comedian (Hee Haw)
1916 - Winson Hudson, community activist (rural Mississippi)
1917 - Jack Lescoulie, Sacramento California, TV host (Jackie Gleason Show)
1919 - Hershy Kay, Philadelphia Penn, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn)
1919 - Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, journalist
1920 - Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer (d. 2005)
1921 - Albert Bertelsen, Danish painter
1922 - Emile Noel, international civil servant
1923 - Bert Sutcliffe, cricketer (all-time great NZ left-handed bat)
1923 - Robert Francis Vere Heuston, British professor of law
1923 - Mike Garcia, American baseball player (d. 1986)
1924 - Lucas J "Luc" Lutz, Dutch actor/director (Hague Comedy)
1925 - Charles Mackerras, Schenectady NY, Australian conductor
1925 - Colin Campbell Mitchell, soldier
1925 - Libby Newman, painter/printmaker/curator
1925 - Rock Hudson, Winnetka, Ill, actor (Pillow Talk, A Farewell to Arms)
1927 - Ellis Hillman, politician
1928 - Colin McDonald, cricketer (stalwart Australian opening bat for 1950's)
1928 - Rance Howard, American actor

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 6 of 6

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson (1934) 1934 - Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor
1950 - Writer Jack Kerouac (28) weds Joan Haverty
1978 - Gerald Lascelles (under English princess Mary) weds Elizabeth Colvin
2003 - Singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2008 - Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City
2012 - Award-winning Chinese actress Chen Yao (33) weds cinematographer Yu Cao in Queenstown, New Zealand

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

MLB Catcher Johnny BenchMLB Catcher Johnny Bench (1995) 1995 - Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (47) divorces Laura Cwikowski after nearly 8 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 133

375 - Valentinian I "The Great", Roman Co-Emperor and Ruler of Western Roman Empire (336-75), dies at 54
474 - Leo II, Byzantine Emperor (474), dies
Chronicler/Bishop Gregory of ToursChronicler/Bishop Gregory of Tours (594) 594 - St Gregory of Tours, Frankisch bishop of Tours, dies at 55
641 - Emperor Jomei of Japan (b. 593)
680 - Hilda of Whitby (b. 614)
885 - Queen Liutgard
1093 - Margaret, widow of Scottish king Malcolm III, dies
1231 - Elisabeth of Hungary, daughter of Andrew II of Hungary (b. 1207)
1302 - St. Gertrude the Great (b. 1256)
1326 - Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician (b. 1285)
1494 - Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian philosopher (b. 1463)
1512 - Kempo Roeper, Frisian rebel, quartered
1558 - Reginald Pole, English cardinal/scholar/"heretic", dies at 58
1562 - Antoine de Bourbon, father of Henry IV of France (b. 1518)
1592 - John III of Sweden (b. 1537)
1600 - Kuki Yoshitaka, Japanese naval commander (b. 1542)
1608 - Adolf, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 22
1632 - Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Bavarian field marshal (b. 1594)
1643 - Jean-Baptiste Budes, Comte de Guébriant, Marshal of France (b. 1602)
1648 - Thomas Ford, composer, dies
1665 - John Earle, English bishop
1668 - Joseph Alleine, English preacher (b. 1634)
1690 - Charles de Sainte-Maure, duc de Montausier, French soldier (b. 1610)
1713 - Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (b. 1653)
1720 - Calico Jack, English pirate (b. 1682)
1747 - Alain R Lesage, French author (Le diable boiteux), dies at 79
1768 - Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st duke of Newcastle, dies at 75
1770 - Gian Francesco de Majo, composer, dies at 38
1776 - James Ferguson, British astronomer (b. 1710)
1780 - Bernardo Bellotto, Italian painter (b. 1720)
1794 - Jacques François Dugommier, French general (b. 1738)
Empress of Russia Catherine the GreatEmpress of Russia Catherine the Great (1796) 1796 - Catherine the Great [Catherine II], Empress of Russia (1762-96), dies of a stroke at 67
1808 - David Zeisberger, Moravian missionary (b. 1721)
1818 - Charlotte Sophia von Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of England, dies
1826 - Louise Reichardt, composer, dies at 47
1848 - Jozef B "Olim" Cannaert, Flemish lawyer, dies
1849 - Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest and miracle-worker (b. 1794)
1856 - William Knyvett, composer, dies at 77
1858 - Robert Owen, British father of the cooperative movement (b. 1771)
1862 - Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky, composer, dies at 63
1865 - James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist (b. 1813)
1875 - Hilario Ascasubi, Argentina author (pampa, gauchos & indians), dies
1893 - Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg, king of Bulgaria (1879-86), dies at 36
1897 - George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (b. 1820)
1902 - Hugh Price Hughes, Methodist Social Reformer (b. 1847)
1905 - Adolf WAKF, duke of Nassau/grand duke of Luxembourg, dies at 88
1905 - Philip EFMCBLG, earl of Flanders, dies
1905 - Adolphe of Luxembourg, (b. 1817)
Sculptor Auguste RodinSculptor Auguste Rodin (1917) 1917 - Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Baiser, Thinker), dies at 77
1921 - John McLaren, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1912), dies
1921 - Pa Chay Vue, Hmong Nationalist
1922 - Robert Comtesse, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1847)
1927 - Adolf A Joffe, Russian author/diplomat, commits suicide at 44
1928 - Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author, politician, & freedom fighter (b. 1865)
1929 - A F A Lilley, cricketer (92 dismissals in 35 Tests 1896-1909), dies
1929 - Herman Hollerith, German/US statistician (punch card), dies at 69
1931 - Georgi Atanasov, composer, dies at 50
1931 - John P Lotsy, botanist/geneticist (Resumptio Genetics), dies at 64
1936 - Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto (b. 1861)
1937 - Jack Worrall, cricketer (Australian batsman 1885-99, 11 Tests), dies
1938 - Ante Trumbić, Croatian politician (b. 1864)
1940 - Eric Gill, British sculptor (b. 1882)
1940 - Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)
1941 - Earnest Udet, German general/head air pioneer, commits suicide
1942 - Ben Reitman, American anarchist, physician (b. 1879)
1943 - Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer, dies at 74
1944 - A C MacLaren, cricketer (England batsman from turn of century), dies
1947 - Ricarda Huch, writer, dies at 83
1947 - Victor Serge, Russian anarchist, novelist, and historian (b. 1890)
1955 - James Price Johnson, composer, dies at 64
1958 - Mort Cooper, baseball player (b. 1913)
1959 - Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
1962 - Arthur Vining Davis, CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95 in Miami
1968 - Wilhelm Lehmann, writer, dies at 86
1968 - Mervyn Peake, British writer (b. 1911)
1970 - Naunton Wayne, actor (Dead of Night), dies at 69
1971 - Gladys Cooper, actress (Margaret-The Rogues), dies at 83
1971 - Jackie Cooper, actor (People's Choice), dies at 49
1971 - Melville Cooper, actor (Diane, Bundle of Joy), dies of cancer at 75
1973 - The Mother, Sri Aurobindo Ashram (b. 1878)
1974 - Clive Brook, actor/director (On Approval), dies at 87
1975 - Kay Johnson, actress (Real Glory, Of Human Bondage), dies at 70
1976 - Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
1978 - Claude Dauphin, actor (Paris Precinct), dies at 75
1978 - James J "Gene" Tunney, heavyweight boxing champ (1926-8), dies at 80
1979 - John Glassock, bass (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, South Korean boxer, legally declared dead
1982 - Eduard Tubin, composer, dies at 77
1982 - Ruth Donnelly, comedienne, dies at 86 in NYC
1985 - Jimmy Ritz, actor (Ritz Brothers), dies of heart failure at 81
1986 - Alan Hewitt, actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), dies at 71
1986 - Georges Besse, French president-director of Renault, murdered
1987 - Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
1988 - Sheilah Graham, gossip columnist, dies of heart failure at 84
1989 - Billy Lee, actor (Sons of Legion, Biscuit Eater), dies
1989 - Emerson Buckley, composer, dies at 73
1989 - Gus Farace, American gangster (b. 1960)
Physicist Robert HofstadterPhysicist Robert Hofstadter (1990) 1990 - Robert Hofstadter, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)

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