Today in History

    What happened on the 17th of November in history?

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    • 1558
      Elizabeth I ascends English throne upon death of Queen Mary
    • 1734
      John Peter Zenger newspaper editor arrested for libel against NY colonial governor; later acquitted
    • 1800
      Congress held 1st session in Washington
    • 1853
      Street signs authorized at SF intersections
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    • 1869
      Suez Canal opens
    • 1884
      Cops arrest John L Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel"
    • 1913
      Panama Canal opens
    • 1917
      Sculptor August Rodin died in Meudon France
    • 1934
      Lyndon B Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor
    • 1940
      Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
    • 1948
      Britain's House of Commons voted to nationalize steel industry
    • 1956
      fullback Jim Brown Syracuse scores 43 pts (NCAA rec) vs. Colgate
    • 1962
      Dulles Intl Airport outside Wash DC dedicated by Pres Kennedy
    • 1968
      Heidi bowl-NBC misses Oakland rally to beat Jets 43-32
    • 1970
      Russia lands unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon
    • 1973
      Pres Nixon told AP "...people have got to know whether or not their pres is a crook. Well I'm not a crook."
    • 1977
      Egyptian Pres Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit Israel
    • 1982
      S Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim was legally declared dead
    • 1984
      Islanders scored 20 assists against Rangers