November 17 Events in History - November 17 Birthdays - November 17 Deaths
2014 Martin Salia, a U.S. doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, dies today in a Nebraska hospital; Salia was already in critical condition upon his arrival after medical transport from West Africa
2014 The Church of England announces that it has changed its rules to allow female bishops; the church has allowed female priests for the last 20 years but has not allowed women to serve in higher positions until now
2013 On the first day of its release, Sony's PlayStation 4 sells 1 million units in the U.S. and Canada; the PS4 launches in Europe November 29th, and Japan February 22, 2014
2013 Georgia swears in its new President, Giorgi Margvelashvili
2012 Rick Majerus, the head basketball coach at Saint Louis University, announces his retirement due to health issues
2012 Egypt's minister of transport, Mohamed Rashad Al Matini, resigns after a school bus carrying 60 schoolchildren is hit by a train near Manfalut, 230 miles south of Cairo
2011 In Sweden, divers find the wreckage of the Svardet, a warship sunk in 1676 during the Battle of Oland
2011 Northern Rock bank, nationalized in 2008 by the British Government, is sold to Virgin Money for 747 million pounds
2010 A construction site in London reveals a Roman settlement filled with ancient artifacts and human remains
2010 Alaska's State Senator Lisa Murkowski becomes the first write-in candidate to successfully win an election since 1954
1997 Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame
1997 Islamist terrorists murder 60 tourists at Luxor in Egypt
1996 "Present Laughter" opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City
1996 Sam's Town Bowling Invitational
1994 "Sunset Boulevard" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 977 performances
1994 3rd Germany government of Kohl forms
1994 Irish government of Reynolds resigns
1993 "Grand Night For Singing" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 52 performances
1993 Antonov AN-124 flies in South Iran against mountain: 17 killed
1993 U.S. House of Representatives approve Nafta
1992 "Gypsy Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 55 performances
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
1991 "Brigadoon" closes at New York State Theater New York City after 12 performances
1991 1st TV condom ad aired (FOX- TV)
1991 Detroit Lion Mike Utley is paralized in a game vs Los Angeles Rams
1989 Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year Kansas City Royal contract
1988 Linda Petursdottir of Iceland, 18, crowned 38th Miss World
1988 Neil Simon's "Rumors," premieres in New York City
1987 George Bell is 1st Blue Jay ever to win the AL MVP
1986 "Oh Coward!" opens at Helen Hayes Theater New York City for 56 performances
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
1984 Golden State Warrior scores 59 points losing to New Jersey Nets 124-110
1984 Islanders score 20 assists against Rangers
1983 "La Tragedie de Carmen" opens at Beaumont Theater New York City for 187 performances
1983 Harm Wiersma retains checkers world championship
1983 Philadelphia Flyers win 13th straight NHL game
1982 Dale Murphy wins NL MVP
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
1980 John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in the United Kingdom
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
1978 Gerald Lascelles (under English princess Mary) weds Elizabeth Colvin
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
1976 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1974 Bonnie Bryant wins Bill Branch LPGA Golf Classic
1974 Union of Banana Exporting Countries (UPEB) forms
1973 Greek regime attacks students with tanks, 100s killed
1973 Teri Garr plays role of a stripper on "The Nurse"
1973 President Nixon tells AP "...people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook"
1972 Juan Peron returns to Argentina
1970 British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on pg 3 (Stephanie Rahn)
1970 Russia lands Lunokhod 1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon
1969 SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
1968 "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 305 performances
1968 John Kander/Fred Ebbs musical "Zorba," premieres in New York City
1968 KHNE TV channel 29 in Hastings, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies' Golf Invitational
1968 NBC cuts to show "Heidi," misses Raider's rally to beat Jets, 43-32
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
1966 Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour)
1965 General Meeting of United Nations refuses admittance of China PR
1965 William Eckert is unanimously elected commissioner of baseball
1964 British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa
1963 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Mary Mills Miss Gulf Coast Golf Invitational
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.
1960 New Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada
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
1958 KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
1957 WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, WV (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1956 Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)
1956 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
1953 St. Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
1948 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
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
1941 Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
1940 Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
1939 German U-boat torpedoes passenger ship
1939 Jerome Kern/Hammerstein II's "Very Warm for May," premieres in New York City
1938 Italy passes their own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws
1937 Britains Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement
1936 Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio
1934 Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor
1933 U.S. recognizes U.S.S.R., opens trade
1932 German government of von Papen, resigns
1931 Bradman scores 135 NSW vs. South Africa, 128 minutes, 15 fours
1930 Musical "Sweet and Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in New York City
1929 Pascual Ortiz Rubio elected president of Mexico
1929 Stalin throws Nicolai Bucharin out of Politburo
1928 Boston Garden officially opens
1928 Notre Dame finally lost a football game after nearly 25 years
1927 Tornado hits Washington D.C.
1926 NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St. Pats 4-1
1922 Turkish sultan Mehmed VI flees to Malta on British warship
1918 Social Democratic Party becomes Communistc Party Holland: CPH
1917 Lenin defended "temporary" removal of freedom of the press
1914 U.S. declares Panama Canal Zone neutral
1913 1st U.S. dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Ct
1913 Panama Canal opens
1904 George Cohans musical "Little Johnny Jones," premieres in New York City
1894 Daily Racing Form founded
1889 Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland and SF
1888 St. Tsjaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in Petersburg
1884 Cops arrest John L Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel"
1877 Gilbert/Sullivans operette "Sorcerer," premieres in London
1875 Amer Theosophical Society founded by Mme Blavatsky and Col Olcott
1874 Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire and sinks off Auckland, New Zealand
1869 Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race (13K Paris-Rouen)
1869 Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean and Red seas
1866 Opera "Mignon" is produced (Paris)
1863 Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address
1862 Confederate Secretary of War George B. Randolph resigns
1858 Origin of Modified Julian Period
1853 Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections
1842 Fugitive slave George Latimer, captured in Boston
1842 Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
1839 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di," premieres in Milan
1820 Antarctica discovered by Nathaniel B. Palmer on the 'Hero', a 47 foot sloop
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
1796 Battle of Arcole-Napolean I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy
1785 Church of England organizes in New England
1734 John Zenger, arrested for libel against New York col gov; later acquitted
1558 Elizabeth I ascends English throne upon death of Queen Mary
1555 William of Orange becomes member of Council of State
1511 England and Spain sign anti-French covenant
1278 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins