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This was 321st day of the year and 44 days remained in the year.

November 17 Birthdays

Augustus Mobius
1790–1868, German Mathematician and Astronomer

king of France (1755)

Lee Strasberg
stage director (1901)

Eugene Paul Wigner
physicist (1902)

Isamu Noguchi
sculptor (1904)

Rock Hudson
actor (1925)

Martin Scorsese
film director; (1942)

Danny De Vito
actor, director, producer (1944)

Lorne Michaels
TV producer (1944)

November 17 in History


Queen Elizabeth I of England ascended to the throne upon the death of her half-sister Queen Mary.


Congress met in Washington, DC, for the first time.


The Suez Canal opened in Egypt.


Sculptor Auguste Rodin died in Meudon, France.


Night of the "Heidi bowl:" NBC switched from football to movie of Heidi. In the missing 42 seconds, the lagging Raiders scored two touchdowns, defeating the Jets.


President Nixon said "I am not a crook."


The beginning of the "Velvet Revolution," which led to the downfall of communism in Czechoslovakia.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California.

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