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“17 November: What Happened On This Day In History?”


17 November: In a year, the 17th of November is the 321st day as per the Gregorian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 322nd day of the year.

What special day is today? This day has its distinctiveness and importance in history.

Let’s explore people who have carved a niche for themselves on 17th November. We may also need to scan through the events that happened today.

17 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 17 November

Art & Artists

    • 1940 Establishment of the Tartu Art Museumin Tartu, Estonia
    • 2008 Premiere of Stephenie Meyer’s popular vampire-based movie  “Twilight Saga”.

Science & Technology

    • 1947 The basic principles of the transistor were observed by John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain. These three American scientists’ observations revolutionized electronics in the 20th century.
    • 1986 The flight crew Flight 1628 (a Japanese Airlines flight) claimed to sight a UFO over Alaska.

Leaders & Politics

    • 1800 The first session of the US Congress was conducted in Washington, D.C.
    • 2003 Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger began his career as California’s governor.
    • 1973On the precedence of the Watergate scandal Richard Nixon, the U.S. President held a press conference in which he declared, “I am not a crook.”

17 November: 2003 - Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger began his career as California's governor.

People & Society

    • 1950  Lhamo Dondrub is officially declared the 14th Dalai Lama.
    • 1858 Foundation of the city of Denver, Colorado.
    • 1869 Inauguration of the Suez Canal (Egypt) that link the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

    • 1837An earthquake (in Valdivia south-central Chile region) led tsunami that caused massive destruction along Japan’s coast.
    • 2000 A disastrous landslide occurred in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia damaged property extensively and killed seven.
    • 2013 A tornado outbreak (six dozen tornadoes in 11 hours) strikes Indiana and Illinois.

Discoveries & Explorations

    • 1820Captain Nathaniel Palmer reached Antarctica. He became the first American to do so.
    • 1970 Lunokhod 1 successfully landed on the Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) region of the Moon. It was released by the orbiting spacecraft – Luna 17.

Leisure & Sports

    • 1869 1st bicycle race was won by the Englishman James Moore who cycled 135 km from Paris to Rouen.
    • 2013 Sebastian Vettel, a German Red Bull driver  clinched a record-breaking record 8th consecutive win in Formula 1 race.

Birth Anniversaries (17 November)

    • 1887 Bernard Law Montgomery (Field Marshal from Britain)
    • 1942 Martin Scorsese (American filmmaker)
    • 1950 Roland Matthes (German swimmer)
    • 1978 Rachel McAdams (Canadian actress)

Death Anniversaries (17 November)

    • 1558 Hugh Aston (English composer) was buried on this day
    • 1796 Catherine the Great (the last Empress of Russia)
    • 1917 Auguste Rodin (French sculptor)
    • 1937 Jack Worrall (Australian cricketer and footballer)
    • 2000 Louis Néel (French physicist and Nobel laureate)
    • 2012 Bal Thackeray (Indian politician and cartoonist)

What Special Day is Today: (17 November)

    • International Happy Gose Day
    • International Students’ Day
    • World Prematurity Day
    • Martyrs’ Day (Odisha, India)
    • Athens Polytechnic Uprising Remembrance Day (Greece)


The factual story of the day (17 November) covers the entire globe and a lot of well-known personalities. The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day in history.

Providing our readers with authentic facts and figures, for each day, is what boosts us here.

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