What happened this day in history November 17

What are the important events that happened on November 17? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

November 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

November 17 is the 322nd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 44 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 4, 2024 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,863,360 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectaicosadigon’ day.

Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Topaz is the modern birthstone for this month. Pearl is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 73 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 4,349 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 17 Historical Events

  • 794
    Japanese Emperor Kammu changes his residence from Nara to Kyoto.
  • 1603
    English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.
  • 1800
    The United States Congress holds its first session in Washington, D.C.
  • 1820
    Captain Nathaniel Palmer becomes the first American to see Antarctica (the Palmer Peninsula is later named after him).
  • 1831
    Ecuador and Venezuela are separated from Greater Colombia.
  • 1876
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March is given its première performance in Moscow.
  • 1968
    British European Airways introduces the BAC One-Eleven into commercial service.
  • 1970
    Luna program: The Soviet Union lands Lunokhod 1 on Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) on the Moon. This is the first roving remote-controlled robot to land on another world and is released by the orbiting Luna 17 spacecraft.
  • 1983
    The Zapatista Army of National Liberation is founded in Mexico.
  • 2009
    Administrators at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia discover their servers had been hacked and thousands of emails and files on climate change had been stolen, which would serve as the basis of the “Climategate” controversy.

Who were born on November 17?

  • 1799
    Titian Peale, American artist (d. 1885)
  • 1899
    Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (d. 1971)
  • 1905
    Queen Astrid of the Belgians (d. 1935)
  • 1925
    Charles Mackerras, Australian-born conductor (d. 2010)
  • 1936
    Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (d. 2005)
  • 1942
    Bob Gaudio, singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. Keyboardist/backing vocalist for The Four Seasons (band)
  • 1942
    Kang Kek Iew, Cambodian politician and criminal
  • 1944
    Rem Koolhaas, Dutch architect
  • 1951
    Dean Paul Martin, American singer and actor (d. 1987)
  • 1983
    Harry Lloyd, English actor

Who died on November 17?

  • 1494
    Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian philosopher (b. 1463)
  • 1600
    Kuki Yoshitaka, Japanese naval commander (b. 1542)
  • 1708
    Ludolf Backhuysen, Dutch painter (b. 1631)
  • 1849
    Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest and miracle-worker (b. 1794)
  • 1936
    Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto (b. 1861)
  • 1940
    Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)
  • 1976
    Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1880)
  • 2000
    Louis Néel, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 2002
    Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (b. 1915)
  • 2004
    Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (b. 1970)

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