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 321st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 44 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 4, 2021 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 454,752 hours 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 ‘trihectaicosahenagon’ day.
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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 76 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 3,253 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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November 17 Historical Events
Ecuador and Venezuela are separated from Greater Colombia.
First assassination attempt against Umberto I of Italy.
United States recognizes Soviet Union.
The Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath.
President John F. Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport, serving the Washington, D.C. region.
Vietnam War: Acting on optimistic reports that he had been given on November 13, US President Lyndon B. Johnson tells the nation that, while much remained to be done, “We are inflicting greater losses than we're taking..We are making progress.”
Viewers of the Raiders–Jets football game in the eastern United States are denied the opportunity to watch its exciting finish when NBC broadcasts Heidi instead, prompting changes to sports broadcasting in the U.S.
Duk Koo Kim dies unexpectedly from injuries sustained during a 14-round match against Ray Mancini in Las Vegas, Nevada, prompting reforms in the sport of boxing.
Cold War: Velvet Revolution begins: In Czechoslovakia, a student demonstration in Prague is quelled by riot police. This sparks an uprising aimed at overthrowing the communist government (it succeeds on December 29).
A catastrophic landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills 7, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.
Who were born on November 17?
Emperor Vespasian, Roman emperor (d. 79)
Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (d. 1628)
Titian Peale, American artist (d. 1885)
Lee Strasberg, Austrian director (d. 1982)
Queen Astrid of the Belgians (d. 1935)
Howard Dean, American politician, 75th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont & 79th Governor of Vermont
Mark Brandon Read, Australian criminal
Ben Allison, American jazz bassist and composer
Sean Miller, American basketball coach
Jerome James, American basketball player
Who died on November 17?
Hilda of Whitby (b. 614)
Bernardo Bellotto, Italian painter (b. 1720)
David Zeisberger, Moravian missionary (b. 1721)
Jack Worrall, Australian cricketer (b. 1860)
Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer (b. 1887)
Audre Lorde, Caribbean-American writer, poet, and activist (b. 1934)
Don Gibson, American singer (b. 1928)
Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi artist (b. 1962)
Marek Perepeczko, Polish actor (b. 1942)
Olin Branstetter, American businessman and politician (b. 1929)
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