Famous Events on this Day in History, November 17:284 - Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers.
473 - The future Zeno I is named associate emperor by Emperor Leo I.
1183 - Battle of Mizushima.
1278 - 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins
1292 - (O.S.) John Balliol becomes King of Scotland.
1511 - England & Spain sign anti-French covenant
1511 - Spain and England ally against France.
1555 - William of Orange becomes member of Council of State
1558 - Elizabeth I ascends English throne upon death of Queen Mary
1603 - English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.
1659 - Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain.
1734 - John Zenger, arrested for libel against NY col gov; later acquitted
1785 - Church of England organizes in New England
1796 - Battle of Arcole-Napolean I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy
1798 - -21) Snow storms in New England, 100s die
1800 - Congress held 1st session in Wash DC in incompleted Capitol building
1800 - John Adams is 1st pres to move into the White House
1812 - Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi.
1827 - The Delta Phi fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, was founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
1831 - Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.
1839 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di," premieres in Milan
1842 - Fugitive slave George Latimer, captured in Boston
1842 - Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
1853 - Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections
1855 - David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe.
1856 - On the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, the United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan in order to help control new land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.
1858 - Origin of Modified Julian Period
1862 - Confederate Sec of War George B Randolph resigns
1863 - -Dec 4th) Battle of Knoxville, TN
1863 - Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address
1866 - Opera "Mignon" is produced (Paris)
1869 - Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race (13K Paris-Rouen)
1869 - Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean & Red seas
1874 - Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, NZ
1875 - Amer Theosophical Society founded by Mme Blavatsky & Col Olcott
1876 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's patriotic Slavonic March made its premiere in Moscow to a warm reception by the Russian people.
1877 - Gilbert/Sullivans operette "Sorcerer," premieres in London
1878 - First assassination attempt against Umberto I of Italy.
1884 - Cops arrest John L Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel"
1888 - St Tsjaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in Petersburg
1889 - Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland & SF
1894 - Daily Racing Form founded
1903 - Dahomey (Benin) becomes a French protectorate.
1904 - George Cohans musical "Little Johnny Jones," premieres in NYC
1905 - The Eulsa Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea.
1913 - 1st US dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Ct
1913 - Panama Canal opens
1914 - US declares Panama Canal Zone neutral
1917 - Lenin defended "temporary" removal of freedom of the press
1918 - Social Democratic Party becomes Communistc Party Holland: CPH
1922 - Turkish sultan Mehmed VI flees to Malta on British warship
1926 - NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St Pats 4-1
1927 - Tornado hits Washington DC
1928 - Boston Garden officially opens
1928 - Notre Dame finally lost a football game after nearly 25 years
1929 - Pascual Ortiz Rubio elected president of Mexico
1929 - Stalin throws Nicolai Bucharin out of Politburo
1930 - Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC
1931 - Bradman scores 135 NSW v South Africa, 128 mins, 15 fours
1932 - German govt of von Papen, resigns
1933 - US recognizes USSR, opens trade
1933 - United States recognizes Soviet Union.
1934 - Lyndon B Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor
1936 - Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio
1937 - Britains Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement
1938 - Italy passes their own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws
1939 - German U-boat torpedoes passenger ship
1939 - Jerome Kern/Hammerstein II's "Very Warm for May," premieres in NYC
1939 - The Rome-Rio de Janeiro air connection is created.
1940 - Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
1941 - Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
1944 - -Nov 19] Nazi raids in Dutch NE Polder
1945 - "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 12 perfs
1945 - New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of RAF
1947 - The U.S. Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath.
1948 - Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
1953 - St Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
1953 - The remaining human inhabitants of the Blasket Islands, Kerry, Ireland are evacuated to the mainland.
1956 - Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)
1956 - USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
1957 - WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, WV (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1958 - KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
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 NYC stadium with transparent roof
1960 - New Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada
1962 - "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 257 performances
1962 - "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 perfs
1962 - Pres Kennedy dedicates Dulles Intl Airport outside Wash DC
1962 - Simon/Coleman/Leigh's musical "Little Me," premieres in NYC
1962 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1963 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Mary Mills Miss Gulf Coast Golf Invitational
1964 - British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa
1965 - General Meeting of UN refuses admittance of China PR
1965 - William Eckert is unanimously elected commissioner of baseball
1966 - Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour)
1967 - Beatles Ltd & Apple Music Ltd swap names
1967 - French author Régis Debray sentenced to 30 years in Bolivia
1967 - Surveyor 6 becomes 1st man-made object to lift off Moon
1968 - "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 305 performances
1968 - John Kander/Fred Ebbs musical "Zorba," premieres in NYC
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
1968 - Alexandros Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate Greek dictator George Papadopoulos.
1969 - SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
1970 - British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on pg 3 (Stephanie Rahn)
1970 - Russia lands Lunokhod 1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon
1970 - Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse.
1972 - Juan Peron returns to Argentina
1973 - Greek regime attacks students with tanks, 100s killed
1973 - Teri Garr plays role of a stripper on "The Nurse"
1973 - Pres Nixon tells AP "...people have got to know whether or not their pres is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook"
1974 - Bonnie Bryant wins Bill Branch LPGA Golf Classic
1974 - Union of Banana Exporting Countries (UPEB) forms
1974 - Aliança Operário-Camponesa (Worker-Peasant Alliance) founded in Portugal, as a front of PCP(m-l).
1976 - China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1977 - Bernard Pomerance's "Elephant Man," premieres in London
1977 - Egyptian Pres Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit Israel
1977 - Miss World Contest - Miss UK wears $9,500 platinum bikini
1978 - Gerald Lascelles (under English princess Mary) weds Elizabeth Colvin
1979 - Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball
1979 - Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages
1979 - NY Stars (WBL) home opener at MSG in NYC
1979 - On a flight to Austin, TX, Daniel Okrent sketches out the first
1980 - John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK
1981 - "1st" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
1981 - NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws
1982 - Dale Murphy wins NL MVP
1983 - "La Tragedie de Carmen" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 187 perfs
1983 - Harm Wiersma retains checkers world championship
1983 - Phila Flyers win 13th straight NHL game
1984 - Golden State Warrior scores 59 points losing to NJ Nets 124-110
1984 - Islanders score 20 assists against Rangers
1985 - Howard Stern begins broadcasting on 92.3 WXRK FM NY
1985 - NY Jets best offensive production beating Tampa Bay 62-28
1986 - "Oh Coward!" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 56 performances
1987 - George Bell is 1st Blue Jay ever to win the AL MVP
1988 - Linda Petursdottir of Iceland, 18, crowned 38th Miss World
1988 - Neil Simon's "Rumors," premieres in NYC
1989 - Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year KC Royal contract
1991 - "Brigadoon" closes at New York State Theater NYC after 12 performances
1991 - 1st TV condom ad aired (FOX- TV)
1991 - Detroit Lion Mike Utley is paralized in a game vs LA Rams
1992 - "Gypsy Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC 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
1993 - "Grand Night For Singing" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 perfs
1993 - Antonov AN-124 flies in South Iran against mountain: 17 killed
1993 - US House of Representatives approve Nafta
1994 - "Sunset Boulevard" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 977 performances
1994 - 3rd Germany government of Kohl forms
1994 - Irish government of Reynolds resigns
1996 - "Present Laughter" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
1996 - Sam's Town Bowling Invitational
1997 - Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame
1997 - In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut, known as Luxor massacre (The police then kill the assailants).
2000 - 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.
2000 - Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru.
2004 - Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.
2005 - Italy's choice of national anthem, Il Canto degli Italiani, becomes official in law for the first time, almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth of the republic.
2006 - Official naming of element 111, Roentgenium (Rg).