On This Day in History, November 17

What kind of events do you associate this date with? Be it college graduation, wedding anniversary, or even your first flight experience, e.t.c. We sure have major events going on in our lives, but not all get to be in the books of history.

This piece highlights the historic events that occurred on November 17. Take a look!

  • 1869 – Suez Canal in Egypt opened, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.
  • 1914 – The US declared Panama Canal Zone neutral.
  • 1945 – New world air speed record 606 mph was set by HJ Wilson of RAF.
  • 1953 – The United States joined the United Nations in condemning Israel’s raid on Jordan.
  • 1959 – Slugger Willie McCorvey won NL Rookie of Year.
  • 1960 – New MLB Washington franchise was awarded to Elwood Quesada.
  • 1962 – US President JFK dedicated Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.
  • 1964 – British Labour Party installed weapon embargo against South Africa.
  • 1965 – General Meeting of UN refused the admittance of the People’s Republic of China.
  • 1970 –  Douglas Engelhardt received the patent for the first computer mouse.
  • 1973 –  US President Richard Nixon told AP that people will get to know whether or not he is a crook.
  • 1979 –  Ayatollah Khomeini freed most black & female US hostages.
  • 1987 – The Madonna compilation album “You Can Dance” was released.
  • 1991 – 1st TV condom ad aired on FOX- TV.
  • 1998 – Whitney Houston released “My Love is Your Love” song.
  • 2003 – Britney Spears, at 21 years old, became the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2003 – Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as Californian Governor.
  • 2008Japan, being the world’s second-biggest economy, slid into its first recession in seven years.
  • 2013 – Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the sixth time.
  • 2015 – Ireland’s 1st same-sex wedding.

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