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#TodayInHistory – November 17

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November 17 – Some important events on this day.

1278 👉🏼 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins
1558 👉🏼 Elizabeth I aged 25, ascends the English throne upon death of her half sister, Queen “Bloody” Mary
1800 👉🏼 Congress holds its 1st session in Washington, D.C. in an incomplete Capitol Building
1831 👉🏼 Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Greater Colombia
1855 👉🏼 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe
1869 👉🏼 Suez Canal in Egypt opens, linking Mediterranean and Red seas
1922 👉🏼 The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI, is expelled to Malta on a British warship
1970 👉🏼 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse
1888 👉🏼 Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg
1973 👉🏼 US President Richard Nixon tells AP “…people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook”
2003 👉🏼 Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2013 👉🏼 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins record 8th consecutive Formula 1 race with victory in United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas
2015 👉🏼 Ireland’s 1st same-sex wedding takes place – Cormac Gollogly and Richard Dowling marry in Clonmel, County Tipperary

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