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November 17 Historical Events

The following events took place on November 17. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 60 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 474
    Emperor Leo II dies after a reign of ten months. He is succeeded by his father Zeno, who becomes sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 794
    Japanese Emperor Kanmu changes his residence from Nara to Kyoto.
  • 1183
    The Battle of Mizushima.
  • 1292
    John Balliol becomes King of Scotland.
  • 1405
    Sharif ul-Hāshim establishes the Sultanate of Sulu.
  • 1511
    Henry VIII of England concluded the Treaty of Westminster, a pledge of mutual aid against the French, with Ferdinand II of Aragon.
  • 1558
    Elizabethan era begins: Queen Mary I of England dies and is succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I of England.
  • 1603
    English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.
  • 1777
    Articles of Confederation (United States) are submitted to the states for ratification.
  • 1796
    French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of the Bridge of Arcole: French forces defeat the Austrians in Italy.
  • 1800
    The United States Congress holds its first session in Washington, D.C.
  • 1810
    Sweden declares war on its ally the United Kingdom to begin the Anglo-Swedish War, although no fighting ever takes place.
  • 1811
    José Miguel Carrera, Chilean founding father, is sworn in as President of the executive Junta of the government of Chile.
  • 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 Gran Colombia.
  • 1839
    Oberto, Giuseppe Verdi’s first opera, opens at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy.
  • 1855
    David Livingstone becomes the first European to see the Victoria Falls in what is now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe.
  • 1856
    American Old West: 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
    Modified Julian Day zero.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Siege of Knoxville begins – Confederate forces led by General James Longstreet place Knoxville, Tennessee, under siege.
  • 1869
    In Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is inaugurated.
  • 1871
    The National Rifle Association is granted a charter by the state of New York.
  • 1876
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Slavonic March” is given its premiere performance in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1878
    First assassination attempt against Umberto I of Italy by anarchist Giovanni Passannante, who was armed with a dagger. The King survived with a slight wound in an arm. Prime Minister Benedetto Cairoli blocked the aggressor, receiving an injury in a leg.
  • 1885
    Serbo-Bulgarian War: The decisive Battle of Slivnitsa begins.
  • 1896
    The Western Pennsylvania Hockey League, which later became the first ice hockey league to openly trade and hire players, began play at Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park Casino.
  • 1903
    The Russian Social Democratic Labour Party splits into two groups: The Bolsheviks (Russian for “majority”) and Mensheviks (Russian for “minority”).
  • 1911
    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, which is the first black Greek-lettered organization founded at an American historically black college or university, was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • 1922
    Former Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI goes into exile in Italy.
  • 1933
    United States recognizes Soviet Union.

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