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1558Elizabeth I aged 42 ascends English throne upon death of her half sister "Bloody" Mary

1603English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.

1812Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow

1839Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan

1855David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe.

1876Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's patriotic Slavonic March made its premiere in Moscow to a warm reception by the Russian people.

1888Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg

1894Serial killer H. H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons

1917Lenin defends "temporary" removal of freedom of the press

1929Stalin throws Nicolai Bucharin out of Politburo

1931Bradman scores 135 NSW v South Africa, 128 mins, 15 fours

1956Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)

1963Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Mary Mills Miss Gulf Coast Golf Invitational

1968Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies' Golf Invitational

1980John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK

1988Neil Simon's "Rumors" premieres in NYC

1997Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame

2003Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

On This Day In History
Date Event
Nov 17, 473
The future Zeno I is named associate emperor by Emperor Leo I. 
Nov 17, 1183
Battle of Mizushima. 
Nov 17, 1278
680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins 
Nov 17, 1292
(O.S.) John Balliol becomes King of Scots. 
Nov 17, 1511
England, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire sign anti-French covenant The Treaty of Westminster 
Nov 17, 1555
William of Orange becomes member of Council of State 
Nov 17, 1558
Elizabeth I aged 42 ascends English throne upon death of her half sister "Bloody" Mary 
Nov 17, 1603
English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason. 
Nov 17, 1659
Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain. 
Nov 17, 1734
John Zenger, arrested for libel against NY col gov; later acquitted 
Nov 17, 1785
Church of England organizes in New England 
Nov 17, 1796
Battle of Arcole-Napoleon I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy 
Nov 17, 1798
-21) Snow storms in New England, hundreds die 
Nov 17, 1800
Congress held 1st session in Wash DC in incompleted Capitol building 
Nov 17, 1812
Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow 
Nov 17, 1827
The Delta Phi fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, was founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York. 
Nov 17, 1831
Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia. 
Nov 17, 1839
Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan 
Nov 17, 1842
Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston 
Nov 17, 1842
Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London) 
Nov 17, 1853
Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections 
Nov 17, 1855
David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe. 
Nov 17, 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. 
Nov 17, 1858
Origin of Modified Julian Period 
Nov 17, 1862
Confederate Sec of War George B Randolph resigns 
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