This Day In History - November 17

This Day In History - November 17

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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Today is the 322nd day of 2020. There are 44 days left in the year.


1993: The US House of Representatives approves the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.


1534: British Parliament passes the Act of Supremacy, which declares King Henry VIII as head of the Church of England.

1558: Elizabeth I becomes Queen of England after the death of Mary I.

1604: Sir Walter Raleigh is tried for treason and is imprisoned in England.

1800: US Congress holds its first session in Washington in the partially completed Capitol building.

1831: Venezuela, Ecuador and New Granada dissolve the Union of Colombia; New Granada becomes an independent state.

1869: Suez Canal opens in Egypt, linking Mediterranean and Red seas.

1937: Lord Halifax visits Adolf Hitler, attempting a peaceful settlement of the majority German Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. This marks the start of Britain's policy of appeasement.

1943: The Soviet Union's Red Army starts the first withdrawal of the Summer offensive in Kiev, where several sections were abandoned in the face of Nazi counter-attacks.

1971: Vemij Thanon Kittikachorn seizes power in Thailand, abolishes Parliament, dismisses Cabinet and suspends nation's constitution.

1972: Former Argentine dictator Juan D Peron returns to his homeland after 17 years of exile.

1973: US President Richard Nixon tells an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Florida that “people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook.”

1987: Iran says Iraqi warplanes attacked unfinished nuclear power plant.

1988: Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party scores solid victory in parliamentary elections.

1992: Italian police arrest 75 people in the largest Mafia crackdown since 1984.

1993: South African leaders endorse a new constitution to end apartheid.

2009: President Barack Obama, with China's leader at his side, lifts his sights for a broad accord at next month's climate conference that he says will lead to immediate action and “rally the world” toward a solution on global warming.

2010: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah steps down as head of the country's National Guard and transfers the influential position to his son, an apparent sign that the elderly monarch is beginning to lessen some of his duties.

2011: Israel has identified eastern Africa as an important strategic interest and is stepping up ties with nations in the region in a joint effort to control the spread of Islamic extremists.

2016: President-elect Donald Trump, at Trump Tower in New York, holds his first meeting with a world leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and receives advice from former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.


Rock Hudson, US actor (1925-1985); Martin Scorsese, US film director (1942- ); Cyril Ramaphosa, African National Congress secretary-general and head of the Constitutional Assembly (1952- ); Danny DeVito, US actor (1944- ); Lorne Michaels, US writer/producer (1944- ); Rachel McAdams, Canadian actress (1978- )


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