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NOVEMBER 17

1685 Pierre Gaultier La Verendrye (Canadian Explorer Who Unsuccessfully Sought a Westward Passage to the Pacific) Pierre Gaultier La Verendrye
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1698 The First Units of a Spanish Expedition Arrives in Pensacola Bay to Thwart French Colonization in West Florida Spain France Florida Colonial History Hispanic Heritage Florida Historical Society
1732 James Oglethorpe and 114 Colonists Set Sail from England to Settle the New Colony of Georgia Georgia Colonial Georgia Naval Hiistory University of Georgia
1800 Senate of 6th Congress Convenes in Capitol Building for First Time Washington, D.C. Historic Firsts U.S. Congress
1832 The First School Day West of the Rocky Mountains Takes Place at Fort Vancouver in the Oregon Territory Oregon Vancouver, Washington Forts Education Historic Firsts National Park Service SalemOregon.com
1932 The First Louisiana State Fair Is Held in Shreveport Louisiana Historic Firsts Louisiana Secretary of State
1955 Chartered Airliner Carrying Korean War Servicemen Crashes Outside Seattle: 27 Die Washington Korean War Air Disasters Death History Link
1962 President John F. Kennedy Dedicates D.C.'s Dulles International Airport Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy The American Presidency Aviation History New York Times
1967 U.S. Achieves First Lunar Lift-off with Surveyor 6 Space Exploration Lunar Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1970 Soviet Luna 17 Lands Unmanned Vehicle on the Moon, the Lunokhod 1 Soviet Space Program Space Exploration Lunar Exploration New York Times
1980 Howard University's WHUT Is First African-American owned PBS Station (as WHMM) Television African American Heritage Historic Firsts Howard University (pdf)

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