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NOVEMBER 17

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Czech Republic, Slovakia: Struggle for Freedom Day
(Commemorates student freedom demonstrations of 1939 and 1989)
Czech Republic Slovakia NAZI Germany Soviet Union U.S. Department of State Radio Prague
Marshall Islands: President's Day
Marshall Islands Embassy of the Marshall Islands, Washington, D.C.
1736 David Kinnison (Maine-born Patriot Who Fought in the Revolutionary War & War of 1812; Last Surviving Member of the Boston Tea Party) Maine Political and Social Leaders Boston Tea party American Revolution War of 1812 Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1755 Louis XVIII, King of France French Political and Social Leaders
1776 Robert Trimble (Virginia-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1829 David Jerome (First Governor of Michigan to be Born in Michigan) Detroit Political and Social Leaders State of Michigan
1863 Winfield Scott Hammond (Massachusetts-born Educator; 18th Governor of Minnesota) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Minnesota Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Minnesota Historical Society
1878 Grace Abbott (Nebraska-born Activist for Children's Rights and Immigrant Rights) Grace Abbott Child Advocacy Immigrant Rights Human Rights
1887 Bernard Law Montgomery (World War II British Commander) Bernard Law Montgomery World War II History Channel
1904 William H. Hastie (Tennessee-born African-American Judge and Government Official) Tennessee Social & Political Leaders Law & Legal Resources Notable African-Americans African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1558 May Tudor (Queen of England) England English Monarchy Catholicism Catholic Encyclopedia
1856 John Henry Eaton (North Carolina-born Attorney; Second Territorial Governor of Florida) North Carolina Political and Social Leaders Florida Political and Social Leaders Florida Historical Society
2002 Abba Eban (South African-born Israeli Statesman) South Africa Israeli Political and Social Leaders
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1558 Elizabeth I Ascends the English Throne upon the Death of Her Sister Queen Mary British History Elizabeth I History Channel Writer's Almanac
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
1860 Georgia Legislature Schedules Jan 16 Convention to Consider Secession Georgia American Civil War University of Georgia
1863 Confederate General James Longstreet Begins the Siege of Knoxville, TN Tennessee Siege of  Knoxville History Channel
1869 After 10 Years of Construction, the 101-mile Long Suez Canal Opens The Suez Canal Rivers and Canals History Channel Library of Congress
1873 Budapest Town Council Assumes Full Responsibility for the Union of the Towns of Buda, Pest and Obuda Budapest, Hungary Humanities and Social Sciences Net
1916 A 40-Man Detachment from the U.S. Infantry Arrives to Take Station at Anchorage, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska World War I Alaska Historical Society
1934 Lyndon B. Johnson Marries Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Lyndon Johnson The American Presidency New York Times
1939 Czech Student Funeral Spawns Spontaneous Anti-NAZI Demonstration Czech Republic NAZI Germany Radio Prague
1953 20 Italian Sailors Die When Two Boats Collide in the English Channel Italy Naval History Death BBC
1955 Chartered Airliner Carrying Korean War Servicemen Crashes Outside Seattle: 27 Die Washington Korean War Air Disasters Death History Link
1958 Ibrahim Abboud Leads Military Overthrows Sudan's Civilian Government Sudan African American Registry
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
1969 Soviets and U.S. Begin SALT I Negotiations in Helsinki, Finland Soviet Union United States Nuclear Arms Control Cold War History Channel
1972 Argentina's Ex-president Juan Peron Ends 17-year Exile Juan Peron CNN
1973 Richard Nixon: "I am not a crook." President Richard Nixon The American Presidency The Watergate Affair DiscoverySchool New York Times
1974 First Greek General Election in 10 Yrs Elects Party of Constantine Karamanlis Greece Elections and Voting CNN
1986 Head of Renault Car Company, Georges Besse, Is Assassinated in Paris Paris, France Automobiles Crime Death BBC
1988 1000s of Azerbaijanis Protest Cutting of Trees in Topkhana State Preserves Azerbaijan Soviet Union Trees Azerbaijan International
1989 Czech Students Demonstrate for Political Reform The Velvet Revolution Soviet Union BBC
1991 Croatia's Vukovar Falls to Serb-dominated Federal Army, after 86-day Siege Croatia War CNN
The Assembly of Macedonia Adopts a Constitution Macedonia USDOS
Khmer Rouge Leader, Son Sen, Returns to Phnom Penh Cambodia CNN
1993 Judges from 11 Nations Sworn in for U.N. Yugoslavia War Crimes Tribunal Yugoslavia United Nations Law and Legal Resources War Crimes CNN
U.S. House Passes North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) U.S. Congress International Trade CNN
1997 Six Militants Kill 62 at Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt Egypt Terrorism Death BBC
1998 Israel's Parliament Approves Palestinian Wye River Peace Accord Israel War New York Times
2000 Florida's Supreme Court Freezes Presidential Tally, Forbidding Results Certification Florida George W. Bush The American Presidency 2000 Presidential Election CNN

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