11/17/2020 12:17:00 PM Today In History - November 17
Reprinted By Permission From OnThisDay.com
Today in History in 1558 Elizabeth I, age 42, ascends English throne upon death of her half-sister "Bloody" Mary; in 1800 Congress held 1st session in Washington D.C. in uncompleted Capitol building; and in 1855 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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1558 - Elizabeth I aged 25 ascends English throne upon death of her half-sister "Bloody" Mary
1800 - Congress held 1st session in Washington DC in uncompleted Capitol building
1831 - Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.
1855 - David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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.
1863 - Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address
1869 - Suez Canal (Egypt) opened, links Mediterranean & Red Seas
1894 - Serial killer H. H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons
1922 - The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire Mehmed VI is expelled to Malta on British warship
1956 - Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)
1968 - "Heidi Game", NBC cuts to show "Heidi" and misses Raider's rally to beat Jets, 43-32
1973 - US President Richard Nixon tells AP "...people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook"
1990 - David Crosby breaks his left leg, ankle and shoulder in a motorcycle accident in Los Angles, California
1755 - Louis XVIII, 1st post-revolutionary king of France (1814-24)