About November 17

November 17, 2020 is the 322nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 44 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Scorpio is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Topaz is the modern birthstone for this month. Pearl is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 87 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On November 17

  • 473
    The future Leo II is named associate emperor by Leo I.
  • 794
    Japanese Emperor Kammu changes his residence from Nara to Kyoto.
  • 1796
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Arcole – French forces defeat the Austrians in Italy.
  • 1811
    José Miguel Carrera, Chilean founding father, is sworn in as President of the executive Junta of the government of Chile.
  • 1812
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi.
  • 1820
    Captain Nathaniel Palmer becomes the first American to see Antarctica (the Palmer Peninsula is later named after him).
  • 1858
    Modified Julian Day zero.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Siege of Knoxville begins – Confederate forces led by General James Longstreet place Knoxville, Tennessee under siege.
  • 1876
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March is given its première performance in Moscow.
  • 1878
    First assassination attempt against Umberto I of Italy.
  • 1903
    The Russian Social Democratic Labor Party splits into two groups; the Bolsheviks (Russian for “majority”) and Mensheviks (Russian for “minority”).
  • 1911
    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, which is the first black Greek-lettered organization founded at an HBCU, was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington,DC.
  • 1919
    King George V of the United Kingdom proclaims Armistice Day (later Remembrance Day). The idea is first suggested by Edward George Honey.
  • 1922
    The first executions during the Irish Civil War take place when five Irish Republican Army members are sent to the firing squad by the Irish Free State.
  • 1939
    Nine Czech students are executed as a response to anti-Nazi demonstrations prompted by the death of Jan Opletal. In addition, all Czech universities are shut down and over 1200 Czech students sent to concentration camps. Since this event, International Students’ Day is celebrated in many countries, especially in the Czech Republic.
  • 1973
    Watergate scandal: In Orlando, Florida, US President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press managing editors “I am not a crook”.
  • 1983
    The Zapatista Army of National Liberation is founded in Mexico.
  • 1989
    Cold War: Velvet Revolution begins: In Czechoslovakia, a student demonstration in Prague is quelled by riot police. This sparks an uprising aimed at overthrowing the communist government (it succeeds on December 29).
  • 2000
    A catastrophic landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills 7, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.
  • 2009
    Administrators at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia discover their servers had been hacked and thousands of emails and files on climate change had been stolen, which would serve as the basis of the “Climategate” controversy.

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