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This Day in History: November 17

November 17: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1558 - Elizabethan era begins: Queen Mary I of England dies and is succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I of England.
  2. 1777 - Articles of Confederation (United States) are submitted to the states for ratification.
  3. 1800 - The United States Congress holds its first session in Washington, D.C.
  4. 1820 - Captain Nathaniel Palmer becomes the first American to see Antarctica(the Palmer Peninsula is later named after him).
  5. 1869 - In Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is inaugurated.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Agnolo di Cosimo (Italian painter), Nicolas Appert (French chef, inventor of canning ), August Ferdinand Möbius (German mathematician), Grace Abbott (American social worker), Eugene Wigner (Hungarian physicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate)

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