November 17th

1603 – Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason, placed on trial by King James I.

1869 – The Suez Canal in Egypt is inaugurated.

1876 – Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March is premiered in Moscow.

1939 – Nine Czech students are murdered after a protest against the Nazi party, prompting today to be International Students Day.

1970 – The first patent is received for a computer mouse.

1982 – Duk Koo Kim dies two days after a fourteen round boxing match, prompting reforms in the sport.

1997 – 62 people are massacred in Luxor, outside the tomb of Hatshepsut. The 6 assailants are then killed by police.


Lev Vygotsky – Psychologist (1896), Michael Scorsese – Director (1942), Danny DeVito – Actor (1944), Jonathan Ross – TV Presenter (1960), Jeff Buckley – Musician (1966), Richard Fortus – Guitarist Guns N Roses (1966), Nani – Footballer (1986)

Special Days

International Students Day

Number 1s

Frankie Laine with Paul Weston & His Orchestra & The Norman Luboff Choir – Answer Me (1953)

Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Travellin’ Light (1959)

Jimi Hendrix Experience – Voodoo Child (1970)

Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure (1981)

Michael Jackson – Black Or White (1991)

Prodigy – Breathe (1996)

Christina Aguilera – Dirty (2002)

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