Today in History
Today is Sunday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2013. There are 44 days left in the year.
On Nov. 17 –
In 1558, Elizabeth I acceded to the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary.
In 1869, the Suez Canal opened in Egypt.
In 1917, French sculptor Auguste Rodin (roh-DAN') died in Meudon at age 77.
In 1962, Washington's Dulles International Airport was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.
In 1969, the first round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks between the United States and the Soviet Union opened in Helsinki, Finland.
In 1970, the Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the Lunokhod 1.
In 1979, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 black and/or female American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
In 1987, a federal jury in Denver convicted two neo-Nazis and acquitted two others of civil rights violations in the 1984 slaying of radio talk show host Alan Berg.
In 2000, the Florida Supreme Court froze the state's presidential tally, forbidding Secretary of State Katherine Harris from certifying results of the marathon vote count just as Republican George W. Bush was advancing his minuscule lead over Democrat Al Gore. Also, a federal appeals court refused to block recounts under way in two heavily Democratic counties.
In entertainment history…
On Nov. 17 -
In 1968, Glen Campbell received gold records for the singles "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Gentle On My Mind."
In 1970, an Elton John concert was broadcast live over a New York radio station. A recording was released in the U.S. as the album "11-17-70."
In 1979, Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock died of a heart attack after a long history of heart trouble. He was 26.
In 1990, David Crosby broke his left leg, ankle and shoulder in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Police said he was speeding and was not wearing a helmet.
In 1991, the Fox network became the first network to air a commercial for condoms. It featured a young man talking about disease infecting nice people.
In 1992, the soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" was released.