November

November 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on November 17

November 17th is the day we officially celebrate Take A Hike Day and Unfriend Day.

We made it to day 321 of the year and there’s only 44 days left to go until we reach the new year.

Everyone who was born on November 17th shares the star sign of Scorpio.

From religious events to disasters and politics, November 17th in history has been an eventful one! Learn all about this special day with these historical facts & events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1855, explorer David Livingstone became the first European to see Victoria Falls? He carved his initials and the date into a nearby tree to commemorate the occasion.

Keep reading for more facts about November 17th in history!

What Happened On November 17 In History?

2014

The legislation was passed, allowing females to be appointed as bishops of The Church of England.

1989

This day marked the beginning of The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia.

The Velvet Revolution, also referred to as the Gentle Revolution, was a series of non-violent protests and demonstrations led by Prague students against the communist government. Riot police broke up this first demonstration, which sparked a series of ongoing student protests until December 29, 1989.
1922

The Ottoman Empire came to an end when the last Sultan Mehmed VI was exiled to Malta on a British warship.

1888

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 5th symphony was performed for the first time in St Petersburg, Russia.

The symphony is 50 minutes long and features the piccolo, 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones a tuba, timpani, and strings.
1855

Explorer David Livingstone became the first European to see Victoria Falls.

1800

The US Senate held its first session in the unfinished Capitol Building.

1798

Hundreds of people died after a New England Blizzard.

1603

Writer, explorer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial on this day for suspected treason.

Raleigh was imprisoned in the Tower of London until 1616 and was found not guilty of treason. The King pardoned him in 1617.
1558

Queen Elizabeth I was coronated and re-established the protestant Church of England.

OTD in 1558: Queen Elizabeth I was coronated and re-established the protestant Church of England.
It was a resettlement that became a compromise between Protestants and Catholics.
1278

All of London’s Jews (approx. 680) were accused and arrested for coin clipping and counterfeiting.

293 of them were later hanged.
Source Haaretz

Did you know that on this day, November 17th 1855, explorer David Livingstone became the first European to see Victoria Falls?