November 17th

2010
The first Guantanamo detainee to face civilian trial, Ahmed Ghailani, was convicted by federal jury in New York on one charge of conspiracy related to 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Ghailani's native Tanzania.
Ahmed Ghailani
2008
The vampire romance movie "Twilight" premiered in Los Angeles.
Twilight (2008 film)
2003
Arnold Schwarzenegger sworn in as Californian Governor. The bodybuilder and actor best known for his role as a cyborg in the science fiction movie, The Terminator, replaced then Governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger was elected for another term as governor in 2007.
California gubernatorial recall election
1997
Six militants opened fire at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt, killing 62 people, most of them foreign tourists. The attackers were killed by police.
Luxor massacre
1989
Velvet Revolution begins. A week after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a demonstration of by students commemorating International Students Day in Prague was violently shut down by riot police. The incident led to mass strikes and nonviolent around the country that ended communist rule in erstwhile Czechoslovakia and paved the way for the first democratic elections in the country in 41 years.
Velvet Revolution
1973
Athens Polytechnic Uprising Ends. The popular protests against the military junta under Georgios Papadopoulos began on November 14 when students at the polytechnic went on a strike. On the morning of November 17, the military crashed into the campus grounds using a tank and put an end of the protests. While no one was thought to have been killed on the polytechnic campus, many people were killed in clashes around the city. Today, all schools and universities are closed on November 17 to commemorate the uprising.
Athens Polytechnic uprising
1970
The Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon.
Lunokhod programme
1968
Night of the "Heidi bowl:" NBC switched from football to movie of Heidi. In the missing 42 seconds, the lagging Raiders scored two touchdowns, defeating the Jets.
Heidi Game
1962
Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., was dedicated.
Washington Dulles International Airport
1934
Lyndon B. Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as "Lady Bird.".
Lady Bird Johnson
1922
The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire Mehmed VI is expelled to Malta on British warship.
Mehmed VI
1917
Sculptor Auguste Rodin died in Meudon, France.
Auguste Rodin
1869
Construction on Suez Canal finished. The 120 miles (193 kms) long artificial waterway connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea took 10 years to be built and was opened to ships. The canal connected Europe to Asia without ships having to go all the way around Africa.
Suez Canal
1858
The start of Modified Julian Date. Mostly used by astronomers and astrophysicists, the Modified Julian Date (MJD) is a dating method that is defined by subtracting 2,400,000.5 days from the current Julian date (JD), which is calculated by counting the number of days past since Noon January 1, 4713 B.C.E. The MJD gives the number of days past Midnight November 17, 1858. MJD was first used in 1957 by scientists at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to track satellites.
Julian day
1855
David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls
1831
Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Greater Colombia.
Gran Colombia
1800
Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C., in the partially completed Capitol building.
United States Capitol
1558
Queen Elizabeth I of England ascended to the throne upon the death of her half-sister Queen Mary.
Elizabeth I of England