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1973 - U.S.A. - - Nixon "I am not a crook"
1973: In a televised appearance President Richard Nixon told the nation today, "I am not a crook." referring to allegations concerning his involvement in the Watergate scandal.

17 Nov, 1920 - Great Britain - - Election
Numerous English Newspapers were thrilled with the outcome of current parliamentary elections. The journalist majority in England at this time was conservative, but word has it that liberal news outlets were also very satisfied with the election turnout.

1920 Turkey - - US Criticized
Turkish newspapers criticized the U.S., saying the United States was spreading "propaganda" against the country. Furthermore, American relief workers and missionaries were accused of attempting to start a war between the U.S. and Turkey.

1931 - U.S.A. - - Depression Starts To Bite
Following the Stock Market crash in 1929 and the start of the Great Depression Studies revealed that prices of consumer goods had dropped an estimated 17 percent from the previous year. Studies were conducted for the previous year from October to October. This study was done by the Department of Labor.


1944 - Finland - - Prime Minister
1944 : Cabinet reform took place upon the election of a new Finnish Prime Minister. This new premier's name was J.K. Paasikivi. He was very instrumental in the negotiations which lead to the armistice (cease-fire) between Moscow and Helsinki.

1950 - Tibet - - Dalai Lama
1950: 15-year-old Tenzin Gyatso, is enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama at age 15.

1953 - U.S.A. - - Care Facilities
Inadequate Care Facilities for Alcoholics and Mental Heath Patients in West Virginia At this time, not enough space was available to deal with both alcoholics and mental health patients. The five major facilities where people with severe drinking problems were held were running out of room to deal with chronic drunks, let alone people with other severe mental health conditions.

1953 - English Channel - - Ship Sinking
A collision in the English Channel between the Italian steamer Vittoria Claudia and the French ore carrier The Perou sinks the Vittoria Claudia so quickly that the lifeboats could not be launched leaving over 20 Italian seaman dead.

1966 - Vietnam - - Troop Pull Out
The beginning of a "pacification" drive was scheduled. The plan was to pull out all troops with the exception of the most experienced ones. This program was said to have been fully backed by the U.S. However, the Vietnam War did not officially end until the mid-1970s, with the U.S. being involved until at least the end of 1972. A peace treaty was signed in More News and Events From 1973, and fighting continued on between North and South Vietnam until 1975.


1970 - Space - - Moonrover
The Soviet Union's moonrover rolled over the moon's surface today, becoming the first roving remote-controlled robot to land on the moon.

1973 - Greece - - Marshal Law
Marshal Law was called upon to help curb student rioting violence occurring throughout the nation of Greece. Furthermore, a curfew was implemented in the city of Athens-where 300 were injured and 24 people were killed. Students were demonstrating in an effort to overthrow the dictatorial rule of the military government which had abolished civil rights and dissolved political opposition parties. A crowd of 10,000 people in Athens alone had attended these student-lead revolutionary crusades. Literally, these events nearly caused this city to shut down.

17 Nov, 1980 - Canada - - Clifford Robert Olson Serial Killer
1980 : Clifford Robert Olson begins his reign of terror when he abducts and kills 12-year-old Christine Weller. Between November 1980 and August 1981 he murders 11 children. He is caught and pleads guilty to the murders and is given 11 concurrent life sentences in 1982.


1985 - Colombia - - Armero
The town of Armero was established as a "Giant Cemetery". This decision was made in order to honor the several thousands of people who had lost their lives to the Nevado del Ruiz volcano.

1989 - Czechoslovakia - - Prague Protests
A demonstration with more than 15,000 protesters in Prague, Czechoslovakia calling for the resignation of the country's communist government, led by Milos Jakesis is forcibly broken up by Riot police using clubs and tear gas with hundreds arrested and dozens of protesters injured.

1990 - Chile - - Bomb
A bomb inside a softball blew up during a U.S.-Chile baseball game. A Canadian citizen was killed and two other people were wounded. This crime was allegedly committed by a Chilean member of the Palestine Liberation Organization. It was meant to attempt to scare President Bush from visiting there in December. Incidentally, an American Embassy official was one of the persons wounded.


1997 - Egypt - - Tourist Killed
A tourist bus visiting the temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor has been fired on by an Islamic extremist group leaving 60 Swiss and Japanese tourists dead. Following the attack there was a two hour gun battle with police where 6 gunmen were killed.

2000 - U.S.A. - - Kmart / Sears
Kmart Holdings corporation announced its intention to purchase Sears, Roebuck and Co. the merger of the two companies was completed in March, 2005 and the new company is named "The Sears Holdings Corporation"

2002 - Turkey - - Hijacker
A hijacker was seized while he tried to hijack a plane headed from Tel Aviv, Israel to Istanbul, Turkey. The terrorist was armed with a pen-knife, reported revealed. Fortunately, this terrorist incident had more of a victorious ending than others. All 170 passengers were saved, and the plane was landed safely.

2003 - U.S.A. - - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as the governor of California .


2003 - U.S.A. - - Washington Sniper
2003 : Ex-soldier John Muhammad is found guilty of one of a series of sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area in October 2002. Police charged that Muhammad and his 17-year-old accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, killed 10 people and wounded three others during a three-week killing spree. On 9th March 2004 he was sentenced to death .


2005 - U.S.A. - - Joseph Smith Convicted
Joseph Smith is convicted of kidnapping, raping and strangling 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, who was kidnapped from a car wash near her home in Sarasota, the abduction was captured by a car-wash security camera which was shown on TV and led to his arrest.


2006 - Holland - - Propose Banning The Burqa
The Dutch cabinet will be backing the proposal that was made by the country's immigration minister to ban Muslim women from wearing the burqa. The burqa, typically covers the body in public places, but can also obscure the face. The proposal means that it would be banned by law on the street, in trains, schools, buses and in the law courts. The cabinet said burqas are a disturbance to public order, citizens and safety. The Dutch parliament are still discussing the ban in 2010.

2007 - Saudi Arabia - - Opec Meeting
The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warns that oil prices could double if the US attacks Iran. Opening the summit of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), he said said the price of crude could reach $150 or even $200 a barrel. Oil has been hitting record peaks of well over $90 a barrel because markets believe that Opec will not boost production. The Opec summit in Saudi Arabia is only the organisation's third in 47 years.

2009 - Vietnam - - Four men killed by bomb left over from Vietnamese War
2009 : Police say that four men were killed when a bomb left over from the Vietnam War blew up when they tried to open it. The dead were in their Twenties and were two pairs of brothers. The event took place in Tay Ninh province. "They were killed on the spot," police said, "and we are investigating what sort of bomb it was." "The accident area was a target of US attacks in the war," said an official from the Don Thuan commune. Over 10,500 people have been killed in Vietnam's central provinces by bombs left over from the war.

2011 - United States - - Over 200 "Occupy Wall Street" Protesters Arrested in New York
Police arrested many Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City after they tried to march on the New York Stock Exchange. The march was supposed to go on as planned only two days after police cleared out their campground in Zuccotti Park. Police clashed with protesters and were accused of brutality, but several police officers were also injured.

2012 - Russia - - Russian Spacecraft Docks at International Space Station
About 70,000 protesters gathered to demonstrate against gay marriage and plans to legalize gay adoption in France. The country already allows same-sex civil unions, but President Hollande had promised to allow gay marriage.


2013 - Germany - - Nazi-Looted Art Collector Claims Ownership
2013 : The owner of over a thousand pieces of artwork believed to be stolen by the Nazis during World War II said that he will not voluntarily give up the art. Cornelius Gurlitt inherited the artwork from his father who had been an art dealer.


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Isaac Hanson Born: 17th November 1980 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Known For : Isac is the oldest brother and member of the Pop rock band Hanson, along with his younger brothers Taylor and Zac. The group came to prominence with the 1997 hit song "MMMBop" from the album Middle of Nowhere which earned three Grammy nominations, the band now records on their own label 3CG Records.
Danny DeVito
Born: 17th November 1944 New Jersey, U.S.
Known For : American actor, producer and director who is known for his roles on TV series ( Taxi ) and a number of movies including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Terms of Endearment, Twins, Batman Returns, Pulp Fiction. He has also had a successful career as a producer and director with movies including Erin Brockovich.