17 NOVEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Louis XVIII France, 1755
  • Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, 1887
  • Lee Strasberg, 1901
  • Mischa Auer, 1905
  • Soichiro Honda, 1906
  • Tiny Rowland, 1917
  • Rock Hudson, 1925
  • Peter Cook, 1937
  • Gordon Lightfoot, 1939
  • Martin Scorsese, 1942
  • Lauren Hutton, 1943
  • Tom Seaver, 1944
  • Danny DeVito, 1944
  • RuPaul, 1960
  • Sophie Marceau, 1966

Died On This Day:

  • Saint Margaret Queen of Scotland, 1093
  • Queen Mary I of England (Bloody Mary), 1558
  • Robert Owen, 1858
  • Auguste Rodin, 1917
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos, 1959
  • Dame Gladys Cooper, 1971
  • Gene Tunney, 1978
  • Sheilah Graham, 1988
  • Abba Eban, 2002
  • Doris Lessing, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1558 - Upon the death of Queen Mary I, 25 year-old Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII, ascends throne.
  • 1785 - First Church of England, King's Chapel in Boston ordains first minister James Freeman.
  • 1797 - First clock patent in America granted to Eli Terry of CT. for the equation clock.
  • 1800 - Congress has first session in new home in Washington, D.C. having moved from Philly.
  • 1825 - Longfellow's first poem 'The Battle of Lovell's Pond' first published in Portland Maine Gazette.
  • 1851 - Bald eagle appears on U.S. postage stamps for the first time.
  • 1869 - First ships pass through Suez Canal.
  • 1973 - President Nixon gives speech saying 'I am not a crook.'

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Dionysius of Alexandra
  • Gregory of Tours
  • Gregory the Wonderworker
  • Hilda (died today A.D. 680)
  • Hugh of Lincoln

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • THANKSGIVING DAY (U.S.) last Thursday of November.
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • HANUKKA also spelled CHANUKAH (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • ELEPHANT ROUNDUP AT SURIN, THAILAND celebrated third Sunday in November
  • ON-MATSURI, Yamato region harvest festival in Nara, Japan
  • CHICHIBU NO YO-MATSURI, Kabuki and fireworks in Japan

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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