November 17: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On November 17, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The 321st day of the Gregorian calendar is November 17th. On this day in history, Peruvian Prime Minister Alberto Fujimori was deposed, the US Congress enacted a resolution establishing the North American Free Trade Agreement, and John Balliol was crowned King of Scotland.

The 17th of November falls under the sign of Scorpio. Gender-bending entertainer Ru Paul, Martin Scorsese, and actress Lauren Hutton are all born on November 17th. National Unfriend Day, National Hiking Day, and National Adoption Day are all celebrated today.


(November 17, 1800)
The United States Congress met for the first time in Washington, D.C. photo source:


(November 17, 1869)
The Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, is opened in Egypt. photo source:

(November 17, 1871)
New York state granted the National Rifle Association a charter; the NRA's founding mission was to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific foundation," and it later became a strong proponent of gun rights. photo source:

(November 17, 2003)
Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, an Austrian-born American bodybuilder and film actor, was elected governor of California in 2003 following the recall of the incumbent governor. photo source:

(November 17, 2014)
Females can now be ordained as bishops in the Church of England, according to legislation passed in the UK. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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