Today is Wednesday, November 17, the 321st day of 2021. There are 44 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On November 17, 1997, 62 people, most of them foreign tourists, were killed when militants opened fire on the temple of Haht-shehp-SOOT ‘) in Luxor, Egypt; the attackers, who also hacked their victims, were killed by the police.
To this date :
In 1558, Elizabeth I ascended to the throne of England upon the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary, beginning a reign of 44 years.
In 1800, Congress held its first session in the partially completed United States Capitol building.
In 1869, the Suez Canal was opened in Egypt.
In 1889, the Union Pacific Railroad Co. began direct daily rail service between Chicago and Portland, Oregon, as well as Chicago and San Francisco.
In 1969, the first round of strategic arms limitation talks between the United States and the Soviet Union opened in Helsinki, Finland.
In 1970, the Soviet Union landed an unmanned remote control vehicle on the moon, the Lunokhod 1.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon told the Associated Press editors in Orlando, Florida: “People need to know whether their president is a con man or not. Well, I am not a con artist.
In 1979, Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 black and / or American hostages held at the United States Embassy in Tehran.
In 1989, Walt Disney’s animated feature “The Little Mermaid” was released in large format.
In 2002, Abba Eban, the statesman who helped persuade the world to approve of the creation of Israel and dominated Israeli diplomacy for decades, died near Tel Aviv; he was 87 years old.
In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the 38th Governor of California.
In 2018, the Argentine Navy announced that researchers had found a submarine that had gone missing a year earlier with 44 crew members on board; the government said it would be unable to recover the ship.
Ten years ago: Occupy Wall Street protesters clogged streets and blocked traffic in the United States to mark two months since the movement’s birth and signal they were not ready to step down, despite the the destruction of many of their camps by the police. Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL Cy Young Award. Demi Moore has said she is ending her 6-year marriage to Ashton Kutcher.
Five years ago: President-elect Donald Trump, at Trump Tower in New York, held his first meeting with a world leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and received advice from former secretary of state American Henry Kissinger.
A year ago: President Donald Trump sacked the country’s top election security official, Christopher Krebs, who refuted Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud and guaranteed the integrity of the vote. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said the United States would reduce troop strengths in Iraq and Afghanistan to around 2,500 in each country by mid-January, accelerating troop withdrawals during of Trump’s last days in power. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California was easily re-elected as the Republican House leader. The White House Coronavirus Task Force has warned of an “aggressive” and “relentless” spread of the coronavirus as the nation heads into the Thanksgiving holiday. U.S. regulators have cleared emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that could be done entirely at home and provided results in 30 minutes.
Today’s Birthdays: Senator James Inhofe R-Okla., Is 87 years old. Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 83 years old. Singer-songwriter Bob Gaudio is 80 years old. Director Martin Scorsese is 79 years old. Actress Lauren Hutton is 78 years old. Actor-director Danny DeVito is 77 years old. “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels is 77 years old. Director Roland Joffe is 76 years old. Former Democratic National President Howard Dean is 73 years old. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner is 72 years old. Actor Stephen Root is 70 years old. Rock musician Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) is 64. Actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is 63 years old. Actor William Moses is 62 years old. Artist RuPaul is 61 years old. Actor Dylan Walsh is 58 years old. Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice is 57 years old. Actress Sophie Marceau is 55 years old. Model actress Daisy Fuentes is 55 years old. Blues singer / musician Tab Benoit is 54 years old. R&B singer Ronnie DeVoe (New Edition; Bell Biv DeVoe) is 54 years old. Rock musician Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) is 54 years old. Actor David Ramsey is 50 years old. Actor Leonard Roberts is 49 years old. Actor Leslie Bibb is 48. Actor Brandon Call is 45 years old. Country singer Aaron Lines is 44 years old. Actress Rachel McAdams is 43 years old. Rock musician Isaac Hanson (Hanson) is 41 years old. Former MLB outfielder Ryan Braun is 38. Actor Justin Cooper is 33 years old. Musician Reid Perry (The Band Perry) is 33 years old. Actress Raquel Castro is 27 years old.