A to Z This Day in World History | November 17th

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Here are some historical events that happened on November 17:

1558: Elizabeth I acceded to the English throne.

1869: The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.

1911: The Omega Psi Phi fraternity, the first African-American fraternity at a historically black college, was founded at Howard University.

1970: The Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle called Lunokhod 1 on the Moon.

1973: The Watergate scandal hearings began in the United States.

1989: Velvet Revolution began in Czechoslovakia, leading to the end of 41 years of communist rule.

2003: The world’s first space tourist, American businessman Dennis Tito, returned to Earth aboard the Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-32.

2014: The Rosetta mission’s Philae lander successfully landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, marking the first time a spacecraft had landed on a comet.

These are just a few examples, and many more events, both significant and minor, have occurred on November 17 throughout history.

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