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17th November

1558 Queen Elizabeth I of England ascended to the throne upon the death of Queen Mary.

1603 The trial of Sir Walter Raleigh began. He was falsely accused of treason.

1800 The US Congress met for the first time.

1869 The Suez Canal linking the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf of Suez on the Red Sea opened. This allowed water transport between Europe and Asia without circumnavigation of Africa.

1887 * Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery, English commander in N. Africa during World War 2.

1925 * Rock Hudson (Roy Scherer), US actor who starred with Doris Day in the film Pillow Talk (1962).

1937 * Peter Cook, English writer and actor.

1942 * Martin Scorsese, US film director of the film Raging Bull (1979).

1953 Twenty Italian sailors died following a collision between An Italian steamer Vittoria Claudia and French motor vessel Perou in the English Channel.

1954 King Farouk of Egypt was exiled and General Nasser became head of state.

1970 The unmanned Soviet spacecraft Luna 17 landed on the moon.

1986 The head of the Renault car company, Georges Besse, was assassinated outside his home in Paris.

1989 Riot police in Prague arrested hundreds of people taking part in the biggest show of public dissent in Czechoslovakia for 20 years.

1997 More than 60 people were killed by Egyptian militants in an attack on a group of foreign tourists visiting a temple in southern Egypt.

2003 An ex-soldier who served in the Gulf War is found guilty of at least one of the Washington sniper killings in October 2002. John Allen Muhammad, 42, may now face the death penalty.

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