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This Day in History for November 17

This Day In History1603 – English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.

1800 – Congress holds its 1st session in Washington, D.C. in an incomplete Capitol Building.

1827 – The Delta Phi fraternity, America’s oldest continuous social fraternity, founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

1853 – Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections.

1862 – Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign.

1894 – Serial killer H.H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons.

1913 – 1st US dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1913 – The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

1928 – Notre Dame finally loses a football game at home after 23 years.

1931 – Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat “American Clipper”

1936 – Edgar Bergan & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio.

1953 – United States joins the United Nations in condemning Israel’s raid on Jordan on October 4, 1963.

1962 – US President JFK dedicates Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.

1967 – Surveyor 6 becomes 1st man-made object to lift off Moon.

1970 – Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse.

1973 – US President Richard Nixon tells AP “…people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. We’ll, I’m not a crook”

1982 – Dale Murphy wins NL MVP.

1988 – Neil Simon’s “Rumors” premieres in NYC.

1993 – US House of Representatives approve Nafta.

2004 – Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holding Corporation.

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