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This Day in History for November 17

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

1900—5th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 53-5 in Montgomery.

1904—George Cohan’s musical “Little Johnny Jones” premieres in NYC.

1914—US declares Panama Canal Zone neutral.

1927—Tornado hits Washington, DC.

1930—Musical “Sweet & Low” with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC.

1936—Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio.

1940—Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane.

1953—St. Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc.

1959—De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond.

1962—President Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport outside Washington, DC.

1968—“Heidi Game”, NBC cuts to show “Heidi” and misses Raider’s rally to beat Jets, 43-32.

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

1982—Dale Murphy wins NL MVP.

1985—35th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins.

1989—Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year KC Royal contract.

1992—Dateline NBC airs a demonstration show General Motors trucks, blowing up on impact, later revealed NBC rigged test.

1994—“Sunset Boulevard” opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 977 performances.

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

2013—Jimmie Johnson wins the NASCAR Spring Cup for the sixth time.

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