This day in history

This day in history

Saturday, Nov. 17, is the 322d day of 2012. There are 44 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is 78. Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 74. Movie director Martin Scorsese is 70. Actress Lauren Hutton is 69. Actor Danny DeVito is 68. ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ producer Lorne Michaels is 68. Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver is 68. Movie director Roland Joffe is 67. Former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean is 64. House Speaker John Boehner is 63. Entertainer RuPaul is 52. US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is 48. Actress Sophie Marceau is 46. Actress Rachel McAdams is 34.

In 1558, Elizabeth I acceded to the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary.


In 1800, Congress held its first session in Washington in the partially completed Capitol building.

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In 1869, the Suez Canal opened in Egypt.

In 1917, French sculptor Auguste Rodin died in Meudon at age 77.

In 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 black and/or female American hostages being held at the US Embassy in Tehran.

In 1997, 62 people, most of them foreign tourists, were killed when militants opened fire at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt; the attackers were killed by police.