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November 17

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
2004K-Mart announces the purchase of Sears, Roebuck & Co. for $11 billion.
 
2003Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as Governor of California.
 
1998Actress Esther Rolle dies of complication from diabetes in Los Angeles at age 77.
 
199770 tourists die as Islamic militants open fire at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt.
 
1995Actor Tony Randall, age 75, marries stage actress Heather Harlan, 25, in a civil ceremony officiated by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
 
1979Thirteen American hostages held at the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, are released.
 
1968With a little over a minute remaining in the televised NY Jets-Oakland Raiders football game, NBC preempts the remainder of the game and begins broadcasting the regularly-scheduled family movie, Heidi, causing an outrage among frustrated sports viewers.
Did you know? The Raiders were behind 29-32. Oakland scored two TDs in 9 seconds to win the game, 43-32. But viewers never got to see those outstanding plays! The NFL now requires coverage to continue in the home markets of both teams if the game runs late.

 
1962Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, is dedicated.
 
1934Future US president Lyndon Johnson marries Claudia Alta 'Lady Bird' Taylor.
 
1917Sculptor August Rodin (The Thinker) dies in Meudon, France, at age 77.
 
1869The 100-mile long Suez Canal, connecting the Red Sea with the Mediterranean, officially opens.
Did you know? Before this day, ships had to sail 4,000 miles around the horn of Africa to make the same journey.

 
1800  The first session of Congress is held in the still-under-construction US Capitol building.
 

Born today:

1980  Isaac Hanson - singer, guitarist (Hanson)

1968  Jeff Allen - keyboardist (Mint Condition)

1967  Ronnie DeVoe - singer (New Edition, Bell Biv DeVoe)

1966  Daisy Fuentes - actress, TV host

1958  Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - actress

1950  Roland Matthes - Olympic swimmer

1946  Martin Barre - guitarist (Jethro Tull)

1945  Elvin Hayes - basketball player

1944  Tom Seaver - baseball pitcher, sportscaster

1944  Danny DeVito - actor, director

1944  Lorne Michaels - producer (Saturday Night Live)

1943  Lauren Hutton - actress, model

1942  Martin Scorsese - film director

1941  The Byrds: Turn! Turn! Turn! (Sony)  


Gene Clark - singer, guitarist (The Byrds, New Christy Minstrels)
(photo credit: Sony)
 

1938  Gordon Lightfoot - singer, songwriter

1937  Peter Cook - actor, producer

1937  Jim Brewer - baseball pitcher

1930  Bob Mathias - track and field star

1925  Rock Hudson - actor

1916  Shelby Foote - Civil War historian

1914  Archie Campbell - singer, comedian

1901  Lee Strasberg - director, method acting teacher

1887  Bernard Montgomery - British Army commander during Normandy invasion (WWII)

1799  Titian Peale - artist

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Scorpio (The Scorpion)   Scorpio    

(The Scorpion)

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