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17th of November
21st century
2016Nov 17
 
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Tesla shareholders approve a merger with SolarCity

SolarCity's business focuses on solar panels in the USA. After it merged with Tesla, it also started to offer energy storage services through Tesla. The idea behind the merger was Tesla's attempt to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy.

2016Nov 17
 
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Planet Coaster is released

Planet Coaster is a construction and management simulation video game developed and published by Frontier Developments for Microsoft Windows. There are three different modes in the game. In the career mode, players assume the role of a theme park manager, and must complete tasks such as constructing unfinished roller coasters or hiring janitors.

2016Nov 17
 
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"The Grand Tour" launches on Amazon Video

"The Holy Trinity" is the first episode of British motoring series The Grand Tour. It was made available exclusively through the Amazon Video streaming service. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, who previously presented as a trio on BBC Two motoring programme Top Gear, present the show.

2015Nov 17
 
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Star Wars Battlefront is released

Star Wars Battlefront is an action shooter video game developed by EA DICE, with additional work from Criterion Games, and published by Electronic Arts. The game, based on the Star Wars franchise, is the third major release in the Star Wars: Battlefront sub-series, and is considered a reboot to the previous games, instead of a sequel.

2015Nov 17
 
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American actor Charlie Sheen confirms he has HIV

Sheen publicly revealed that he was HIV positive, having been diagnosed roughly four years earlier. In an interview, he referred to the phrase HIV as "three hard letters to absorb". He manages his condition with a triple cocktail of antiretroviral drugs and said that it was impossible that he could have infected any of his partners.

2014Nov 17
 
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Revival of "Side Show" opens on Broadway

Side Show is a musical by Bill Russell and Henry Krieger based on the lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who became famous stage performers in the 1930s. Robert Longbottom directed and choreographed, and the cast starred Emily Skinner as Daisy and Alice Ripley as Violet.

2013Nov 17
 
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"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" opens on Broadway

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder is a musical comedy, with the book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and the music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. It is based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman. The show opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

2013Nov 17
 
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Sebastian Vettel wins eighth consecutive Formula One race

Sebastian Vettel driving for the Red Bull team achieved his 8th consecutive win and set a new F1 record for consecutive wins within a single season. As of 2016, this was the last race where all 3 drivers on the podium drove Renault-powered cars. He beat the previous record by Micahel Schumacher with 7 wins.

2011Nov 17
 
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Kim Cattrall stars in "Private Lives"

A revival at the Vaudeville Theatre in London was directed by Richard Eyre and starred Matthew Macfadyen as Elyot and Kim Cattrall as Amanda. This production then moved to North America, starring Cattrall and Paul Gross. It had tryouts in Toronto and opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre.

2011Nov 17
 
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Anno 2070 is released

Anno 2070 is a city-building and economic simulation game, with real-time strategy elements. It is the fifth game of the Anno series. It was released and co-developed by the German studios Related Designs and Blue Byte, and published by Ubisoft. Anno 2070 requires Uplay to operate.

2010Nov 17
 
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General Motors emerges from bankruptcy on Wall Street

General Motors achieved the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history, which reflected increasing confidence of investors that GM is getting over its unpopular, taxpayer-funded bankruptcy in June 2009 with significantly lower costs and higher profit potential.

2009Nov 17
 
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LittleBigPlanet is released

LittleBigPlanet is a 2009 puzzle platformer video game for the PlayStation Portable developed by SCE Cambridge Studio in conjunction with Media Molecule. An addition to the LittleBigPlanet franchise made exclusively for the PSP, featuring a brand new story mode.

2009Nov 17
 
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Assassin's Creed II is released

Assassin's Creed II is a 2009 action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the second major installment in the Assassin's Creed series, a sequel to 2007's Assassin's Creed, and the first chapter in the Ezio trilogy.

2008Nov 17
 
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The vampire romance movie "Twilight" goes to the cinema

Twilight was theatrically released and grossed over US$393 million worldwide. It was released on DVD in March 2009 and became the most purchased DVD of the year. Following the film's success, New Moon and Eclipse, the next two novels in the series, were produced as films the following year.

2005Nov 17
 
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"The Woman in White" opens on Broadway

The Woman in White is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel with a book by Charlotte Jones, based on the novel The Woman in White written by Wilkie Collins, and elements of The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens. It ran for nineteen months in the West End and three months on Broadway, making it one of Lloyd Webber's shortest-running shows.

2003Nov 17
 
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The youngest singer on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Spears became the best-selling teenage artist of all time and her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, six MTV Video Music Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Billboard Music Awards including the Millennium Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2002Nov 17
 
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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is released

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is a stealth video game developed by Ubi Soft Montreal and built on the Unreal Engine 2. It is the first Splinter Cell game in the series. Endorsed by author Tom Clancy, it follows the activities of NSA black ops agent Sam Fisher. The character of Fisher is voiced by actor Michael Ironside.

1990s
2000Nov 17
 
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Christmas movie "The Grinch" is released

The film received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success, spending four weeks at #1 in the United States and grossing $260 million in the United States and over $345 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing holiday film of all time, with Home Alone being the first.

2000Nov 17
 
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Tomb Raider Chronicles is released

Tomb Raider Chronicles is an action-adventure video game developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive for PlayStation, Microsoft Windows and Dreamcast. Following Tomb Raider: Gameplay follows Lara through linear levels, solving puzzles and fighting enemies. Some levels incorporate additional gameplay elements such as stealth.

1997Nov 17
 
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In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by Islamic militants

The killing was probably carried out by exiled leaders of an Egyptian Islamist organization, which attempted to undermine the nonviolence initiative, to devastate the Egyptian economy and force the government into repression, that would increase support for anti-government forces.

1994Nov 17
 
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"Sunset Boulevard" opens on Broadway

Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on Billy Wilder's Academy Award-winning film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street.

1991Nov 17
 
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The first condom commercial on U.S. television airs

The 1st condom commercial broadcast nationally was a 15-second spot for Trojan, which was the largest-selling brand of condoms back then. The spot was viewed by about 7 million households in the USA.

Cold-war era
1984Nov 17
 
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Wham! are at #1 on the US singles chart

"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" became Wham!'s first UK and US number one hit. The single was certified Platinum in the US, which at the time commemorated sales of over two million copies. In 2015, it was voted by the British public as the nation's 13th favorite 1980s number one in a poll for ITV.

1983Nov 17
 
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Author Christopher Paolini is born

Christopher James Paolini is an American author. He is the author of the Inheritance Cycle, which consists of the books Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance. Paolini's literary inspirations include the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and E.R. Eddison, as well as the epic poem Beowulf.

1980Nov 17
 
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John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK

Double Fantasy is a 1980 album released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The album was initially poorly received. However, following Lennon's murder three weeks after its release, it became a worldwide commercial success and went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year award at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards.

1973Nov 17
 
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Nixon insists that he is "not a crook"

Following the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon made a declaration of not being a crook, when he was asked about his involvement in the scandal, during a televised Q&A session with Associated Press editors.

1970Nov 17
 
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X-y position indicator

American engineer Douglas Engelbart patented his device for controlling a computer using detection of two-dimensional motions on the flat surface. The device had a long, tail-like cable. So Engelbart and his colleagues called it “mouse.” The body of the first computer mouse was made of wood. It had only one button.

1969Nov 17
 
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Strategic Arms Limitation Talks began

The Strategic Arms Limitations Talks between the USA and the Soviet Union took place in Helsinki. The first round so-called SALT I led to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and an interim agreement between the two countries.

1968Nov 17
 
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Heidi Game

The Heidi Game was a game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets. In the final minute, Oakland scored two touchdowns in and won the game 43–32. It got its name as NBC decided to break away from its coverage of the game on the east coast and broadcast the television film Heidi instead.

1968Nov 17
 
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British European Airways introduces the BAC One-Eleven

The BAC-111 was a British short-range jet airliner. Over half of its sales at launch were to the largest and most lucrative market, the U.S. After the French Sud Aviation Caravelle, it was the second short-range jet airliner to enter the service.

World War II
1944Nov 17
 
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American singer-songwriter Gene Clark is born

Harold Eugene "Gene" Clark was a founding member of the folk-rock band the Byrds. Clark was born in Tipton, Missouri, the third of 13 children in a family of Irish, German, and American Indian heritage. His family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where as a boy he began learning to play the guitar and harmonica from his father.

1944Nov 17
 
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American actor Danny DeVito is born

Daniel Michael DeVito is an American actor and filmmaker. He gained prominence for his portrayal of the taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma in the television series Taxi, which won him a Golden Globe and an Emmy. A major film star, he is known for his roles in Tin Men, Throw Momma from the Train, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Ruthless People.

1942Nov 17
 
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Director Martin Scorsese is born

Martin Charles Scorsese is an Italian and American filmmaker and historian, whose career spans more than 50 years. Scorsese's body of work addresses such themes as Sicilian-American identity, Roman Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, faith, machismo, modern crime, and gang conflict.

Interwar period
1933Nov 17
 
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United States recognizes Soviet Union

President Franklin Roosevelt established diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. The Soviets promised they would not engage in spying in the USA, however, did so anyhow. William Bullitt was named as the U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union.

1929Nov 17
 
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Data processing pioneer dies

American inventor Herman Hollerith died. He constructed the electromechanical tabulating machine. It was capable of summarizing data stored on punched cards. Hollerith developed the machine when he was working for the U. S. Census Bureau. Later he started his Tabulating Machine Company, which later developed in IBM.

World War I
1917Nov 17
 
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Auguste Rodin dies at 77

Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor. Rodin's most original work departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory. Prior to his death, he suffered weakness from influenza and congestion of the lungs. He died at his villa in Meudon, Île-de-France, on the outskirts of Paris.

19th century
1873Nov 17
 
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Rival cities of Buda and Pest unite

Pest-Buda became a global city with the unification of Buda, Óbuda, and Pest, with the name "Budapest" given to the new capital. Budapest also became the co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a great power that dissolved in 1918, following World War I.

1869Nov 17
 
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Shortcut to India

French Empress Eugénie opened the Suez Canal. Its construction took only ten years. The canal reduced journey from North Atlantic to the Indian Ocean by 7000 kilometers. Its original length was 164 kilometers. Suez Canal has two parts, north and south. They are divided by Great Bitter Lake. The lake is used for turning by the ships.

1839Nov 17
 
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Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberto" premieres in Milan

Oberto was Giuseppe Verdi's 1st opera and it premiered at the Teatro alla Scala, where it received only fair success. However, the opera had revivals over the following 3 years. The opera had two acts and the libretto was written by Temistocle Solera.

18th century
1790Nov 17
 
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Famous topologist is born

German mathematician and astronomer August Möbius was born. He made many contributions to mathematics. Most famous of them is the Möbius strip. It is a surface with only one side. It can be made by taking a paper strip, giving it a half twist and joining the ends. You can check that it has only one side with a pencil.

 

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