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November 17th Today's Highlights in History

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Tuesday, November 17th
The 321st day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Nov. 17, 1973, President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Fla., that ``people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook.'' (Go to article.)

On Nov. 17, 1901, Lee Strasberg, the director who pioneered the technique of "method acting", was born. Following his death on Feb. 17, 1982, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On November  17, 1860, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about local militia on training day. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1558    Elizabeth I ascended to the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary.

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

1869    The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.

1917    French sculptor Auguste Rodin died at age 77.

1934    Lyndon B. Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as "Lady Bird."

1962    Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.

1968    NBC outraged football fans by cutting away from the final minutes of a game to air a TV special, "Heidi," on schedule. Viewers were deprived of seeing the Oakland Raiders come from behind to beat the New York Jets 43-32.

1970    The Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon.

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

1998    Israel's parliament overwhelmingly approved the Wye River land-for-peace accord with the Palestinians.

2000    The Florida Supreme Court froze the state's presidential tally, forbidding Secretary of State Katherine Harris to certify results of the marathon vote count in the race between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore.

2001    The Taliban confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden's military chief Mohammed Atef in an airstrike three days earlier.

2003    John Allen Muhammad was convicted of two counts of capital murder in the Washington-area sniper shootings. (He was later sentenced to death and executed.)

2003    Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California.

2005    A jury in Sarasota, Fla., convicted mechanic Joseph Smith of kidnapping, raping and strangling 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose abduction had been captured by a car-wash security camera. (Smith was later sentenced to death.)

2006    Hall of Fame college football coach Bo Schembechler died at age 77.

Current Birthdays

Martin Scorsese turns 67 years old today.

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill Director Martin Scorsese turns 67 years old today.

75    James Inhofe
U.S. senator, R-Okla.

71    Gordon Lightfoot

68    Bob Gaudio
Singer, songwriter (The Four Seasons)

66    Lauren Hutton

65    Jim Boeheim
College basketball coach

65    Danny DeVito

65    Lorne Michaels
TV producer ("Saturday Night Live")

65    Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Famer

64    Elvin Hayes
Basketball Hall of Famer

64    Roland Joffe

61    Howard Dean
Democratic Party chairman

58    Stephen Root
Actor ("NewsRadio," "Office Space")

52    Jim Babjak
Rock musician (The Smithereens)

51    Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

50    William Moses

49    RuPaul

46    Dylan Walsh

43    Daisy Fuentes
Actress, model

43    Sophie Marceau

42    Ronnie DeVoe
R&B singer (New Edition; Bell Biv DeVoe)

42    Ben Wilson
Rock musician (Blues Traveler)

37    Leonard Roberts

36    Leslie Bib

33    Brandon Call

32    Aaron Lines
Country singer

31    Rachel McAdams
Actress ("The Notebook," "Mean Girls")

31    Reggie Wayne
Football player

29    Isaac Hanson
Rock musician (Hanson)

26    Ryan Braun
Baseball player

21    Justin Cooper

Historic Birthdays

Lee Strasberg

11/17/1901 - 2/17/1982
American film director
(Go to obit.)

69    Angelo Bronzino
11/17/1503 - 11/23/1572
Italian painter

91    Joost van den Vondel
11/17/1587 - 2/5/1679
Dutch poet

64    Pierre Gaultier La Verendrye
11/17/1685 - 12/5/1749
French-Canadian soldier, fur trader and explorer

68    Louis XVIII
11/17/1755 - 9/16/1824
French king (1814-24)

71    Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes
11/17/1895 - 12/10/1966
Mexican novelist

84    Isamu Noguchi
11/17/1904 - 12/30/1988
American sculptor

61    Mischa Auer
11/17/1905 - 3/5/1967
American actor

59    Rock Hudson
11/17/1925 - 10/2/1985
American actor

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