November 17 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1558 Elizabeth I aged 25, ascends the English throne upon death of her half sister, Queen “Bloody” Mary (SIND NOTE: Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne at age 25 years old also in 1952)

1800 Congress holds its 1st session in Washington, D.C. in an incomplete Capitol Building

1831 Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Greater Colombia

1855 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe

1869 Suez Canal in Egypt opens, linking Mediterranean and Red seas

1922 The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI, is expelled to Malta on a British warship

1970 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse

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