On This Day In History, 17 November

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World Events Today

  • Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen and Good Queen Bess, became Queen of England and Ireland today in 1558
  • The 3 towns of Buda, Obuda and Pest, united to form the city of Budapest today in 1873, the new capital of Hungary
  • Cormac Gollogly and Richard Dowling became the first same-sex couple to get married in Ireland today in 2015

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Marx Brothers film Duck Soup, directed by Leo McCarey, was released today in 1933
  • The first part of the two-part Salem’s Lot miniseries, was aired on the CBS network today in 1979
  • The American actor Charlie Sheen revealed he was HIV positive today in 2015, he was diagnosed about 4 years previously

Family Events Today

  • Roy Harold Scherer Junior, better known as the American actor Rock Hudson Jr., was born today in 1925 in Beverley Hills
  • Peter Edward Cook, better known as the English satirist and comedic actor Peter Cook, was born today in 1937, in Torquay
  • The American-Italian filmmaker, actor and historian, Martin Charles Scorsese, whose career has spanned more than 50 years, was born today in 1942 in New York City

Main Event Today

  • The Suez Canal, a waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, was officially opened today in 1869, it shaved up to 9,000 kilometers, well over 5,000 miles, off many sea journeys

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Homemade Bread Day

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