November 17

November 17 Holidays and Events


Historical Milestones

On November 17, a multitude of significant events have unfolded throughout history, each leaving an indelible mark on the global tapestry.

America on this day has witnessed key historical moments, like in 1800 when the U.S. Congress held its first session in an incomplete Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., following the Residence Act’s designation of the area as the nation’s capital. The importance of governance and the budding nation’s development is echoed in the actions of President Nixon, who, during a press conference on November 17, 1973, infamously declared, “I am not a crook,” addressing the growing Watergate scandal.

England also faced momentous occasions as on November 17, 1558, Elizabeth I ascended to the throne, heralding a reign that would come to define an era. This day in 1278 was grim for England’s Jewish population, as 293 were hanged for alleged counterfeiting.

Japan‘s rich history includes the Battle of Mizushima on November 17, 1183, wherein the Taira clan overcame the Minamoto, a clash instrumental in the narrative of Japan’s feuding samurai clans.

In Ecuador and Venezuela, November 17 marks the separation from Greater Colombia in 1831, a decisive step in the formation of their sovereign identities.

The Velvet Revolution began in Czechoslovakia on November 17, 1989. It was a peaceful protest that catalyzed the end of communist rule in Czechoslovakia and served as a pivotal moment in the liberation of Central and Eastern European countries from Soviet influence.


  • 1800: U.S. Congress meets in Washington, D.C. (Capitol Building).
  • 1973: Nixon denies his involvement in the Watergate scandal.
  • 1558: Elizabeth I becomes Queen of England.
  • 1183: Taira defeats Minamoto in Japan (Battle of Mizushima).
  • 1831: Ecuador and Venezuela leave Greater Colombia.

Deaths and Weddings do occur, but specific events of such on November 17 do not prominently influence historical discourse on this date.

While not exhaustive, these episodes illustrate November 17’s role as a witness to transformative events across different regions and eras.

Pop Culture


On November 17, notable personalities in music have been born, including Gemini Ganesan, a prominent Indian film actor and father to playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam. Ganesan’s influence spanned across Tamil cinema, playing a pivotal role in expanding its reach.

Film and Television

November 17 marks the birthday of director Martin Scorsese and actress Rachel McAdams. Scorsese’s distinguished career in filmmaking has been marked by classics such as ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Goodfellas’. McAdams has graced the screen in films like ‘The Notebook’ and ‘Mean Girls’.

RuPaul, an icon in television and drag culture, also celebrates a birthday on this day. Renowned for ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ RuPaul has significantly influenced pop culture and the acceptance of drag in mainstream media.

Auguste Rodin, though not directly linked to pop culture, was a French sculptor whose birthday falls on November 17. His works, like ‘The Thinker’, continue to inspire artists in and beyond the realm of visual arts.


In the realm of sports, November 17 witnessed a significant football game in 1968 between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets, resulting in a Raiders victory with a score of 43 to 32.

Significant Events

The beginning of the Velvet Revolution on November 17, 1989, in Czechoslovakia, set the stage for a new era of pop culture in the region, fostering artistic freedom and expression.

Politics and Society

Bal Thackeray, an influential Indian politician and founder of the Shiv Sena party, was born on November 17, leaving a complex legacy that intersected with regional and national cultural identities.

On this day, members of the Screen Actors Guild, representing a gamut of film and television actors, observe the anniversary of their founding, reflecting on milestones that have shaped entertainment industries around the globe.

Celebrations and Famous Birthdays

November 17th is notable not just for celebrations but also for being the birthdate of several prominent individuals from different spheres.

Famous Birthdays:

  • Actors: Rachel McAdams, known for her roles in films like “The Notebook” and “Mean Girls,” celebrates her birthday on this day. Accomplished actor Danny DeVito, recognized for his versatile performances, also shares this birth date.
  • Artists: French painter Auguste Rodin, famed for “The Thinker,” was born on November 17th.
  • Leaders: While not directly linked to November 17th, figures such as Catherine the Great, a historic ruler of Russia, are often commemorated for their influential leadership comparable to that of notable birthdays.
  • Entertainment: In the realm of entertainment, the day is also marked by the birth of Gemini Ganesan, a prominent figure in Tamil cinema, and TV host RuPaul.


  • Political: Key political milestones can be observed, such as the involvement of figures like Sir Walter Raleigh with the U.S. Congress, as November serves as a time when elections and congressional activities are often highlighted.

Notable Locations and Events:

  • The city of Washington, D.C., has no direct link to November 17th in terms of celebrations or key historical figures born on this day, but as the U.S. capital and seat of governance, it symbolizes the birth of political aspirations and leadership tied to individuals like governors and congressmen.

While the natural wonders like Victoria Falls or historical figures such as Charles VIII of France and Bal Thackeray are not directly associated with November 17th, their impact and memory resonate on a wide array of different dates and events celebrated across the globe.

New Zealand, with its own rich history and celebrations, does not specifically celebrate November 17th for any national event but continues to honor its own diverse set of notable figures and dates throughout the year.



The Zodiac sign for November 17 is Scorpio ♏.

Horoscope for November 17

Aries ♈
Today is a day for bold action, Aries...

Today is a day for bold action, Aries. Trust your instincts and take the lead. Your natural charisma will attract the right kind of attention.

Taurus ♉
Taurus, today is a time to focus on your personal growth...

Taurus, today is a time to focus on your personal growth. Embrace new opportunities and step out of your comfort zone. Your determination will lead you to success.

Gemini ♊
Gemini, communication is key today...

Gemini, communication is key today. Express yourself clearly and openly, and you'll find that others are receptive to your ideas. Stay flexible and adaptable.

Cancer ♋
Cancer, focus on nurturing your relationships today...

Cancer, focus on nurturing your relationships today. Show your loved ones how much you care and take time to listen to their needs. Your compassion will strengthen your bonds.

Leo ♌
Today is a day for creativity and self-expression, Leo...

Today is a day for creativity and self-expression, Leo. Let your passion guide you and don't be afraid to showcase your talents. Your confidence will inspire others.

Virgo ♍
Virgo, pay attention to your health and well-being today...

Virgo, pay attention to your health and well-being today. Take time for self-care and prioritize balance in all aspects of your life. Your attention to detail will serve you well.

Libra ♎
Libra, seek harmony in your interactions today...

Libra, seek harmony in your interactions today. Find common ground and strive for fairness in all your dealings. Your diplomacy will bring about positive resolutions.

Scorpio ♏
Scorpio, today is a day for introspection and self-discovery...

Scorpio, today is a day for introspection and self-discovery. Embrace transformation and trust in your inner strength. Your resilience will lead to personal growth.

Sagittarius ♐
Sagittarius, embrace adventure and spontaneity today...

Sagittarius, embrace adventure and spontaneity today. Open yourself up to new experiences and embrace the unknown. Your optimism will lead to exciting opportunities.

Capricorn ♑
Capricorn, focus on your goals and ambitions today...

Capricorn, focus on your goals and ambitions today. Stay disciplined and determined, and you'll make significant progress. Your perseverance will lead to long-term success.

Aquarius ♒
Aquarius, today is a day for innovation and original thinking...

Aquarius, today is a day for innovation and original thinking. Embrace your unique perspective and don't be afraid to challenge the status quo. Your creativity will shine.

Pisces ♓
Pisces, trust your intuition and inner wisdom today...

Pisces, trust your intuition and inner wisdom today. Pay attention to your dreams and subconscious messages. Your empathy will guide you in understanding others.

When is November 17?

No, it's not November 17 today. There are 209 days until November 17, 2024.

You can learn more about what day it is and what we celebrate today here.