Today in History: Nov. 17

This is an illustration of the view looking West up Pennsylvania Ave from Capitol Hill, 1810, Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)
In 1800, Congress held its first session in the partially completed U.S. Capitol building. This is an illustration of the view looking west up Pennsylvania Avenue from Capitol Hill, 1810, Washington, D.C. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
This is a map of the Suez Canal, the vital 103-mile waterway which President Nasser has taken under his control shown Sept. 16, 1956.  (AP Photo)
In 1869, the Suez Canal opened in Egypt. It is shown here in a map dated Sept. 16, 1956. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
**FILE** Maintenance workers guide a Union Pacific Railroad locomotive through the company's fuel yard in north Denver in this Oct. 18, 2006 file photo. Railroad operator Union Pacific Corp. reported Thursday, July 19, 2007 that its second-quarter earnings rose 14 percent on strong commodity revenue.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
In 1889, the Union Pacific Railroad Co. began direct, daily railroad service between Chicago and Portland, Oregon, as well as Chicago and San Francisco. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file) (AP/DAVID ZALUBOWSKI)
Auguste Rodin's famed sculpture "The Thinker" is seen Dec.3,1992 at the Rodin Museum in Paris. The six-feet-tall work was to leave France for the dfirst time in 1993 to be centerpiece in a retrospective exhibit of Rodin's work in China.(AP photo/remy de la Maucviniere/stf)
In 1917, French sculptor Auguste Rodin died in Meudon at age 77. Rodin’s famed sculpture “The Thinker” is seen here on Dec.3,1992 at the Rodin Museum in Paris. (AP photo/remy de la Maucviniere/stf) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/REMY DE LA MAUVINIERE))
President Richard Nixon speaks near Orlando, Fla. to the Associated Press Managing Editors annual meeting, Nov. 17, 1973.  Nixon told the APME "I am not a crook." (AP Photo)
In 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Florida: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.” (AP Photo)   (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Anonymous)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, looks at a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, during a visit to Westminster Abbey and Westminster School, on the 450th anniversary of the granting of their Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I, in London, Friday May 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Dominic Lipinski, pool)
In 1558, Elizabeth I acceded to the English throne upon the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary, beginning a 44-year reign. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, looks at a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, during a visit to Westminster Abbey and Westminster School, on the 450th anniversary of the granting of their Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I, in London, Friday May 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Dominic Lipinski, pool) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Dominic Lipinski)
Al Franken
In 2017, Sen. Al Franken apologized to the woman who had accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour; the Minnesota Democrat said he remembered the encounter differently. FILE – In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid, on her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken is accused of forcibly kissing a woman while rehearsing for a 2006 USO tour; Franken also was photographed with his hands over her breasts as she slept wearing a flak vest. He has apologized, while maintaining that he remembered the rehearsal differently. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) (AP/Alex Brandon)
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This is an illustration of the view looking West up Pennsylvania Ave from Capitol Hill, 1810, Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)
This is a map of the Suez Canal, the vital 103-mile waterway which President Nasser has taken under his control shown Sept. 16, 1956.  (AP Photo)
**FILE** Maintenance workers guide a Union Pacific Railroad locomotive through the company's fuel yard in north Denver in this Oct. 18, 2006 file photo. Railroad operator Union Pacific Corp. reported Thursday, July 19, 2007 that its second-quarter earnings rose 14 percent on strong commodity revenue.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
Auguste Rodin's famed sculpture "The Thinker" is seen Dec.3,1992 at the Rodin Museum in Paris. The six-feet-tall work was to leave France for the dfirst time in 1993 to be centerpiece in a retrospective exhibit of Rodin's work in China.(AP photo/remy de la Maucviniere/stf)
President Richard Nixon speaks near Orlando, Fla. to the Associated Press Managing Editors annual meeting, Nov. 17, 1973.  Nixon told the APME "I am not a crook." (AP Photo)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, looks at a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, during a visit to Westminster Abbey and Westminster School, on the 450th anniversary of the granting of their Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I, in London, Friday May 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Dominic Lipinski, pool)
Al Franken

Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2018.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Florida: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

On this date:

In 1558, Elizabeth I acceded to the English throne upon the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary, beginning a 44-year reign.

In 1800, Congress held its first session in the partially completed U.S. Capitol building.

In 1869, the Suez Canal opened in Egypt.

In 1889, the Union Pacific Railroad Co. began direct, daily railroad service between Chicago and Portland, Oregon, as well as Chicago and San Francisco.

In 1917, French sculptor Auguste Rodin (roh-DAN’) died in Meudon at age 77.

In 1947, President Harry S. Truman, in an address to a special session of Congress, called for emergency aid to Austria, Italy and France. (The aid was approved the following month.)

In 1979, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 black and/or female American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

In 1987, a federal jury in Denver convicted two white supremacists of civil rights violations in the 1984 slaying of radio talk show host Alan Berg. (Both men later died in prison.)

In 1997, 62 people, most of them foreign tourists, were killed when militants opened fire at the Temple of Hatshepsut (haht-shehp-SOOT’) in Luxor, Egypt; the attackers were killed by police.

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

In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the 38th governor of California.

In 2006, former “Seinfeld” star Michael Richards unleashed a barrage of racial epithets during a stand-up routine at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood.

Ten years ago: In their first meeting since the election, Barack Obama and former rival John McCain met at the president-elect’s transition headquarters in Chicago, where they pledged to work together on ways to change Washington’s “bad habits.” St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols won his second NL MVP award.

Five years ago: Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities, killing more than half a dozen people. A Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 crashed 450 miles east of Moscow, killing all 50 people on board. Doris Lessing, 94, an independent and often irascible author who won the Nobel Prize in 2007, died in London.

One year ago: Sen. Al Franken apologized to the woman who had accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour; the Minnesota Democrat said he remembered the encounter differently. The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed that he had been receiving outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease. Argentina’s Navy said it had lost contact with a submarine carrying 44 crew members off the country’s southern coast; an explosion occurred near the time and place where the sub went missing. (Argentina eventually gave up hope of finding survivors; the search for the sub was unsuccessful.)

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