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November 17 historical events of the past; Read to find out more

The Suez Canal was officially opened on November 17, 1869. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On this date, November 17, several major events take place that the world has witnessed over the past decades. From actor Arnold Schwarzenegger being sworn in as governor of California to the declaration of martial law in Greece, the date is significant in the pages of history.

Big events on November 17

Suez Canal

One of the most popular and widely used sea routes in the world, the Suez Canal was officially opened on November 17, 1869. The construction of the route which helped reduce the distance between several countries was completed after 10 years .

Dalai Lama

After being proclaimed as the rebirth of the 13th Dalai Lama at the age of 2, Tenzin Gyatso was inducted into the highest post of a political leader in Tibet as the 14th Dalai Lama on November 17, 1950. C t was at the time when Tibet was facing occupation by the forces of the People’s Republic of China.

Lunar vehicle

It was November 17, 1970 when the Soviet Union’s robotic lunar rover – Lunokhod 1 became the first roving remote-controlled robot to land on the moon. Following this, the rover was driven by operators for the next ten months.

“I’m not a crook”: Nixon

It was in the midst of the heated Watergate scandal some forty years ago when then-US President Richard Nixon made the infamous remark “I’m not a crook”. His statement came at a press conference in Orlando as he was surrounded by charges related to the Watergate burglary and subsequent scandal.

Arnold Schwarzenegger sworn in as Governor of California

Austrian-born American bodybuilder and film actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as Governor of California on November 17, 2007. This was after a recall election was held and the incumbent governor was ousted.

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