John Allen Muhammad is unanimously convicted of all four counts in the indictment against him, including two charges of capital murder, committed during the October 2002 sniper shootings in the Washington, DC, metro area. The jury is currently deciding whether Muhammad will be sentenced to death or to life in prison. //www.guardian.co.uk/usguns/Story/0,2763,1087587,00.html
Coca eradication: The White House Drug Policy Office claims the area planted with coca in Peru and Bolivia combined fell by 35 kmsup2/sup in the year up to June, suggesting that the coca eradication program in neighboring Colombia was not driving production over the borders. But the US figures were very different from preliminary estimates in September by the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Colombia, which suggested output in Peru and Bolivia may have risen by as much 21 per cent that year.//www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2730872a12,00.html
Friday, November 17, 2000
Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru.
Catastrophical landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills seven, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.
An Avioimpex Yakovlev Yak-42D crashes into Mount Trojani near Ohrid, Macedonia. The aircraft was on a flight from Geneva, Switzerland to Skopje, but had been diverted to Ohrid due to poor weather conditions at the Skopje airport. All 8 crew members and 115 of the 116 passengers are killed.
Saturday, November 17, 1990
Soviet Presiden Gorbachev proposes a radical restructuring of the Soviet government, including the creation of a Federal Council to be made up of the heads of the 15 Soviet republics.
November 19–21 ndash Leaders of Canada, the United States, and 32 European nations meet in Paris to formally mark the end of the Cold War.
Cold War ndash Velvet Revolution: A peaceful student demonstration in Prague, Czechoslovakia is severely beaten back by riot police. This sparks a revolution aimed at overthrowing the Communist government (it succeeds on December 29).
Cold War: Negotiators from the Soviet Union and the United States meet in Helsinki, to begin the SALT I negotiations aimed at limiting the number of strategic weapons on both sides.
The United States Senate votes down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement Haynsworth, the first such rejection since 1930.
The first ARPANET link is established (the progenitor of the global Internet).
U.S. President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato agree in Washington, D.C. to the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. retains rights to military bases on the island, but they must be nuclear-free.
Richard Oakes returns with 90 followers and offers to buy Alcatraz for $24 (he leaves the island January 1970).
Apollo program: "Apollo 12" astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms), becoming the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon.
Soccer great Pelé scores his 1,000th goal.
Vietnam War: "The Plain Dealer" publishes explicit photographs of dead villagers from the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.
Sunday, November 17, 1968
The Heidi game: NBC cuts off the final 1:05 of an Oakland Raiders–New York Jets football game to broadcast the pre-scheduled "Heidi". Fans are unable to see Oakland (which had been trailing 32–29) score 2 late touchdowns to win 43–32 as a result, thousands of outraged football fans flood the NBC switchboards to protest.
Saturday, November 17, 1962
In Washington, D.C., U.S. President John F. Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport.
November 19 ndash The Hudson's Bay Company surrenders its claim to Rupert's Land in Canada under its letters patent back to the British Crown.ref name=CBH/
Tuesday, November 17, 1863
American Civil War ndash The Siege of Knoxville begins: Confederate forces led by General James Longstreet place Knoxville, Tennessee under siege (the 2-week-long siege and 1 failed attack are unsuccessful).
Wednesday, November 17, 1858
Homosexuality legalised in Ottoman Empire.
Feudalism and serfdom in Bulgaria are abolished in the Ottoman Empire (practically in 1880).
The trade monopoly with Iceland is transferred to the Danish crown.
The North Carolina General Assembly passes an act establishing the town of Martinsborough, named for Royal Governor Josiah Martin, on the land of Richard Evans, which will serve as the county seat of Pitt County.
Construction of the Putuo Zongcheng Temple complex in Chengde, China is completed during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor.
To pay for the expenses of the revived war with Republic of Venice, the Republic of Genoa has to subscribe a loan at an interest rate of 10% from an association of creditors known as the "Compera imposita per gerra Venetorum".
Gratian, age 16, takes over the government at "Augusta Treverorum" (modern Trier), but ministers wishing to retain the loyalty of the Illyrian army and fearing a usurper. They proclaim Valentinian's 4-year-old son Valentinian II co-emperor with his mother, Justina, as regent. Gratian reserves for himself the administration of the Gallic provinces, and hands over Italy, Illyrium, Hispania and Africa to his stepmother, who makes "Mediolanum" (Milan) her residence.
Emperor Valentinian I concludes an enduring peace with the Alamanni in Germany, then marches into Illyrium to repel an invasion of the Quadi and the Sarmatians on the Danube frontier. While negotiating with the Quadi, Valentinian, age 54, becomes so enraged that he dies in a fit of apoplexy at Brigetio (Hungary). Extreme cruelty has marked his 11-year reign but has founded schools and provided physicians to serve the poor of Constantinople.
The Quadi accept an uneasy peace, Merobaudes ("Magister militum"), gives them land to settle on the Danube.