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On This Day in History - 17th November


1887Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
1924Sir Charles Mackerras, Chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
1925Rock Hudson, American film and television superstar
1937Peter Cook, Writer and comedian; partner to Dudley Moore
1939Auberon Waugh, English writer and journalist
1942Bob Gaudio, Of the Pop group 'The Four Seasons'
1942Martin Scorsese, American film director


1558Queen Mary I, known as 'Bloody Mary', died in St James's Palace London; succeeded by Elizabeth I
1800The United States Congress met for the first time
1869An Englishman, James Moore, won the first cycle race from Paris to Rouen
1869After work lasting ten years, the 100 mile long Suez Canal was opened
1917Auguste Rodin, the French sculptor of 'The Kiss' & 'The Thinker', died at Meudon near Paris
1955Anglesey in North Wales became the first authority in Britain to introduce fluoride into the drinking water
1997First user friendly cartoon