On November 17:
Christopher Columbus landed on Puerto Rico
Elizabethan era began when Queen Mary I of England died and was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I of England.
1603 English explorer, writer, and
courtier Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.
United States Congress holds its first session in Washington, D.C.
José Miguel Carrera, Chilean founding father, was sworn in as President of the executive Junta of the government of Chile.
Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.
David Livingstone became the first European to see the Victoria Falls.
Russian Social Democratic Labor Party split into two groups; the Bolsheviks ( Russian for “majority”) and Mensheviks (Russian for “minority”).
George V of the United Kingdom proclaimed Armistice Day (later Remembrance Day). The idea was first suggested by Edward George Honey.
Bert Sutcliffe, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
Rock Hudson, American actor, was born.
New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition opened in Dunedin.
Peter Cook, British comedian, was born.
Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian singer, was born.
Auberon Waugh, British author, was born.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was enthroned as the leader of Tibet at the age of fifteen.
1953 The remaining human inhabitants of the
Blasket Islands, Kerry, Ireland were evacuated to the mainland.
Douglas Engelbart received the patent for the first computer mouse.
Zoë Bell, New Zealand actress-stuntwoman, was born.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.