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November 17th History

November 17 History

1603 - Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.

1798 - Irish nationalist leader Wolfe Tone commits suicide while in jail awaiting execution.

1880 - The first three British female graduates receive their Bachelor of Arts degrees from London University.

1903 - In London, Russia's Social Democrats officially split into two groups Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.

1904 - The first underwater submarine journey is undertaken from Southampton to the Isle of Wight.

1913 - The steamship Louise becomes the first ship to travel through the Panama Canal.

1913 - In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm bans the armed forces from dancing the tango.

1922 - Siberia votes for union with the USSR

1970 - The unmanned Soviet spaceship Luna 17 landed on the Moon.

1970 remote controlled roving robot on moon
First roving remote controlled robot to land on another world

1970 - The Soviet Union successfully landed a remote-controlled roving robot on the moon, making it the first roving robot from Earth to land on another astronomical object. The robot was the Lunokhod 1, designed by Alexander Kemurdzhian & weighed just under 2,000 pounds. The goal was for Lunokhod 1 to operate for three lunar days or three Earth months, but it was in action for 11 lunar days.

1990 -  A mass grave, believed to be that of World War Two prisoners of war, is discovered by the infamous bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand.

2010 - Scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider near Geneva trap antimatter for the first time in human history.