November 17 is the 321st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 44 days remaining until the end of the year. In the XX and XXI centuries, this day corresponds to November 4 of the Julian calendar.
What a holiday on November 17 / photo UNIAN
This day marks the International Students’ Day, International Day of Premature Babies, World Guinness World Records Day, International Goze Beer Day, World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day, World Geographic Information Systems Day.
In Ukraine – Student’s Day, in the USA – Hiking Day (Hiking Day), Electronic Greeting Card Day, Educational Staff Day, Baklava Day, Zinfandel Wine Day, Hostility Day, Homemade Bread Day, Peace Day, Mermaid Day, in Myanmar – Festival of Paper Lanterns and Flaming Balloons “Tazaundain”, in Kyrgyzstan – the Day of Kyrgyz Cinema, in Germany – the Day of Repentance and Prayer, in Japan – the Day of Japanese Chess “Segi”, in Armenia – the Day of the Military Medical Worker, in the Czech Republic, Slovakia – the Day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy, in the Marshall Islands – President’s Day, in Azerbaijan – National Revival Day, in India – Martyrs’ Day in Odysseus, in Greece – Polytechnic Day.
Memorable dates of November 17, anniversaries and events
In 1800, the US Congress first met in Washington.
In 1869, on this day, the official opening of the Suez Canal for navigation took place. It connects the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The first to cross the canal was the yacht “Eagle”, on board which were the French Empress Eugene, wife of Napoleon III, and the main builder of the canal – the French engineer Viscount Ferdinand Marie de Lesseps. In the early stages of construction work, earthworks were carried out using forced labor of the poor of Egypt.
From a technical point of view, the construction, which took 11 years, was not too complicated: it was just a ditch 163 km long, without any locks. However, the project literally ruined Egypt, and in 1876 the country was declared bankrupt. This led to the establishment of financial control over it by creditor states – France and England. The channel attached immediate and invaluable importance to world trade. The first transcontinental railway was put into operation six months earlier, and the whole world could now be circumnavigated in record time. The canal allowed water transport to pass in both directions between Europe and Asia without bypassing Africa.
Prior to the opening of the canal, transportation was carried out by unloading ships and land transportation between the Mediterranean and Red Seas. The canal also played an important role in the expansion and subsequent colonization of Africa. Today, the Suez Canal is Egypt’s main budget-generating project. According to experts, the canal gives the country even more money than oil production, and much more than a developed tourism infrastructure.
In 1970, after a soft landing on the surface of the Moon near the Sea of Rains of the space station “Luna-17”, the “Moonwalker-1” went on a journey on the Earth’s satellite.
In 1996, Australian Craig McGarry drove a wheelchair with his son on a 10-kilometer route in 38 minutes and 38 seconds.
What a church holiday today
On November 17, the Orthodox Church honors the memory of Presbyter Hermes and Bishop Nikander of the world. The people called the day “Jeremiah – stay home.”
What not to do today
The people consider the day unlucky. It is better not to leave the house without special need and not to start any business. It is believed that on November 17 all the spirits are released and try to enter the house. You can’t lend anything. The day is not suitable for weddings, lawsuits and close communication with strangers. It is believed that if you play a wedding today, the young people will soon divorce, and if you make a deal, its result will not succeed. It is very important to stay calm.
Signs on November 17th
Folk signs today / Photo ua.depositphotos.com
From time immemorial there are weather signs on this day:
- fog – to thaw, hoarfrost on trees and grass – to cold;
- a lot of snow fell – there will be a good winter harvest;
- the snow has fallen and is not melting – there will be a lot of snowdrops in the spring.
Birthday on November 17
Nikandra, Ivan, Stepan, Oleksandr, Mykola, Ilya and Yevhenia have birthdays.
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