17 November It Happened Today
1603 Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.
1796 Death of Catherine the Great of Russia.
1869 Suez Canal opened.
1904 The first underwater submarine journey is made from Southampton to the Isle of Wight.
1913 The Louise becomes the first ship to travel through the Panama Canal.
1917 Death of French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
1925 Birth of American actor Rock Hudson.