Today in history - Nov. 17
Today is Friday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2006. There are 44 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 17, 1800, Congress held its first session in Washington in the partially completed Capitol building.
On this date:
In 1558, Elizabeth I ascended the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary.
In 1869, the Suez Canal opened in Egypt.
In 1889, the Union Pacific Railroad Co. began direct, daily railroad service between Chicago and Portland, Ore., as well as Chicago and San Francisco.