NOVEMBER 17 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1603 – English explorerwriter and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason on the 17th November 1603.

1800 – The United States Congress held its 1st session in Washington, D.C. on the 17th November 1800.

1855 – David Livingstone became the 1st European to see the Victoria Falls on the 17th November 1855, in what is now present-day ZambiaZimbabwe.

1925 – Rock Hudson the American actor was born on the 17th November 1925 (d. 1985).

1937 – Peter Cook the English comedian and actor was born on the 17th November 1937 (d. 1995).

1938 – Gordon Lightfoot the Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 17th November 1938.

1944 – Danny DeVito the American actor, director, and producer was born on the 17th November 1944.

1954 ~ Chopper Read the Australian former criminal and author was born Mark Brandon Read in Melbourne on the 17th November 1954 (died 9th October 2013 aged 58). Chopper Read wrote a series of semi-autobiographical and fictional crime novels, selling more than 500,000 books including Chopper: From the Inside (1991), Chopper 2: Hits and Memories (1992), Chopper 3: How to Shoot Friends & Influence People (1993), Chopper 4: For the Term of His Unnatural Life (1994), Chopper 5: Pulp Faction: Revenge of the Rabbit Kisser and Other Jailhouse Stories (1995), Chopper 6: No Tears for a Tough Guy (1996), Chopper 7: The Singing Defective (1997), Chopper 8: The Sicilian Defence (1998), Chopper 9: The Final Cut (1999), Chopper 10 1⁄2: The Popcorn Gangster (2001) and Hooky the Cripple children’s book.

Chopper Read Mark Brandon Australian infamous notorious criminal standover man Melbourne crime figure 2010 hat horseshoe moustache photo
The infamous Chopper Read in Elsternwick 2010 (photo by Anton K)

The 2000 Australian film Chopper was based on Chopper Read’s life, played by stars Eric Bana. Official website: | YouTube video: Chopper the movie trailer…

Anton K & Chopper Read Mark Brandon Melbourne movie preview 2010 hats black & white photo
Anton K with the infamous Chopper Read in Elsternwick 2010

1960Jonathan Ross the English television and radio presenter was born on the 17th November 1960.

1965 – Amanda Brown the Australian violinist and composer from The Go-Betweens was born on the 17th November 1965.

1966 – Jeff Buckley the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 17th November 1966 (d. 1997).

1966 – Kate Ceberano the Australian singer-songwriter and actress was born on the 17th November 1966.

1969Tania Zaetta the Australian actress and television presenter who acts in Bollywood was born on the 17th November 1969. Tania Zaetta’s official website:

1980 – Isaac Hanson the American singer-songwriter and guitarist  from Hanson was born on the 17th November 1980.

1994 – Raquel Castro the American actress and singer was born on the 17th November 1994.

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