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Birthdays: November 17

Many readers ask The Old Farmer's Almanac what happened on their birthday--or the birthday of a loved one.. To help out, we've put together an everything-birthdays page! Find fun birthday facts, birthday history, folklore, and more!

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Weather History for November 17

1978: A tornado touched down in Cass County, Indiana

Birthday Weather

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Birthday Lore for November 17

You have good judgment and are a careful manager and shrewd manipulator. Your ideas are practical, and you consider all detail before entering into any undertaking. You are affectionate, tender, and dependable. Your friends rely on your judgment and have absolute faith in you.

Who Else Shares This Birthday?

Born 1816: August Wilhelm Ambros (composer)

Born 1878: Grace Abbott (reformer)

Born 1942: Martin Scorsese (director)

On This Day in History

1980: A turkey was plucked in 1 minute 30 seconds, setting world record

2010: The world's oldest champagne (salvaged from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea) was uncorked and sampled. Wine experts date the bottles as being from the early 19th century.

1970: Douglas C. Engelbart patented the computer mouse

Signs of the Zodiac

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22)

The Scorpion or the Eagle. Ruling planet: Pluto. Element: Water. Quality: Willpower. Ability: To focus on goals.You are the strongest members of the zodiac. Because of this, there is no middle road for you: Choose the high road or the low road, but choose you must. Unlike the other astrological signs of strength, you don’t waste it showing it off. You wait until you truly want something and then focus your will on your goals, drawing them in like a fisherman reels in his net. You have the capacity to get what you want.


Birthday Cakes

To celebrate, see 5 recipes for easy, beautiful birthday cakes!

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