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
1835: Remarkable aurora borealis shows were seen throughout the United States
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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 1930: Bob Mathias (decathlon athlete)
Born 1816: August Wilhelm Ambros (composer)
Born 1922: Stanley Cohen (biochemist)
On This Day in History
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.
1980: A turkey was plucked in 1 minute 30 seconds, setting world record
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.