On November 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon
defended his actions in the Watergate affair, urging the nation to
put Watergate behind it and telling a press conference "I'm
not a crook".
On November 17, 1989, riot police put down student
protests against the communist government in Czechoslovakia. The
incident started a series of non-violent protests that finally
forced the communists from power two weeks later.
Learn more about the Velvet Revolution.