What are the important events that happened on November 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

November 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

November 16 is the 321st day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 45 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 3, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,654,240 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectaicosahenagon’ day.

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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Topaz is the modern birthstone for this month. Pearl is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 73 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,426 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 16 Historical Events

  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Hessian mercenaries capture Fort Washington from the Patriots.
  • 1940
    World War II: in response to the leveling of Coventry, England by Nazi Germany’s Luftwaffe two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
  • 1943
    World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 1944
    Dueren, Germany is destroyed by Allied bombers.
  • 1944
    Operation Queen, the costly Allied thrust to the Rur river was launched
  • 1945
    Cold War: Operation Paperclip – the United States Army secretly admits 88 German scientists and engineers to help in the development of rocket technology.
  • 1973
    Skylab program: NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission.
  • 1973
    U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.
  • 1988
    In the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan elect populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • 2000
    Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

Who were born on November 16?

  • 1841
    Jules Violle, French physicist (d. 1923)
  • 1896
    Oswald Mosley, British politician and founder of the British Union of Fascists (d. 1980)
  • 1938
    Robert Nozick, American philosopher (d. 2002)
  • 1941
    Dan Penn, American singer-songwriter
  • 1970
    Martha Plimpton, American actress
  • 1971
    Koshi Rikdo, Japanese manga artist
  • 1976
    Juha Pasoja, Finnish footballer
  • 1979
    Bruce Irons, American surfer
  • 1979
    Tony Frias, American footballer
  • 1983
    Kari Lehtonen, Finnish ice hockey goaltender

Who died on November 16?

  • 1745
    James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier (b. 1665)
  • 1797
    King Frederick William II of Prussia (b. 1744)
  • 1878
    Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (b. 1874)
  • 1973
    Alan Watts, English writer and philosopher (b. 1915)
  • 1982
    Arthur Askey, British comedian (b. 1900)
  • 1982
    Lenny Murphy, Northern Irish loyalist figure (b. 1952)
  • 2005
    Robert Tisch, American football team owner (b. 1926)
  • 2006
    Yuri Levada, Russian sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author (b. 1946)
  • 2010
    Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (b. 1946)

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