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 320th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 45 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 3, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,510,790,400 seconds 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 ‘trihectaicosagon’ 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 95 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 1,791 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 16 Historical Events

  • 1272
    While travelling during the Ninth Crusade, Prince Edward becomes King of England upon Henry III of England’s death, but he will not return to England for nearly two years to assume the throne.
  • 1532
    Francisco Pizarro and his men capture Inca Emperor Atahualpa.
  • 1852
    The English astronomer John Russell Hind discovers the asteroid 22 Kalliope.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Battle of Campbell’s Station near Knoxville, Tennessee – Confederate troops unsuccessfully attack Union forces.
  • 1904
    English engineer John Ambrose Fleming receives a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).
  • 1938
    LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    Dueren, Germany is destroyed by Allied bombers.
  • 1945
    Cold War: Operation Paperclip – the United States Army secretly admits 88 German scientists and engineers to help in the development of rocket technology.
  • 1997
    After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People’s Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.

Who were born on November 16?

  • 1603
    Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior (d. 1673)
  • 1880
    Alexander Blok, Russian poet (d. 1921)
  • 1916
    Al Lucas, Canadian jazz double-bassist (d. 1983)
  • 1935
    Elizabeth Drew, American journalist and author
  • 1948
    Bonnie Greer, American playwright and critic
  • 1948
    Chi Coltrane, American rock-pop-jazz songwriter, pianist, and singer
  • 1951
    Miguel Sandoval, American actor
  • 1954
    Bruce Edwards, American golf caddy (d. 2004)
  • 1954
    Luis Conte, Cuban percussionist
  • 1973
    Christian Horner, British Formula One team owner

Who died on November 16?

  • 1836
    Christian Hendrik Persoon, Dutch mycologist (b. 1761)
  • 1961
    Sam Rayburn, American politician (b. 1882)
  • 1974
    Walther Meissner, German technical physicist (b. 1882)
  • 1980
    Jayan, Indian actor (b.1938)
  • 1989
    Jean-Claude Malépart, Quebec politician (b. 1938)
  • 1993
    Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (b. 1939)
  • 1995
    Jack Finney, American writer (b. 1911)
  • 2000
    Ahmet Kaya, Turkish singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • 2008
    Reg Varney, British actor (b. 1916)
  • 2010
    Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (b. 1913)

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