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, 419,664 hours 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

  • 1532
    Francisco Pizarro and his men capture Inca Emperor Atahualpa.
  • 1776
    American Revolution: the United Provinces (Low Countries) recognize the independence of the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1907
    Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory join to form Oklahoma, that is admitted as the 46th U.S. state.
  • 1940
    Holocaust: in occupied Poland, the Nazis close off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world.
  • 1973
    U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.
  • 1989
    A death squad composed of El Salvadoran army troops kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.
  • 1992
    The Hoxne Hoard is discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in Hoxne, Suffolk.
  • 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?

  • 1851
    Minnie Hauk, American soprano (d. 1929)
  • 1873
    W. C. Handy, American composer (d. 1958)
  • 1899
    Mary Margaret McBride, American radio interview host (d. 1976)
  • 1949
    Arrow, Montserratian soca musician (d. 2010)
  • 1952
    Robin McKinley, American novelist
  • 1954
    Andrea Barrett, American novelist
  • 1961
    Frank Bruno, British boxer
  • 1967
    Craig Arnold, American poet
  • 1974
    Paul Scholes, British footballer
  • 1983
    Britta Steffen, German swimmer

Who died on November 16?

  • 1328
    Prince Hisaaki, Japanese shogun (b. 1276)
  • 1956
    Ōtori Tanigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 24th Yokozuna (b. 1887)
  • 1960
    Clark Gable, American actor (b. 1901)
  • 1984
    Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906)
  • 1987
    Zubir Said, Singaporean composer (b. 1907)
  • 1994
    Doris Speed, British actress (b. 1899)
  • 2005
    Donald Watson, English vegan advocate (b. 1910)
  • 2005
    Henry Taube, Canadian-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
  • 2008
    Reg Varney, British actor (b. 1916)
  • 2010
    Donald Nyrop, American airline executive (b. 1912)

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