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, 410,904 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 ‘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

  • 1805
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Schöngrabern – Russian forces under Pyotr Bagration delay the pursuit by French troops under Murat.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 1988
    The Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic declares that Estonia is “sovereign” but stops short of declaring independence.
  • 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?

  • 1888
    Luis Cluzeau Mortet, Uruguayan composer and pianist (d. 1957)
  • 1896
    Joan Lindsay, Australian novelist (d. 1984)
  • 1916
    Al Lucas, Canadian jazz double-bassist (d. 1983)
  • 1933
    Garnet Mimms, American singer
  • 1940
    Donna McKechnie, American actress and dancer
  • 1952
    Shigeru Miyamoto, Japanese video game designer
  • 1958
    Marg Helgenberger, American actress
  • 1966
    Tahir Shah, British travel writer and explorer
  • 1979
    Bruce Irons, American surfer
  • 1983
    Britta Steffen, German swimmer

Who died on November 16?

  • 1632
    King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (b. 1594)
  • 1836
    Christian Hendrik Persoon, Dutch mycologist (b. 1761)
  • 1911
    A. A. Ames, American politician (b. 1842)
  • 1922
    Max Abraham, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • 1980
    Jayan, Indian actor (b.1938)
  • 1984
    Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906)
  • 1999
    Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker (b. 1945)
  • 2005
    Donald Watson, English vegan advocate (b. 1910)
  • 2009
    Edward Woodward, British actor (b. 1930)

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