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

  • 1532
    Francisco Pizarro and his men capture Inca Emperor Atahualpa.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Hessian mercenaries capture Fort Washington from the Patriots.
  • 1914
    The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens.
  • 1938
    LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    UNESCO is founded.
  • 1973
    U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.
  • 1979
    The first line of Bucharest Metro (Line M1) is opened from Timpuri Noi to Semănătoarea in Bucharest, Romania.
  • 1992
    The Hoxne Hoard is discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in Hoxne, Suffolk.

Who were born on November 16?

  • 1643
    Jean Chardin, French explorer (d. 1703)
  • 1836
    King Kalākaua, of Hawaiʻi (d. 1891)
  • 1839
    Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (d. 1908)
  • 1890
    Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines (d. 1956)
  • 1897
    Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (d. 1951)
  • 1904
    Nnamdi Azikiwe, 1st President of Nigeria (d. 1996)
  • 1947
    Ebby Thust, German boxing promoter and writer
  • 1961
    Frank Bruno, British boxer
  • 1963
    Steve Arguelles, British jazz drummer
  • 1968
    Vlado Šola, Croatian handball goalkeeper

Who died on November 16?

  • 1779
    Pehr Kalm, Finnish explorer and naturalist (b. 1716)
  • 1922
    Max Abraham, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • 1973
    Alan Watts, English writer and philosopher (b. 1915)
  • 1974
    Walther Meissner, German technical physicist (b. 1882)
  • 1980
    Jayan, Indian actor (b.1938)
  • 1989
    Jean-Claude Malépart, Quebec politician (b. 1938)
  • 1994
    Doris Speed, British actress (b. 1899)
  • 2005
    Henry Taube, Canadian-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    Robert Tisch, American football team owner (b. 1926)
  • 2006
    Yuri Levada, Russian sociologist (b. 1930)

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