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

  • 1776
    American Revolution: the United Provinces (Low Countries) recognize the independence of the United States.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Hessian mercenaries capture Fort Washington from the Patriots.
  • 1805
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Schöngrabern – Russian forces under Pyotr Bagration delay the pursuit by French troops under Murat.
  • 1885
    Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and “Father of Manitoba”, Louis Riel is executed for treason.
  • 1914
    The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 1720
    Carlo Antonio Campioni, Italian composer (d. 1788)
  • 1889
    George S. Kaufman, American playwright (d. 1961)
  • 1922
    José Saramago, Portuguese novelist, Nobel laureate (d. 2010)
  • 1933
    Garnet Mimms, American singer
  • 1952
    Shigeru Miyamoto, Japanese video game designer
  • 1964
    Diana Krall, Canadian jazz pianist and singer
  • 1965
    Mark Benton, English actor
  • 1967
    Lisa Bonet, American actress
  • 1979
    Bruce Irons, American surfer

Who died on November 16?

  • 1093
    Saint Margaret of Scotland, Hungarian-born queen-consort of King Malcolm III of Scotland (b. c. 1045)
  • 1272
    King Henry III of England (b. 1207)
  • 1628
    Paolo Quagliati, Italian composer (b. c. 1555)
  • 1878
    Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (b. 1874)
  • 1956
    Ōtori Tanigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 24th Yokozuna (b. 1887)
  • 1974
    Walther Meissner, German technical physicist (b. 1882)
  • 1984
    Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906)
  • 2005
    Donald Watson, English vegan advocate (b. 1910)
  • 2009
    Edward Woodward, British actor (b. 1930)
  • 2010
    Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (b. 1913)

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