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.
  • 1857
    Second relief of Lucknow – twenty-four Victoria Crosses are awarded, the most in a single day.
  • 1885
    Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and “Father of Manitoba”, Louis Riel is executed for treason.
  • 1904
    English engineer John Ambrose Fleming receives a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).
  • 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.
  • 1943
    World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 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
    Skylab program: NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission.
  • 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?

  • 1811
    John Bright, British politician (d. 1889)
  • 1904
    Nnamdi Azikiwe, 1st President of Nigeria (d. 1996)
  • 1922
    José Saramago, Portuguese novelist, Nobel laureate (d. 2010)
  • 1924
    Mel Patton, American sprinter
  • 1933
    Garnet Mimms, American singer
  • 1940
    Donna McKechnie, American actress and dancer
  • 1954
    Bruce Edwards, American golf caddy (d. 2004)
  • 1961
    Frank Bruno, British boxer
  • 1964
    Diana Krall, Canadian jazz pianist and singer
  • 1981
    Osi Umenyiora, English-born American football player

Who died on November 16?

  • 1093
    Saint Margaret of Scotland, Hungarian-born queen-consort of King Malcolm III of Scotland (b. c. 1045)
  • 1724
    Jack Sheppard, English burglar (b. 1702)
  • 1790
    Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1802
    André Michaux, French botanist (b. 1746)
  • 1806
    Moses Cleaveland, American lawyer and surveyor; namesake of Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1754)
  • 1980
    Jayan, Indian actor (b.1938)
  • 1987
    Jim Brewer, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 1987
    Zubir Said, Singaporean composer (b. 1907)
  • 1993
    Achille Zavatta, Tunisia-born French clown (b. 1915)
  • 2010
    Wyngard Tracy, Filipino talent manager (b. 1952)

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