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, 25,179,840 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 ‘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

  • 1822
    American Old West: Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail.
  • 1852
    The English astronomer John Russell Hind discovers the asteroid 22 Kalliope.
  • 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).
  • 1914
    The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens.
  • 1944
    Dueren, Germany is destroyed by Allied bombers.
  • 1988
    The Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic declares that Estonia is “sovereign” but stops short of declaring independence.
  • 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?

  • 1839
    Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (d. 1908)
  • 1896
    Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (d. 1960)
  • 1904
    Nnamdi Azikiwe, 1st President of Nigeria (d. 1996)
  • 1927
    Dolo Coker, jazz pianist and composer (d. 1983)
  • 1938
    Robert Nozick, American philosopher (d. 2002)
  • 1944
    Oliver Braddick, British psychologist
  • 1948
    Bonnie Greer, American playwright and critic
  • 1949
    Arrow, Montserratian soca musician (d. 2010)
  • 1962
    Josh Silver, American keyboardist (Type O Negative)
  • 1984
    Kimberly J. Brown, American actress

Who died on November 16?

  • 1613
    Trajano Boccalini, Italian satirist (b. 1556)
  • 1745
    James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier (b. 1665)
  • 1878
    Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (b. 1874)
  • 1907
    Robert I, Duke of Parma (b. 1848)
  • 1950
    Bob Smith, American physician and temperance activist (b. 1879)
  • 2000
    Ahmet Kaya, Turkish singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • 2000
    DJ Screw, American hiphop DJ (b. 1971)
  • 2001
    Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
  • 2010
    Wyngard Tracy, Filipino talent manager (b. 1952)

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