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

  • 1491
    An auto-da-fé, held in the Brasero de la Dehesa outside of Ávila, concludes the case of the Holy Child of La Guardia with the public execution of several Jewish and converso suspects.
  • 1776
    American Revolution: the United Provinces (Low Countries) recognize the independence of the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1904
    English engineer John Ambrose Fleming receives a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).
  • 1907
    Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania, sister ship of RMS Lusitania, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.
  • 1973
    Skylab program: NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission.
  • 1989
    A death squad composed of El Salvadoran army troops kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.
  • 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?

  • 1436
    Leonardo Loredan, Doge of the Republic of Venice (d. 1521)
  • 1753
    James McHenry, American statesman (d. 1816)
  • 1839
    Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (d. 1908)
  • 1909
    Mirza Nasir Ahmad, 3rd Caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and 3rd successor of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (d. 1982)
  • 1915
    Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin, Cajun accordionist (d. 2007)
  • 1948
    Chi Coltrane, American rock-pop-jazz songwriter, pianist, and singer
  • 1958
    Marg Helgenberger, American actress
  • 1964
    Harry J. Lennix, American actor
  • 1968
    Vlado Šola, Croatian handball goalkeeper
  • 1971
    Alexander Popov, Russian swimmer

Who died on November 16?

  • 1093
    Saint Margaret of Scotland, Hungarian-born queen-consort of King Malcolm III of Scotland (b. c. 1045)
  • 1240
    Saint Edmund Rich, English Archbishop of Canterbury (b. c. 1175)
  • 1272
    King Henry III of England (b. 1207)
  • 1632
    King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (b. 1594)
  • 1974
    Walther Meissner, German technical physicist (b. 1882)
  • 2000
    DJ Screw, American hiphop DJ (b. 1971)
  • 2003
    Bettina Goislard, French relief worker (b. 1974)
  • 2006
    Milton Friedman, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Yuri Levada, Russian sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2010
    Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (b. 1913)

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