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, 1,479,254,400 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 ‘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.
  • 1805
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Schöngrabern – Russian forces under Pyotr Bagration delay the pursuit by French troops under Murat.
  • 1904
    English engineer John Ambrose Fleming receives a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).
  • 1938
    LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1988
    The Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic declares that Estonia is “sovereign” but stops short of declaring independence.
  • 1997
    After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People’s Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.

Who were born on November 16?

  • 1753
    James McHenry, American statesman (d. 1816)
  • 1841
    Jules Violle, French physicist (d. 1923)
  • 1896
    Joan Lindsay, Australian novelist (d. 1984)
  • 1915
    Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin, Cajun accordionist (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Paul Foytack, American baseball player
  • 1952
    Shigeru Miyamoto, Japanese video game designer
  • 1964
    Diana Krall, Canadian jazz pianist and singer
  • 1966
    Dave Kushner, American guitarist (Velvet Revolver)
  • 1968
    Melvin Stewart, American swimmer
  • 1975
    Julio Lugo, Dominican baseball player

Who died on November 16?

  • 1779
    Pehr Kalm, Finnish explorer and naturalist (b. 1716)
  • 1797
    King Frederick William II of Prussia (b. 1744)
  • 1971
    Edie Sedgwick, American socialite and heiress (b. 1940)
  • 1982
    Lenny Murphy, Northern Irish loyalist figure (b. 1952)
  • 1987
    Zubir Said, Singaporean composer (b. 1907)
  • 2000
    Ahmet Kaya, Turkish singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • 2003
    Bettina Goislard, French relief worker (b. 1974)
  • 2006
    Yuri Levada, Russian sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Harold Alfond, American businessman (b. 1914)
  • 2010
    Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (b. 1946)

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