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

  • 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.
  • 1907
    Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania, sister ship of RMS Lusitania, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.
  • 1907
    Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory join to form Oklahoma, that is admitted as the 46th U.S. state.
  • 1938
    LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1943
    World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 1944
    Dueren, Germany is destroyed by Allied bombers.
  • 1945
    UNESCO is founded.
  • 1965
    Venera program: the Soviet Union launches the Venera 3 space probe toward Venus, that will be the first spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet.
  • 1973
    Skylab program: NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission.
  • 1988
    In the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan elect populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Who were born on November 16?

  • 1841
    Jules Violle, French physicist (d. 1923)
  • 1899
    Mary Margaret McBride, American radio interview host (d. 1976)
  • 1930
    Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist, poet and academic
  • 1933
    Garnet Mimms, American singer
  • 1936
    John Moore, Australian politician
  • 1941
    Gerry Marshall, British race car driver (d. 2005)
  • 1952
    Piero Falchetta, Italian archivist in Biblioteca Marciana, essayist and translator
  • 1954
    Andrea Barrett, American novelist
  • 1957
    Jacques Gamblin, French actor
  • 1981
    Caitlin Glass, American voice actress

Who died on November 16?

  • 1272
    King Henry III of England (b. 1207)
  • 1328
    Prince Hisaaki, Japanese shogun (b. 1276)
  • 1613
    Trajano Boccalini, Italian satirist (b. 1556)
  • 1779
    Pehr Kalm, Finnish explorer and naturalist (b. 1716)
  • 1802
    André Michaux, French botanist (b. 1746)
  • 1939
    Pierce Butler, American lawyer and jurist (b. 1866)
  • 1971
    Edie Sedgwick, American socialite and heiress (b. 1940)
  • 1973
    Alan Watts, English writer and philosopher (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
  • 2010
    Donald Nyrop, American airline executive (b. 1912)

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