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, 419,664 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 ‘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.
  • 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.
  • 1532
    Francisco Pizarro and his men capture Inca Emperor Atahualpa.
  • 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.
  • 1852
    The English astronomer John Russell Hind discovers the asteroid 22 Kalliope.
  • 1914
    The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens.
  • 1940
    Holocaust: in occupied Poland, the Nazis close off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world.
  • 1944
    Operation Queen, the costly Allied thrust to the Rur river was launched
  • 1989
    A death squad composed of El Salvadoran army troops kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.

Who were born on November 16?

  • 1873
    W. C. Handy, American composer (d. 1958)
  • 1897
    Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (d. 1951)
  • 1916
    Daws Butler, American voice actor (d. 1988)
  • 1924
    Mel Patton, American sprinter
  • 1928
    Clu Gulager, American actor
  • 1930
    Paul Foytack, American baseball player
  • 1941
    Dan Penn, American singer-songwriter
  • 1966
    Dave Kushner, American guitarist (Velvet Revolver)
  • 1974
    Maurizio Margaglio, Italian ice dancer
  • 1978
    Gary Naysmith, Scottish footballer

Who died on November 16?

  • 1093
    Saint Margaret of Scotland, Hungarian-born queen-consort of King Malcolm III of Scotland (b. c. 1045)
  • 1613
    Trajano Boccalini, Italian satirist (b. 1556)
  • 1628
    Paolo Quagliati, Italian composer (b. c. 1555)
  • 1797
    King Frederick William II of Prussia (b. 1744)
  • 1950
    Bob Smith, American physician and temperance activist (b. 1879)
  • 1960
    Clark Gable, American actor (b. 1901)
  • 1973
    Alan Watts, English writer and philosopher (b. 1915)
  • 1986
    Siobhán McKenna, Irish stage and screen actress (b. 1923)
  • 1993
    Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (b. 1939)
  • 2007
    Harold Alfond, American businessman (b. 1914)

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