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.
  • 1849
    A Russian court sentences Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group; his sentence is later commuted to hard labor.
  • 1907
    Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania, sister ship of RMS Lusitania, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 1989
    A death squad composed of El Salvadoran army troops kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.
  • 1992
    The Hoxne Hoard is discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in Hoxne, Suffolk.

Who were born on November 16?

  • 1839
    Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (d. 1908)
  • 1851
    Minnie Hauk, American soprano (d. 1929)
  • 1930
    Salvatore Riina, Italian Mafia leader
  • 1948
    Bonnie Greer, American playwright and critic
  • 1966
    Dave Kushner, American guitarist (Velvet Revolver)
  • 1966
    Tahir Shah, British travel writer and explorer
  • 1971
    Koshi Rikdo, Japanese manga artist
  • 1973
    Christian Horner, British Formula One team owner
  • 1976
    Danny Wallace, British author
  • 1983
    K, South Korean-born Japanese singer

Who died on November 16?

  • 1632
    King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (b. 1594)
  • 1950
    Bob Smith, American physician and temperance activist (b. 1879)
  • 1956
    Ōtori Tanigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 24th Yokozuna (b. 1887)
  • 1961
    Sam Rayburn, American politician (b. 1882)
  • 1974
    Walther Meissner, German technical physicist (b. 1882)
  • 1989
    Jean-Claude Malépart, Quebec politician (b. 1938)
  • 2000
    DJ Screw, American hiphop DJ (b. 1971)
  • 2000
    Joe C., American rapper (b. 1974)
  • 2001
    Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Harold Alfond, American businessman (b. 1914)

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