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, 24,654,240 minutes 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.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Hessian mercenaries capture Fort Washington from the Patriots.
  • 1940
    Holocaust: in occupied Poland, the Nazis close off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world.
  • 1943
    World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 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
    In the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan elect populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1851
    Minnie Hauk, American soprano (d. 1929)
  • 1885
    Monsignor Sir Mikiel Gonzi, Maltese archbishop (d. 1984)
  • 1890
    Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines (d. 1956)
  • 1916
    Daws Butler, American voice actor (d. 1988)
  • 1941
    Dan Penn, American singer-songwriter
  • 1944
    Oliver Braddick, British psychologist
  • 1953
    Griff Rhys Jones, Welsh comedian, writer and actor
  • 1971
    Koshi Rikdo, Japanese manga artist
  • 1975
    Julio Lugo, Dominican baseball player
  • 1995
    Noah Gray-Cabey, American actor

Who died on November 16?

  • 1745
    James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier (b. 1665)
  • 1773
    John Hawkesworth, English writer
  • 1806
    Moses Cleaveland, American lawyer and surveyor; namesake of Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1754)
  • 1884
    František Chvostek, Moravian physician (b. 1835)
  • 1961
    Sam Rayburn, American politician (b. 1882)
  • 1974
    Walther Meissner, German technical physicist (b. 1882)
  • 2006
    Milton Friedman, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Yuri Levada, Russian sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
  • 2009
    Edward Woodward, British actor (b. 1930)

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