Events in History on November 16

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13 General Tiberius' (later Emperor) triumphant procession through Rome after siege of Germany

Roman Emperor Tiberius
Roman Emperor
  • 534 A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published.
  • 1380 French King Charles VI declares no taxes for ever
  • 1491 An auto de fe, 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.

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1532 Francisco Pizarro captures Incan emperor Atahualpa after victory at Cajamarca

Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Spanish Conquistador
Francisco Pizarro
  • 1572 Troops under Don Frederik (the Spanish General Fadrique Alvarez de Toledo) occupy and plunder Zutphen, Netherlands
  • 1632 Battle of Lützen: Sweden beats imperial armies under Albrect von Wallenstein
  • 1676 1st colonial prison organized, Nantucket Mass
  • 1677 French troops occupy Freiburg
  • 1700 Monarch of Brandenburg becomes king of Prussia
  • 1763 English journalist John Wilkes injured in a duel
  • 1764 Native Americans surrender to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac
  • 1771 West Indian Company & Amsterdam divide up Suriname
  • 1776 1st gun salute for an American warship in a foreign port - US Andrew Doria at Fort St Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean isalnd)
  • 1776 British troops captured Fort Washington during American Revolution
  • 1798 Kentucky becomes first state to nullify an act of Congress
  • 1801 First edition of New York Evening Post
  • 1805 Battle at Schongrabern: Russian army stop French
  • 1824 NY City's Fifth Avenue opens for business

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1835 Charles Darwin's voyage published in Cambridge Philosophical Society

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1840 New Zealand officially becomes British colony
  • 1841 Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC)
  • 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.
  • 1856 Amsterdam post office at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal opens
  • 1859 Aleksandr Ostrovsky's "Groza" premieres in Moscow
  • 1863 Battle of Campbell's Station TN, 492 casualities
  • 1864 Confederate retreat at Lovejoy, Georgia
  • 1870 Spanish Cortes selects King Amadeus I
  • 1875 Battle of Gundet: Ethiopian emperor Yohannes beats Egyptians
  • 1875 William Bonwill, patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities
  • 1882 British gunboat HMS Flirt fires at & destroys Abari village in Niger
  • 1894 6,000 Armenians massacred by Turks in Kurdistan
  • 1894 French captain Henri Decoeurs troops reach Nikki, West Africa
  • 1901 3 autos race on Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, fastest speed achieved by Henry Fournier who drives a mile in 51 4/5 seconds
  • 1905 Neth/Russ Count Witte becomes premier of Russia
  • 1907 Oklahoma becomes the United States 46th state
  • 1914 Federal Reserve System formally opens
  • 1914 Pope Benedict XV calls for peace
  • 1916 Eugene O'Neill's "Bound East for Cardiff" premieres in NYC
  • 1916 Russian La Satannaya ammunition factory explodes, killing 1,000
  • 1917 British occupy Tel Aviv and Jaffa
  • 1918 Hungarian People's Republic declared
  • 1919 Admiral Horthy conquerors Budapest from Béla Kuns Soviet Republic
  • 1920 Australia's Qantas airways founded in Winton, Queensland as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited
  • 1920 1st postage stamp meter is set in Stamford Conn
  • 1922 Pope Pius XI calls on Belgian people to unite
  • 1922 Turkish kalief/sultan Mehmed VI asks British army for help
  • 1925 American Association for Advancement of Atheism forms (NY)
  • 1925 Philip Barry's "In a Garden" premieres in NYC

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1933 Brazilian President Getulio Vargas declares himself dictator

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • 1933 Roosevelt establishes diplomatic relations with USSR
  • 1936 German air force begins bombing of Madrid
  • 1938 K B Regiment refuses round-table conference in East-India
  • 1938 LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.

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1939 Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • 1939 German U-boat torpedoes tanker Sliedrecht near Ireland
  • 1940 World War II: In response to Germany's leveling of Coventry, England two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
  • 1941 German troops conquer Kertsh (probably)
  • 1942 Assault of US B-17 Flying Fortresses on airport at Sidi Ahmed
  • 1943 World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 1944 US 9th division & 1st Army attacks at Geilenkirchen
  • 1945 Yeshiva College (Univesity), chartered in NY, 1st US Jewish College
  • 1945 Founding of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
  • 1945 Two new elements discovered by Glenn Seaborg, James, Morgan and Albert Ghiorso were are announced: americium (atomic number 95) and curium (atomic number 96)
  • 1947 15,000 demonstrate in Brussels against mild sentence of nazis
  • 1948 Operation Magic Carpet - 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel
  • 1950 Egyptian King Faruk demands departure of all British troops
  • 1950 UN gets US government approval to issue postage stamps
  • 1950 US president Harry Truman proclaims emergency crisis caused by communist threat
  • 1952 Papagos' Greek Concentratie wins Greeks parliamentary election
  • 1955 1st speed-boat to exceed 200 mph (322 kph) (Donald Campbell)
  • 1955 Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Yussuph V returns to Morocco

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1957 US murderer and bodysnatcher Ed Gein kills his last victim

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein
  • 1960 NL batting champion Dick Groat wins MVP
  • 1961 United Kingdom limits immigration from Commonwealth countries

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1961 US President JFK decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing US combat troops

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962 Kuwait adopts constitution (1st, Islamitic)
  • 1963 Toledo, OH newspaper strike began
  • 1963 Touch-tone telephone introduced
  • 1964 Radio CJCX Sydney Nova Scotia (Canada) starts shortwave transmission
  • 1964 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1965 Venera 3 launched, 1st to land on another planet (crashes into Venus)
  • 1965 Walt Disney launches Epcot Center: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
  • 1966 Dr Sam Sheppard freed by a jury after 9 years in jail
  • 1968 The Derry Citizens Action Committee defies a ban on marches in Derry, Northern Ireland, by marching with an estimated 15,000 people
  • 1969 1968 Mỹ Lai massacre of between 347 and 504 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by US soldiers is first reported
  • 1970 Two men are shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • 1970 South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky defends operations in Cambodia because communist forces could overrun South Vietnam "within 24 hours" if troops operating there were withdrawn
  • 1971 The Compton inquiry is published, acknowledging that there was ill-treatment of internees, but rejected claims of systematic brutality or torture (Northern Ireland)
  • 1971 The US increase air activity to support the Cambodian government as fighting neared Phnom Penh
  • 1972 British Prime Minister Edward Heath warns against a Unilateral Declaration of Independence

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1973 US Presidennt Richard Nixon authorizes construction of Alaskan pipeline

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1973 Skylab 4 launched into Earth orbit
  • 1974 1st intentional interstellar radio message sent, Arecibo telescope towards M 41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away
  • 1974 ABBA begin their first tour of Europe - their first tour outside of Sweden
  • 1976 René Levesque's Parti Québécois wins elections in Quebec
  • 1977 Rod Carew wins AL MVP award
  • 1981 Dennis Lillee kicked Javed Miandad, who waved his bat at Dennis
  • 1982 5th space shuttle mission: Columbia lands at Edwards Air Force Base after 5 days in space
  • 1982 Agreement reached ending 57 day football strike
  • 1982 Space Shuttle Columbia completes its 1st operational flight

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1982 Tom Stoppard's "Real Thing" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
  • 1984 14th Shuttle Mission (51A) -Discovery 2- lands at Kennedy Center
  • 1984 John Lennon's 'Every Man has a Woman Who Loves Him' released posthumously
  • 1988 Estonia declares sovereignty in internal affairs

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1988 Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto's PPP wins 1st free Pakistani elections in 11 years

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • 1989 6 Jesuit priests are killed by El Salvadorian troops
  • 1989 South Africa president FW de Klerk announces scrapping of Separate Amenities Act
  • 1989 UNESCO adopts the Seville Statement on Violence at the twenty-fifth session of its General Conference.

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1990 Manuel Noriega claims US denied him a fair trial

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega

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1993 Russian President Yeltsin shuts Lenin museum

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1995 US Attorney General Janet Reno announces she has Parkinson's disease

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1995 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother undergoes hip surgery

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • 1996 18th ACE Cable Awards: Lifetime wins the Golden CableACE for "Lifetime Applauds: The Fight Against Breast Cancer"
  • 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.

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1998 Monica Lewinsky signs a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with US President Clinton

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

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2000 Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

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2002 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says that he had to accept UN Resolution 1441 because the United States and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared unitlateral war on the Iraqi people

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein

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2010 In University Park, Texas, the groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center takes place

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

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2010 Engagement announced between Prince William and Catherine [Kate] Middleton at Clarence House, London

Wife of Prince William Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Wife of Prince William
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William
  • 2012 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' grosses $500 million in 24 hours to become the biggest entertainment launch of all time
  • 2014 Klaus Iohannis wins the Romanian Presidential election

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2015 French President François Hollande declares the country at war with ISIS in an address to parliament

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • 2015 Largest diamond discovered in more than a century - 1,111 carat stone found in the Karowe mine, Botswana