On This Day

What Happened on November 16

Important Events

  • 534 Second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus published
  • 1532 Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captures Inca Emperor Atahualpa after a surprise ambush at Cajamarca in the Peruvian Andes
  • 1776 British troops capture Fort Washington during American Revolution
  • 1945 Founding of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • 1948 Operation Magic Carpet begins with 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel
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November 16 in Film & TV

November 16 in Music

  • 1959 "Sound of Music" musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II first opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, for 1443 performances

November 16 in Sport

  • 2003 Lionel Messi makes his official debut for FC Barcelona in a friendly against Porto

Did You Know?

New York City's Fifth Avenue opens for business

On November 16, 1824

Would You Believe?

LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland

On November 16, 1938

Famous Weddings

  • 1683 Hendrik Casimir II of Nassau-Dietz marries Henriette Amalia
  • 1754 British PM William Pitt the Elder (46) weds Lady Hester Grenville (34) in Argyle Street, London
  • 1933 Ramon Magsaysay, latter President of the Philippines (26) weds Luz Banzon (18) at Lourdes church in Manila

Famous Divorces

  • 1973 Sci-fi author Isaac Asimov (53) divorces Gertrude Blugerman after 31 years of marriage
  • 1993 Actor Jim Carrey files for divorce from Melissa Womer after 6 years of marriage
  • 2010 Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (25) divorces "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (29) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage
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