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November 2016 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 4 Paris Agreement on climate change becomes effective
  • Nov 6 Indian government declares levels of air pollution in Delhi an emergency situation, closing schools and construction sites
  • Nov 6 New York City Marathon: Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea wins men's race in 2:07:51; defending women's champion Mary Keitany wins her 3rd NYC crown in 2:24:26

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 8 Republican Donald Trump is elected President of the United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton, who received 2.9 million more votes

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton

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Nov 8 Indian PM Narendra Modi announces the demonetization of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes during an unscheduled live televised address, canceling 86% of the notes in circulation in a battle against corruption

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Nov 14 7.8 earthquake cuts off town of Kaikoura, New Zealand, raising sea bed by 4m, and killing 2 people
  • Nov 17 Smaller pyramid find within 2 known Kukulkan "nesting" pyramids announced at Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico, dating to 550-80 AD

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Nov 20 South Korean President Park Geun-hye's controversial friend Choi Soon-sil charged with abuse of authority and coercion amid calls to also impeach the President

1st Female President of South Korea Park Geun-hye
1st Female President of South Korea
Park Geun-hye
  • Nov 21 India celebrates 50th anniversary of IR8, rice variety specially bred that saved much of Asia from famine

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Nov 22 US President Barack Obama posthumously awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to pioneering computer scientist and Navy Admiral Grace Hopper

Computer Scientist and Admiral Grace Hopper
Computer Scientist and Admiral
Grace Hopper
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Nov 24 International research team publishes discovery of 1,500 new viruses found in invertebrates
  • Nov 28 Plane carrying Brazilian Chapecoense fooball team crashes near Medellin, Colombia killing 71 players and journalists
  • Nov 28 "Hamilton" sets new record for most money earned in a week on Broadway - $3.3 million
  • Nov 30 UNESCO adds Belgian beer to its Cultural Heritage List

Deaths in History

  • Nov 7 Janet Reno, first female US Attorney General (1993-2001), dies at 78
  • Nov 11 Ilse Aichinger, Austrian writer (Die größere Hoffnung), dies at 95
  • Nov 14 Gwen Ifill, journalist and writer, 1st African American woman to host US public affairs program, dies of cancer at 61
  • Nov 15 Sixto Durán Ballén, Ecuadorian politician, President of Ecuador (1992-96), dies at 95
  • Nov 16 Melvin Laird, politician (Rep-R-Mich), US Secretary of Defense (1969-73), dies at 94
  • Nov 16 Jay Forrester, American engineer, invented random-access magnetic core memory, dies at 98
  • Nov 18 Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon (1st artificial heart transplant), dies at 96
  • Nov 20 Kostis Stephanopoulos, Greek conservative politician (President of Greece, 1995-2005), dies at 90
  • Nov 20 William Trevor, Irish writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), dies at 88
  • Nov 23 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, dies at 78

Person of interestFidel Castro

Nov 25 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), dies at 90

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Nov 28 William A. Christenberry, American photographer and artist, dies at 80