On This Day

On This Day in History for November 16 (Part 2)

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 President Reagan decides on a covert plan to block the Cuban aid to Nicaragua and El Salvador

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1982 5th space shuttle mission: Columbia lands at Edwards Air Force Base after 5 days in space, completing its 1st operational flight
  • 1982 Agreement reached ending 57 day football strike

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1982 Tom Stoppard's play "The Real Thing" premieres in London starring Felicity Kendal and Roger Rees

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • 1984 14th Shuttle Mission (51A) -Discovery 2- lands at Kennedy Center

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

1985 President Reagan arrives in Geneva for a summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1988 Estonia declares sovereignty in internal affairs

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 President Reagan and the First Lady participate in the official state arrival ceremony, meetings and a state dinner with Margaret Thatcher

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1988 President Reagan meets with Jerusalem's mayor Teddy Kollek
  • 1989 6 Jesuit priests are killed by El Salvadorian troops

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 South African President F. W. de Klerk announces scrapping of Separate Amenities Act

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1989 UNESCO adopts the Seville Statement on Violence at the twenty-fifth session of its General Conference.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Manuel Noriega claims US denied him a fair trial

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Russian President Yeltsin shuts Lenin museum

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein

Historic DiscoverySARS Outbreak

2002 The first case of SARS is recorded in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China, though is not identified until much later. First patient is thought to be a farmer in the city.

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The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

HeartEngagement of Interest

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

Wife of Prince William Kate Middleton
Wife of Prince William
Kate Middleton
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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, a 1,111 carat stone found in the Karowe mine, Botswana
  • 2017 19 countries pledge to phase out coal at UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany
  • 2017 Cambodian court rules to dissolve the country's main opposition party Cambodia National Rescue party (CNRP)
  • 2017 US senator Al Franken accused of groping and forcibly kissing a woman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Dissident, Author and Columnist
Jamal Khashoggi
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman
  • 2018 The kilogram is refined by abstract constants replacing the Le Grand K, along with the ampere (electrical current) and kelvin (temperature) at a conference in Paris
  • 2018 Elevator falls down 84 floors when hoist rope breaks, all six people survive unharmed at John Hancock Center, Chicago
  • 2019 Sri Lankan Presidential election, won by former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa
  • 2019 Samoa declares state of emergency over measles epidemic closing all schools after six deaths
  • 2019 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, Cuba

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