About November 16

November 16, 2021 is the 320th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 45 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Scorpio is the sun 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 77 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On November 16

  • 534
    A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published.
  • 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.
  • 1822
    American Old West: Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail.
  • 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.
  • 1857
    Second relief of Lucknow – twenty-four Victoria Crosses are awarded, the most in a single day.
  • 1904
    English engineer John Ambrose Fleming receives a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).
  • 1907
    Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania, sister ship of RMS Lusitania, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.
  • 1907
    Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory join to form Oklahoma, that is admitted as the 46th U.S. state.
  • 1938
    LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1940
    World War II: in response to the leveling of Coventry, England by Nazi Germany’s Luftwaffe two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
  • 1943
    World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 1944
    Dueren, Germany is destroyed by Allied bombers.
  • 1944
    Operation Queen, the costly Allied thrust to the Rur river was launched
  • 1945
    Cold War: Operation Paperclip – the United States Army secretly admits 88 German scientists and engineers to help in the development of rocket technology.
  • 1965
    Venera program: the Soviet Union launches the Venera 3 space probe toward Venus, that will be the first spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet.
  • 1973
    Skylab program: NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission.
  • 1973
    U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    A death squad composed of El Salvadoran army troops kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.

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