November, on this day
534 A second and
final revision of the Codex
Justinianus is published.
is crowned King of Poland, although she is a woman.
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.
seizes Incan emperor Atahualpa after victory at Cajamarca
1632 The Battle
of Lützen, where King Gustavus
Adolphus of Sweden is killed.
1676 1st colonial prison organised, Nantucket, Massachusetts
1724 Notorious English highwayman Jack
Sheppard is hanged in front of a crowd of 200,000 at Tyburn
capture Fort Washington, Manhattan
1776 The United
Provinces (Low Countries) recognize the independence of the United
1798 Kentucky becomes 1st state to nullify an act of Congress
of Schöngrabern : Russian forces under Bagration delay the
pursuit by French troops under Murat.
Old West : Missouri trader William
Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became
known as the Santa
1824 Explorers Hamilton
Hume and William
H Hovell discover Australia's Murray River - the longest river
in the country
1828 In America, Andrew
Jackson defeats John Quincy Adams to become the next President
of the United States
1841 N.E. Guerin of NY patents cork-filled life preserver
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
relief of Lucknow : The most Victoria Crosses won in a single
day with 24.
of Campbell's Station near Knoxville, Tennessee. Confederate troops
unsuccessfully attack Union forces.
1864 Union Gen William
T Sherman begins march to the sea during Civil War
rebel leader of the Métis and "Father of Manitoba",
Riel is executed for treason.
1894 6,000 Armenians massacred by Turks in Kurdistan
1901 3 autos race on Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, fastest speed achieved
by Henry Fournier who drives a mile in 51 4/5 seconds
1905 Count Sergei
Witte is appointed Prime Minister of Russia
becomes 46th state
1907 Cunard Line's RMS
Mauretania sister ship of RMS
Lusitania, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England
to New York City.
1908 Arturo Tuscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera
1914 The Federal
Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens.
1918 Hungarian People's Republic declared
1920 Postage meter 1st used in US in lieu of postage stamps
defeat the White Russians in the Crimea ending Russia's Civil War
1933 Roosevelt establishes diplomatic relations with USSR
is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert
Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
1940 In response to Germany's leveling of Coventry, England two days
before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
1940 In occupied Poland, the Nazis close off the Warsaw
Ghetto from the outside world.
1943 American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy
water factory in German-controlled Vemork,
Germany is completely destroyed by Allied bombers.
1945 The United States Army secretly admits 88 German scientists and
engineers to help in the development of rocket technology.
College (University), chartered in NY, 1st US Jewish College
1950 UN gets US government approval to issue postage stamps
1955 1st speed-boat to exceed 200 mph (322 kph) (D.M. Campbell)
Gein butchers last victim
1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical 'The
Sound of Music' opens on Broadway
1965 1st public announcement about Walt
3 launched, 1st to land on another planet (crashes into Venus)
Sam Sheppard freed after 9 years in jail, by a jury
1973 John Lennon releases "Mind
4 launched into Earth orbit 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
1974 1st intentional interstellar radio message sent, Arecibo telescope
towards M 41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away
Bonet marries Lenny
Bhutto wins 1st free Pakistani elections in 11 years
1988 Estonia declares sovereignty in internal affairs
1989 A death squad composed of El Salvadoran army troops kills six
Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.
1989 UNESCO adopts the Seville
Statement on Violence at the twenty-fifth session of its General
Manuel Noriega claims US denied him a fair trial
1995 In Britain, the Queen
mother, aged 95, has hip replacement surgery in London
Teresa receives honorary US citizenship.
1996 The Jumbotron
at Buffalo's HSBC Arena falls to the ice hours before a hockey game;
no one is injured.
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.
2000 Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam
since the end of the Vietnam War.
X-43A scramjet becomes the fastest air-breathing jet flying at
nearly Mach 10 at approx. 11,200 km/h or 3.11 km/s.
occurred on November 16th:
42 -BC- Tiberius
Cesar 2nd Roman emperor (14-37 AD)
1766 Rodolphe Kreutzer France, composer/virtuoso violinist (Paris
1873 W(illiam) C(hristopher) Handy Alabama, jazz star (St Louis Blues)
1888 Burnet Corwin Tuthill NYC, composer (Laurentia)
1888 Clinton Golden Pennsylvania founder (United Steelworkers of America)
1889 George S Kaufman Pittsburgh PA, playwright (This is Show Business)
1895 Michael Arlen Armenia, English writer (An American Verdict)
1895 Paul Hindemith Hanau Germany, composer (Tutti Funtchen)
1896 Lawrence Tibbett Bakersfield CA, baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50)
1899 Mary Margaret McBride Paris MO, radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC)
19-- Charles Jay Hammer actor (Guiding Light)
19-- Dan Shor NYC, actor (Blue & Gray, Cagney & Lacey)
19-- Eddie Castrodad actor (Alan-Dads)
19-- Jay Kerr Del Rio TX, actor (Wizards & Warriors)
1904 Eddie Condon Goodland IN, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor
1908 Burgess Meredith Cleveland Ohio, actor (Mr Novak, Penguin-Batman,
1916 Daws Butler Toledo Ohio, cartoon voice (Elroy Jetson)
1922 Royal Dano NYC, actor (Red Badge of Courage, Cocaine Wars, House
1928 Clu Gulager Holdenville OK, actor (Virginian, Survivors, Tall
1930 Chinua Achebe Nigerian writer (Christmas in Biafra)
1933 Guy Stockwell NYC, actor (Chris-Adventures in Paradise)
1935 Elizabeth Drew journalist (Politics & Money: The Road to
1941 Ann Dore McLaughlin US Secretary of Labor (1987- )
1942 Donna McKechnie Pontiac Michigan, actress/dancer (Company)
1944 Joanna Pettet London, actress (Knots Landing, Cry of the Innocent)
1945 Martine van Hamel Belgium, ballerina (NYC Ballet Co)
1948 Steve Railsback actor (Blue Monkey, Green Monkey, Escape 2000)
1950 Carl J Meade Illinois, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 38, sk:STS-50)
1950 David Leisure actor (Joe Isuzu, Airplane, Charley-Empty Nest)
1953 Griff Rhys Jones British humorist/actor (Morons From Outer Space)
1958 Marg Helgenberger North Bend NB, actress (China Beach, Ryan's
1963 Zina Garrison Houston, tennis player (1988 Olympics Gold, Bronze)
1966 Tammy Lauren San Diego CA, actress (Angie, Out of the Blue)
1966 Tricia Cast Medford NY, actress (Amanda-Bad News Bear, Young
1967 Lisa Bonet San Francisco CA, actress (Cosby Show, Different World,
1969 Bryan Abrams vocalist (Color Me Badd-I Want to Sex You Up)
1970 Martha Plimpton actress (Goonies, Mosquito Coast)
1971 Donald Wolf computer game creator
1979 Michael Faustino actor (brother of David)
Deaths which occurred on November 16th:
1885 Louis Riel French rebel who fought against Canada, executed at
1960 Clark Gable dies at 59
1961 Sam Rayburn Speaker of the House for 17 years, dies
1965 Alexander King writer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 66
1981 Enid Markey actress (Aunt Violet-Bringing Up Buddy), dies at
Milton Friedman dies aged 94