November is the eleventh month of the year in our modern-day Gregorian calendar. The month kept its original name from the Latin novem meaning “nine” which marked it the 9th month of the year in the Roman calendar.
According to Gregory calendar, the day number 365 in a year and if it is a leap year then the day number is 366. November 16 has its own special significance in India and world history.
November was named during a time when the calendar year began with March, which is why its name no longer corresponds with its placement in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
Here you will find some important events that happened today in Indian and world History on November 16. Read on to know more about this day.
List of Important Historical events of 16 November:
- 1524: Portuguese famous sailor Vasco de Gama died. Vasco de Gama had succeeded in reaching India by circling the continent of Africa.
- 1632: King Adelf of Sweden is killed.
- 1700: Emperor of Brandenburg, made King of Persia.
- 1720: Pirate “Caligo Jack” Rackham is brought to trial in Spanish Town in Jamaica; Two days later he was hanged at Port Royal.
- 1763: English journalist John Wilkes is wounded in a duel battle.
- 1771: The West Indian Company and Amsterdam split Suriname.
- 1797: Prussian heir apparent, Frederick William, becomes King of Prussia as Frederick William III.
- 1801: First edition of New York Earring Post printed.
- 1846: Famous Urdu poet Akbar Allahabad was born in Bara near Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh.
- 1856: Amsterdam Post Office is established in Neuweisz Waurbergwalge.
- 1872: The London Metropolitan Police begins a strike.
- 1907: Oklahoma is recognized as the 46th state of the United States.
- 1908: General Motors Corporation is established.
- 1912: Kaiser Wilhelm-II inaugurates the Bober River Dam in the city of Silesia.
- 1925: The Red Kimono and Stage Struck are screened.
- 1938: Albert Hofmann’s invention of lysergic acid diethylamide drug came into existence.
- 1945: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ie UNESCO is decided to be formed.
- 1946: American scientists succeeded in making artificial rain for the first time in the world by leaving elements of carbonic gas in the atmosphere.
- 1947: Cyclone Kathleen killed 1,930 people in Saitama, Tokyo.
- 1975: The Third Cod War between the United Kingdom and Iceland begins.
- 1988: Benazir Bhutto was elected the first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan. The election was held after nearly a decade in Pakistan.
- 1992: Eric Lowes discovers the largest ‘treasure hoax’ of gold-silver coins of the fourth-fifth century.
- 1996: Mother Teresa receives honorary US citizenship
- 2007: One to go airline crashes in Thailand, killing 89 people.
- 2013: A gunman shot and killed 12 people in a naval camp in Washington.