November 16, 2023 at 8:26 a.m.
Today In History
Today In History – November 16
November 16 is the 320th day of the year
These three men are the prime crew for the Skylab 4 mission today in 1973. Pictured in their Skylab spacesuits with a globe and a model of the Skylab space station are, left to right, astronaut Gerald P. Carr, commander; scientist-astronaut Edward G. Gibson, science pilot; and astronaut William R. Pogue, pilot.
(Photo Courtesy of NASA)
There are many events that happened on this date in history. Here are just a few of them!
November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 45 days remain until the end of the year.
1272 – While travelling during the Ninth Crusade, Prince Edward becomes King of England upon Henry III of England's death, but he will not return to England for nearly two years to assume the throne.
1532 – Francisco Pizarro and his men capture Inca Emperor Atahualpa at the Battle of Cajamarca.
1776 – American Revolutionary War: British and Hessian units 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.
1855 – David Livingstone becomes the first European to see the Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia-Zimbabwe.
1863 – American Civil War: In the Battle of Campbell's Station, Confederate troops unsuccessfully attack Union forces which allows General Ambrose Burnside to secure Knoxville, Tennessee.
1871 – The National Rifle Association of America receives its charter from New York State.
1904 – English engineer John Ambrose Fleming receives a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).
1907 – Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory join to form Oklahoma, which is admitted as the 46th U.S. state.
1914 – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens.
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.
1990 – Pop group Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It's True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals.
2002 – The first cases of the 2002–2004 SARS outbreak are traced to Foshan, Guangdong Province, China.
2009 – Space Shuttle program: Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched on mission STS-129 to the International Space Station.
2022 – Artemis Program: NASA launches Artemis 1 on the first flight of the Space Launch System, the start of the program's future missions to the moon.
1569 – Paul Sartorius, German organist and composer (d. 1609)
1643 – Jean Chardin, French-English jeweler and explorer (d. 1703)
1806 – Mary Tyler Peabody Mann, American author and educator (d. 1887)
1839 – Louis-Honoré Fréchette, Canadian poet, author, and politician (d. 1908)
1873 – W. C. Handy, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1958)
1889 – George S. Kaufman, American director, producer, and playwright (d. 1961)
1899 – Mary Margaret McBride, American radio host (d. 1976)
1907 – Burgess Meredith, American actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1997)
1928 – Clu Gulager, American actor and director (d. 2022)
1940 – Donna McKechnie, American actress, singer, and dancer
1946 – Jo Jo White, American basketball player and coach (d. 2018)
1956 – Terry Labonte, American race car driver and businessman
1958 – Marg Helgenberger, American actress
1966 – Dave Kushner, American guitarist
1966 – Dean McDermott, Canadian-American actor and producer
1970 – Martha Plimpton, American actress
1977 – Maggie Gyllenhaal, American actress and singer
1993 – Pete Davidson, American comedian and actor
1272 – Henry III of England (b. 1207)
1806 – Moses Cleaveland, American general, lawyer, and politician, founded Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1754)
1808 – Mustafa IV, Ottoman sultan (b. 1779)
1947 – Giuseppe Volpi, Italian businessman and politician, founded the Venice Film Festival (b. 1877)
1950 – Bob Smith, American physician and surgeon, co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1879)
1960 – Clark Gable, American actor (b. 1901)
1961 – Sam Rayburn, American lawyer and politician, 48th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1882)
1999 – Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1928)
2000 – Robert Earl Davis, American hip-hop artist (b. 1971)
2005 – Ralph Edwards, American radio and television host and producer (b. 1913)
2013 – Charles Waterhouse, American painter, sculptor, and illustrator (b. 1924)
2014 – Charles Champlin, American historian, author, and critic (b. 1926)
2014 – Carl Sanders, American soldier, pilot, and politician, 74th Governor of Georgia (b. 1925)
2015 – David Canary, American actor (b. 1938)
2015 – Michael C. Gross, American graphic designer and producer (b. 1945)
2022 – Robert Clary, French-American actor and author (b. 1926)
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