Check out what took place on this day 16 November in history. From an array of accomplishments and milestones over human history to groundbreaking inventions and events that have shaped the world we live in today.
Here are some of the most notable events that occurred on this day
ON THIS DAY: 16 NOVEMBER
1997 | After 18 years in prison, Chinese pro-democracy dissident Wei Jingsheng is released on health grounds.
1992 | While searching for a friend’s lost hammer near Hoxne, Suffolk, England, Eric Lawes discovers the Hoxne Hoard using a metal detector. It stands as the largest hoard of Roman silver and gold ever found in Britain and the most extensive collection of 4th and 5th-century coins within the former Roman Empire’s boundaries.
1992 | Following the Goldstone Commission’s initial disclosure of the South African Defence Force’s complicity in violence on October 16, 1992, they issued a press statement providing details about the employment of Ferdi Barnard by the Directorate: Covert Collection (DCC).
1989 | A Salvadoran Army death squad kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.
1982 | The first operational flight of the space shuttle Columbia was completed.
1930 | Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian author
1907 | Burgess Meredith, an American actor and director
1904 | Nnamdi Azikiwe, President of Nigeria
1890 | Elpidio Quirino, President of the Philippines
1874 | Aleksandr Vasilyevich Kolchak, a Russian naval officer
2006 | Milton Friedman, an American economist, passed away at the age of 94.
1965 | William Thomas Cosgrave, President of Ireland, died at the age of 85.
1952 | Charles Maurras, a French writer, and political theorist, dies at the age of 84.
1882 | Sam Rayburn, an American politician, died at the age of 79.
1831 | Carl von Clausewitz, a Prussian General, died at the age of 51.
2002 | In the North London derby, Arsenal delivered a remarkable performance, defeating local rivals Tottenham Hotspur 3-0. Thierry Henry’s spectacular strike opens the scoring, putting the Gunners on course to return to the Premier League summit.
2000 | Elton John accuses his former lover and manager John Reid of betrayal over touring costs during a testimony in a London High Court. He alleges that Reid had been “caught with his hands in the till” and sues Andrew Haydon, the former managing director of John Reid Enterprises, for negligence in allowing excessive overseas tour expenses.
By 250 BC, the groundwork for West Africa’s oldest cities, such as Old Djenné in Mali, had been laid.