November 16th

2004
President George W. Bush nominated Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state.
Condoleezza Rice
2001
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone released. The film version of the popular book by the same name written by author J. K. Rowling starred Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and followed Potter's first year at Hogwarts, a school for magic.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
1988
Estonians declare sovereignty from USSR. Estonians issued the Estonian Sovereignty Declaration as part of the Singing Revolution. The Declaration declared Estonian sovereignty from the Soviet Union and declared Estonian laws paramount over Soviet laws. The day is now celebrated as the Day of Declaration of Sovereignty.
Estonian Sovereignty Declaration
1982
Space Shuttle Columbia completes its 1st operational flight.
Space Shuttle Columbia
1973
President Nixon signed the bill authorizing the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act
1965
Soviets launch Venera 3. Part of the Venera program, it was the first space probe to land on another planet - Venus. Unfortunately, due to technical issues, it was not able to send any data back to Earth. The first space probe to send data from another planet to Earth was Venera 7.
Venera 3
1948
Operation Magic Carpet - 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel.
Operation Magic Carpet (Yemen)
1945
UNESCO founded. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a special branch of the United Nations which promotes peace and well-being through education, scientific collaboration and cultural understanding and exchange. It is headquartered in Paris, France and has 195 state members.
UNESCO
1940
Warsaw ghetto sealed. The largest Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland, the Warsaw ghetto, was created in October 1940 by a German decree. According to the decree, all Jews in the city had to move to the ghetto, which was closed off by a 10 feet wall and had soldiers and police guarding it from the outside 24 hours a day. The ghetto was the scene of one of the largest Jewish uprisings during the Second World War in 1943.
Warsaw Ghetto
1933
The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.
Dates of establishment of diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union ...
1907
Oklahoma became the 46th state.
State of Oklahoma
1864
General Sherman and his troops began their "March to the sea" during the Civil War.
Sherman's March to the Sea
1776
British troops capture Fort Washington during American Revolution.
Battle of Fort Washington
1532
Francisco Pizarro captures Incan Emperor Atahualpa after victory at Cajamarca.
Battle of Cajamarca
534
Second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus published.
Codex Justinianus