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This Day in History – November 16, 2011




534 – A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published. 1532 – Francisco Pizarro and his men capture Inca Emperor Atahualpa. 1676 – First colonial prison organized, Nantucket, Massachusetts 1776 – The United Provinces (Low Countries) recognize the independence of the United States. 1776 –Hessian mercenaries capture Fort Washington from the Patriots. 1798 – Kentucky becomes First state to nullify an act of Congress 1821 – Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail. 1841 – N.E. Guerin of NY patents cork-filled life preserver 1849 – Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for anti-government activities in Russia; his sentence is later commuted to hard labor. 1907 – Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory join to form Oklahoma, that is admitted as the 46th U.S. state. 1914 – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens. 1920 – Postage meter First used in US in lieu of postage stamps 1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt establishes diplomatic relations with USSR 1938 – LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland. 1940 – Nazis close off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world. 1945 – Operation Paperclip – the United States Army secretly admits 88 German scientists and engineers to help in the development of rocket technology. 1945 – UNESCO is founded. 1945 – Yeshiva College (University), chartered in NY, First US Jewish College 1957 – Ed Gein butchers last victim 1959 – “Sound of Music” opens on Broadway 1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA San Francisco Warriors scores 73 points vs NY 1965 – First public announcement about Walt Disney World 1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline. 1981 – Luke marries Laura on General Hospital 1987 – Lisa Bonet marries Lenny Kravitz 1988 – Benazir Bhutto wins First free Pakistani elections in 11 years 1988 – Robin Givens sues Mike Tyson for $125 million for libel 2000 – Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. 2010 – Prince William and the Kate Middleton announced their engagement at Clarence House.]]]]> ]]>

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