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11/16/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - November 16
President Bill Clinton
President Bill Clinton

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Today in History in 1965 Walt Disney launched Epcot Center: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow; in 1982 the Space Shuttle Columbia completed its 1st operational flight; and in 2000 Bill Clinton became the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 534 - A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published.
  • 1532 - Francisco Pizarro captures Incan emperor Atahualpa after victory at Cajamarca
  • 1776 - British troops captured Fort Washington during American Revolution
  • 1798 - Kentucky becomes first state to nullify an act of Congress
  • 1864 - Union General William T. Sherman begins march to sea during Civil War
  • 1875 - William Bonwill, patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities
  • 1939 - Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail
  • 1940 - World War II: In response to Germany's leveling of Coventry, England two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
  • 1945 - UNESCO is founded.
  • 1948 - Operation Magic Carpet - 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel
  • 1965 - Walt Disney launches Epcot Center: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
  • 1982 - Space Shuttle Columbia completes its 1st operational flight
  • 2000 - Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1717 - Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert, French Enlightenment philosophe/mathematician (Encyclopédie), (d. 1783)
  • 1873 - William Christopher Handy, Alabama, jazz star (St Louis Blues) (d. 1958)
  • 1907 - Burgess Meredith, Cleveland Ohio, actor (Mr Novak, The Penguin in Batman, Rocky), (d. 1997)
  • 1967 - Lisa Bonet, SF, actress (Cosby Show, Different World, Angel Heart)
  • 1970 - Martha Plimpton, NYC, actress (Goonies, Mosquito Coast)
  • 1977 - Maggie Gyllenhaal, New York, actress (Donnie Darko, The Dark Knight)

Famous Weddings

  • 1683 - Hendrik Casimir II of Nassau-Dietz marries Henriette Amalia
  • 1754 - British PM William Pitt the Elder (46) weds Lady Hester Grenville (34) in Argyle Street, London
  • 1933 - Philippine president Ramon Magsaysay (26) weds Luz Banzon (18) at Lourdes church in Manila
  • 1981 - Luke marries Laura on TV soap "General Hospital" (16 million watch)
  • 1987 - Actress Lisa Bonet marries singer Lenny Kravitz

Famous Divorces

  • 1973 - Sci-fi author Isaac Asimov (53) divorces Gertrude Blugerman after 31 years of marriage
  • 1993 - James Carrey files for divorce from Melissa
  • 2010 - Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (25) divorces "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (29) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage
  • 2011 - Second season American Idol winner Rubben Studdard (33) divorces Surata Zuri McCants due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1960 - Clark Gable, actor (Gone With the Wind), dies at 59
  • 1961 - Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House for 17 years, dies at 79
  • 1966 - Cluny MacPherson, Canadian inventor of the gas mask, dies at 87
  • 2006 - Milton Friedman, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 94

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