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  • 2016 Today in History
    November 16
    1798 British seamen board the U.S. frigate Baltimore and impress a number of crewmen as alleged deserters, a practice that contributed to the War of 1812.
    1813 The British announce a blockade of Long Island Sound, leaving only the New England coast open to shipping.
    1821 Trader William Becknell reaches Santa Fe, N.M., on the route that will become known as the Santa Fe Trail.
    1846 General Zachary Taylor takes Saltillo, Mexico.
    1864 Union General William T. Sherman departs Atlanta and begins his "March to the Sea."
    1892 King Behanzin of Dahomey (now Benin), leads soldiers against the French.
    1902 A cartoon appears in the Washington Star, prompting the Teddy Bear Craze, after President Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a captive bear tied up for him to shoot during a hunting trip to Mississippi.
    1907 The Indian and Oklahoma territories are unified to make Oklahoma, which becomes the 46th state.
    1913 Swann's Way, the first volume of Marcel Proust's 7-part novel Remembrance of Things Past, is published.
    1920 Metered mail is born in Stamford, Connecticut with the first Pitney Bowes postage meter.
    1945 Eighty-eight German scientists, holding Nazi secrets, arrive in the United States.
    1948 President Harry S Truman rejects four-power talks on Berlin until the blockade is removed.
    1953 The United States joins in the condemnation of Israel for its raid on Jordan.
    1955 The Big Four talks, taking place in Geneva on German reunification, end in failure.
    1960 After the integration of two all-white schools, 2,000 whites riot in the streets of New Orleans.
    1965 In the last day of the fighting at Landing Zone X-Ray, regiments of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division repulse NVA forces in the Ia Drang Valley.
    1967 U.S. planes hit Haiphong shipyard in North Vietnam for the first time.
    1979 American Airlines is fined $500,000 for improper DC-10 maintenance.
    1982 The space shuttle Columbia completes its first operational flight.
    1989 Salvadoran Army death squad kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.
    1992 Eric Lawes, while using a metal detector to search for a friend's lost hammer near Hoxne, Suffolk, England, discovers the Hoxne Hoard, the largest hoard of Roman silver and gold ever found in Britain, and the largest collection of 4th and 5th century coins found anywhere within the bounds of the former Roman Empire
    1997 Pro-democracy Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng released from prison after 18 years, for health reasons.
    Born on November 16
    42 BC Tiberius Claudius Nero, Roman Emperor.
    1811 John Bright, British Victorian radical who founded the Anti-Corn Law League.
    1839 Louis-Honore Frechette, Canadian poet.
    1873 W.C. Handy, father of the blues, famous for "St. Louis Blues."
    1889 George S. Kaufman, American playwright and collaborator with Moss Hart (You Can't Take it With You , The Man Who Came to Dinner).
    1907 Burgess Meredith, actor; the first man to win the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor twice, and a winner of several Emmys, he is considered one of the most accomplished actors of the 20th century.
    1914 Edward Chapman, spy; after becoming a spy for Nazi Germany, he became a double agent serving his native England.
    1930 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist.
    1935 Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanese Twelver Shi'a scholar; sometimes called the "spiritual mentor" of Hezbollah.
    1952 Peter Keefe, TV producer (Voltron); credited with introducing American audiences to Japanese animation.