Today in History: November 16

Today in History: November 16

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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.