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United Nations: International Day of Tolerance
(Observed annually on November 16)
United Nations
Estonia: Day of Declaration of Sovereignty
(Commemorates Estonia's declaration of sovereignty from the Soviet Union: 11/16/1988)
Estonia Soviet Union Estonia Ministry for Foreign Affairs
42 B.C. Tiberius (Roman Emperor) Italy Tiberius
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1272 King Henry III of England English Political and Social Leaders English Monarchy
1632 Gustavus Adolphus (King of Sweden) Sweden
1797 Frederick William II (King of Prussia) Germany Britannica
1724 Jack Sheppard (Notorious English Thief) Notorious English Crime
1939 Pierce Butler (Minnesota-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Minnesota Poitical and Social Leaders United States Supreme Court Oyez Minnesota Historical Society
1961 Sam Rayburn (Texas-born Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives) Sam Rayburn Texas Poitical and Social Leaders United States Congress
2000 Hosea Williams (Georgia-born African-American Religious Leader, Civil Rights Activist) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Religion Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
2004 Margaret Hassan (Irish-born CARE Aide Worker Assassinated in Iraq by Islamic Militants) Margaret Hassan Iraq War War on Terrorism
1272 England's King Henry III Dies and Is Succeeded by His Son Edward I Great Britain Edward I Death British Monarchy
1632 Gustav Adolf, King of Sweden Is Killed in the Battle of Luetzen Swedish Political and Social Leaders War Death Concordia
1724 British Highwayman, Jack Sheppard, Hanged in Front of Est. Crowd of 200,000 Notorious Britains Crime Capital Punishment Death Rutgers University
1776 3,000 Hessian Mercenary Soldiers Capture Long Island's Fort Washington New York Revolutionary War Forts History Channel
1797 Frederick William II, King of Prussia, Dies - Succeeded by Frederick William III German Political & Social Leaders Death Britannica
1845 The Republic of Texas and Indian Tribes Conclude Tehuacana Creek Peace Treaty Councils Republic of Texas Native-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1849 Russian Fyodor Dostoevsky Sentenced to Death for Antigovernment Activities Fyodor Dostoevsky Law & Legal Resources History Channel
1863 General Burnside's Union Troops Fend Off Longstreet at Campbell Station, TN Tennessee Ambrose Burnside James Longstreet Battle of Campbell Station History Channel
1875 Ethiopian Forces Surround and Annihilate Egyptian Army of 2,000+ at Gundet Battle Gundet Egypt War Death
1918 Hungary Is Proclaimed a "People's Republic" Hungary European History Corvinus Library
1933 United States and the Soviet Union Establish Diplomatic Relations United States Soviet Union New York Times
Under Secretary of Treasury, Dean Acheson, Resigns Protesting FDR's Gold/Currency Policies Franklin Roosevelt Gold Economics U.S. Treasury
1941 Joseph Goebbels Blames Jews for World War II in NAZI Propaganda Magazine  Joseph Goebbels Propaganda The Holocaust History Channel
1943 Britain's Lord Mountbatten Appointed Supreme Allied Commander in SE Asia. Great Britain British Monarchy World War II Australian War Memorial
1955 His Majesty Mohammed V and the Royal Family of Morocco Return from Exile Morocco France Morocco Ministry of Communication
1961 President Kennedy Delivers Policy Speech at University of Washington's Centennial Convocation Washington President John Kennedy University of Washington History Link
President Kennedy Increases Military Aid to South Vietnam President John Kennedy Vietnam War History Channel
1966 Dr. Sam Sheppard Acquitted of Charges of Murdering His Pregnant Wife in 1954 Ohio Law and Legal Resource Court TV
1988 Estonia Declares Its Sovereignty from the Soviet Union Estonia Soviet Union Estonia Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Benazir Bhutto Is Elected Leader of Pakistan Pakistan Elections History Channel
1990 U.S. Congress Passes Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act U.S. Congress Native American Heritage Historic Documents History Link
1995 U.N. Tribunal Charges Bosnian Serb Leaders with Genocide United Nations Bosnia-Herzegovina Law and Legal Resources Death
Britain's 95-year-old Queen Mother Has Right Hip Replaced Great Britain Queen Mother Health Care BBC
1997 Chinese Dissident, Wei Jingsheng, Arrives in U.S. After 17+ Years in a Labor Camp China Asian-American Heritage CNN
2001 Congress Passes Aviation Security Bill Mandating Federal Security in Airports U.S. Congress Aviation War on Terrorism CNN
Investigators Quarantine Letter with Anthrax Addressed to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Vermont Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress War on Terrorism CNN
2004 C.A.R.E. Worker, Margaret Hassan, Is Assassinated by Islamic Terrorists in Iraq Margaret Hassan Iraq War War on Terrorism Death CARE

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