November 16 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

534 Second and final revision of the Justinian Code published, a codified set of imperial and classical laws begun initially in 528

1532 Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captures Inca Emperor Atahualpa after a surprise ambush at Cajamarca in the Peruvian Andes

1776 British troops capture Fort Washington during American Revolution

1945 Founding of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Today’s Historical Events

13 General Tiberius‘ (later Emperor) triumphant procession through Rome after siege of Germany

534 Second and final revision of the Justinian Code published, a codified set of imperial and classical laws begun initially in 528

1491 An auto de fe, held in the Brasero de la Dehesa outside of Ávila, concludes the case of the Holy Child of La Guardia with the public execution of several Jewish and converso suspects.

1519 City of Havana moved to its current location to avoid mosquito infestations

1532 Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captures Inca Emperor Atahualpa after a surprise ambush at Cajamarca in the Peruvian Andes

1572 Troops under Don Frederik (the Spanish General Fadrique Alvarez de Toledo) occupy and plunder Zutphen, Netherlands

1581 Tsar Ivan the Terrible attacks his son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich, with a scepter after an argument leading to the latter’s death three days later

1632 Battle of Lützen: Significant battle of Thirty Years’ War – Swedish and Saxon forces defeat the Holy Roman Empire, at cost of the death of Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1957 BBC’s 1st pop music show, the “Six-Five Special”, is broadcast from the tiny 2i’s Coffee Bar in London

1965 Walt Disney launches Epcot Center: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

1982 Tom Stoppard‘s play “The Real Thing” premieres in London starring Felicity Kendal and Roger Rees

1988 Robin Givens sues Mike Tyson for $125 million for libel

2001 “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, 1st film adaptation of the book series by J. K. Rowling starring Daniel Radcliffe, premieres in US (Titled “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s’s Stone” in some markets)

2003 31st American Music Awards: Kid Rock, Jennifer Lopez & Luther Vandross win

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1903 V Herbert & H Smith’s musical “Babette” premieres in NYC

1908 Arturo Toscanini begins conducting NY’s Metropolitan Opera

1916 I. Berlin, V. Herbert, H. Blossoms musical premieres in NYC

1935 Cole Porter‘s musical “Anything Goes” closes at 46th Street Theatre, NYC, after 420 performances

1935 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart‘s musical “Jumbo” premieres in NYC

1956 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, named Musical Director of La Scala, Milan

1957 “Copper & Brass” closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances

1959 “The Sound of Music” musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 1443 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1907 12th Iron Bowl: Auburn and Alabama tie 6-6 in Birmingham

1909 Dutch football club FC Eindhoven is founded in southern part of the city; Eredivisie 1954; KNVB Cup 1937

1924 Cleveland Bulldogs lose, 12-7 to Frankford Yellow Jackets at Dunn Field; ends 31-game undefeated streak; NFL and major-league football record

1926 New York Rangers ice hockey club first game; beat Montreal Maroons, 1-0 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

1957 Boson Celtics’ center Bill Russell sets NBA record of 49 rebounds as Boston beats Philadelphia Warriors, 111-89 at Boston Gardens

1957 University of Oklahoma Football NCAA win streak ends at 47 after losing 7-0 to Notre Dame at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

1959 Boston business executive Billy Sullivan is awarded eighth and final franchise of developing American Football League (AFL); later branded Boston Patriots

1962 SF Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 73 points in 127-111 win over NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden

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