This day in history

This day in history

Friday, Nov. 16, is the 321st day of 2012. There are 45 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Journalist Elizabeth Drew is 77. Actress Joanna Pettet is 70. Actress Marg Helgenberger is 54. Jazz singer Diana Krall is 48. Former MLB All-Star Dwight Gooden is 48. Actress Lisa Bonet is 45. Gold medal skater Oksana Baiul is 35. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is 35.

In 1776, British troops captured Fort Washington in New York.


In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state.

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In 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.

In 1946, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded.

In 1959, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘‘The Sound of Music’’ opened on Broadway.

In 1960, Academy Award-winning actor Clark Gable died in Los Angeles at age 59.


In 1961, House Speaker Samuel T. Rayburn, 79, died at his home in Bonham, Texas.

In 1966, Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial of murdering his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.

In 1973, Skylab 4, carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral on an 84-day mission.

In 1982, an agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players.