Holidays Calendar for November 16, 2016

Mother's Day in North Korea is celebrated in November 16. This public holiday was established in 2012 to honor all mothers in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Flag Day, also known as Statia Day, is a public holiday in the special municipality of the Netherlands Sint Eustatius. It is celebrated on November 16 to commemorate the adoption of the flag of Sint Eustatius in 2004.

GIS Day is celebrated in many countries around the world on the third Wednesday in November. This holiday was created in 1999 in the USA and later it spread to other countries.


Day of Radio, Television and Communication Workers is an official professional holiday in Ukraine celebrated on November 16. It was established by President Leonid Kuchma in 1994, who supported the initiative of the country's telecommunication workers.

Naval Infantry Day is an official holiday in the Armed Forces of Ukraine celebrated on November 16. It was established by acting President Oleksandr Turchynov in March 2014.

Icelandic Language Day (Dagur Íslenskrar tungu) is celebrated on November 16. This date was chosen to commemorate the birth anniversary of Jónas Hallgrímsson, a famous Icelandic poet and author.

Buß- und Bettag (Day of Repentance and Prayer) is a public holiday in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is celebrated on the second Wednesday before the first Sunday of Advent.


November 16 is Day of Declaration of Sovereignty in Estonia. It commemorates the Estonian Sovereignty Declaration of 1988. Although it is an official holiday established by the Parliament, employees are not given a day off.

November 16 is the perfect day to indulge yourself with your favorite kind of fast food because the National Fast Food Day is celebrated on this date.

International Day for Tolerance is a United Nations observance held on November 16. It was officially established by UNESCO in 1995 to raise awareness of the dangers of intolerance. In 1996, the UN General Assembly invited the Member States to observe the day.

World COPD Day (also World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day) is annually observed on the second or third Wednesday in November (mostly the third). This international observance was created in 2002.


This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Jadwiga Piłsudska, Polish pilot, who served in the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II. She was the daughter of Marshal Józef Piłsudski.
  • 2006 Died: Yuri Levada, Russian sociologist and political scientist. He is best known for founding the Levada Center, an independent research institute.
  • 2006 Died: Milton Friedman, American economist, statistician, writer, and professor who was awarded the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
  • 2005 Died: Donald Watson, English animal rights advocate. Watson is best known for coining the term "vegan" and founding the Vegan Society in 1944.
  • 1999 Died: Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist. He shared the 1978 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine with Werner Arber and Hamilton O. Smith.
  • 1997 Chinese human rights activist Wei Jingsheng was released after nearly 18 years of imprisonment on medical parole. He was promptly deported to the United States.
  • 1992 The Hoxne Hoard was discovered by a metal detectorist in the village of Hoxne in Suffolk. It is the largest hoard of late Roman coins discovered in Britain.
  • 1989 Six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter were murdered at the campus of Jose Simeon Canas University in San Salvador, El Salvador.
  • 1979 The first line of the Bucharest Metro opened for service, running from Semănătoarea (now Petrache Poenaru) to Timpuri Noi. It had 6 stations and was 8.1-km long.
  • 1977 Born: Oksana Baiul, Ukrainian figure skater. She is the first skater to win gold at the Winter Olympics representing Ukraine (the 1994 Winter Olympics).
  • 1977 Born: Maggie Gyllenhaal, American actress of stage and screen known for her roles in Donnie Darko, Secretary, The Dark Knight, Crazy Heart, The Honorable Woman.
  • 1973 NASA launched Skylab 4, the third manned Skylab mission. Three astronauts were launched on a Saturn IB rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
  • 1971 Died: Edie Sedgwick, American heiress, socialite, actress, and fashion model. Sedgwick is primarily remembered for being one of Andy Warhol's superstars.
  • 1966 Born: Dean McDermott, Canadian-American actor and television host. He is best known as a reality television star with his wife, actress Tori Spelling.
  • 1965 The Soviet Union launched Venera 3, a Venera program space probe. It became the first spacecraft to impact on the surface of another planet.
  • 1964 Born: Diana Krall, Canadian jazz pianist and singer, noted for her contralto vocals. As of 2015, she has won five Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards.
  • 1960 Died: Clark Gable, American film actor often referred to as the "King of Hollywood". He is remembered for his roles in It Happened One Night and Gone with the Wind.
  • 1952 Born: Peter Keefe, American television producer best known as the creator of the popular animated television series Voltron: Defender of the Universe.
  • 1952 Born: Shigeru Miyamoto, Japanese video game designer and producer. He created such game franchises as Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda etc.
  • 1950 Died: Bob Smith, also known as Dr. Bob, American physician and surgeon who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous with Bill Wilson (known as Bill W.) in 1935.
  • 1947 Died: Giuseppe Volpi, Italian businessman and politician. He is best known as the founder of the Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world.
  • 1946 Born: Colin Burgess, Australian musician who is best known as the original drummer for the hard rock band AC/DC (he left the band in February 1974).
  • 1945 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded to promote international collaboration through education, science, and culture.
  • 1942 Born: Donna McKechnie, American dancer, choreographer, actress, and singer. She is best known for her relationship with choreographer Michael Bennett.
  • 1940 In occupied Poland, the Nazis closed the Warsaw Ghetto to the outside world. They surrounded the ghetto with a three-meter wall topped with barbed wire.
  • 1922 Born: José Saramago, Portuguese writer who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. His most notable works include Blindness and The Elephant's Journey.
  • 1848 Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frédéric Chopin made his last public appearance on a concert platform at Guildhall, London. He died a year later.
  • 1806 Died: Moses Cleaveland, American lawyer, politician, soldier, and surveyor. He is best known as the founder of the United States city of Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 1717 Born: Jean le Rond d'Alembert, French mathematician, mechanician, physicist, philosopher, and music theorist. He is best known for d'Alembert's formula.
  • 1272 Edward I became King of England, following the death of Henry III. He was crowned in 1274, as he was traveling during the Ninth Crusade when his father died.