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This Day in History – November 16

1901 – First edition of New York Evening Post.

 

1824 – New York City’s Fifth Avenue opens for business.

 

1871 – National Rifle Association is first chartered in the State of New York.

 

1901 – Booker T. Washington and his family are invited to dine at the White House with Teddy and Edith Roosevelt, prompting condemnation from the South.

 

1914 – Federal Reserve System formally opens.

 

1920 – 1st postage stamp meter is set in Stamford, Conn.

 

1933 – President Roosevelt establishes diplomatic relations with USSR.

 

1939 – Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail.

 

1943 – World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.

 

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

 

1950 – US President Harry Truman proclaims emergency crisis caused by communist threat.

 

1960 – NL batting champion Dick Groat wins MVP.

 

1961 – US President JFK decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing US combat troops.

 

1969 – 1968 My Lai massacre of between 347 and 504 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by US soldiers is first reported.

 

1973 – US President Richard Nixon authorizes construction of the Alaskan pipeline.

 

1981 – President Reagan decides on a covert plan to block Cuban aid to Nicaragua and El Salvador.

 

1995 – US Attorney General Janet Reno announces she has Parkinson’s disease.

 

1996 – 18th ACE Cable Awards: Lifetime wins the Golden CableACE for “Lifetime Applauds: The Fight Against Breast Cancer”

 

2000 – Bill Clinton becomes the first US President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

 

2017 – US Senator Al Franken accused of groping and forcibly kissing a woman.

 

2018 – CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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