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On this day, Nov.16………..

1620 – The first corn (maize) found in the U.S. by British settlers was discovered in Provincetown, by sixteen desperately hungry Pilgrims led by Myles Standish, William Bradford, Stephen Hopkins, and Edward Tilley at a place they named Corn Hill. The food came from a previously harvested cache belonging to a local Indian tribe. This corn provided a much-needed supply of food which saw the Pilgrims through their first Winter in the New World. A commemorative plaque placed on Corn Hill quotes in part “And sure it was God’s good providence that we found this corn for else we know no how we should have done.” The date 16 Nov is according to the Old Style Calendar.

1801 – 1st edition of New York Evening Post.

1841 – The first patent for a U.S. life preserver of cork was issued to Napoleon E. Guerin of New York City for his “Improvement in Buoyant Dresses or Life-Preservers.” It was of the form of a jacket or waistcoat. The jacket was described as being made from a doubled layer of material, with sufficient room for the introduction of from 18 to 20 quarts of rasped or grated cork. After the insertion of the rasped or grated cork between the layers, those parts of the garment left open would be sewn closed. The difference in quantity of cork was chosen according to the size of the person for whom the life preserver is to be made.

1860 – First group of Indian workers reached Natal, South Africa.

1875 – The first U.S. patent for a dental mallet, or “Electro-magnetic Dental Pluggers” was issued to William G.A. Bonwill of Philadelphia. His tooth-filling device was used to drive gold into a tooth cavity. (He derived the idea from observing the sounder of a telegraph key, while at the Continental Hotel in Philadelphia, 27 Feb 1867).

1958 – India and U.S.S.R. sign trade agreement to exchange Soviet industrial and agricultural equipment for farm commodities.

1983 – Kapil Dev takes 9-83 vs. WI at Ahmedabad, but India still loses.

1988 – India gives full recognition to the state of Palestine.

1993 – Kashmir’s 32-day-old Hazaratbal impasse ends with militants’ surrender.

2013 – Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar scores 74 runs in the final Test innings of his career at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

2017 – 19 countries pledge to phase out coal at UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany.

2018 – Elevator falls down 84 floors when hoist rope breaks, all six people survive unharmed at John Hancock Center, Chicago.


1835 – Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. She was named Manikarnika and was called ‘Manu’. (Correct date could be 16th or 19th Nov).

1877 – Ardaseer Cursetjee Wadia, professor, pioneer and innovator. He was the first Indian who was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, London. He introduced lighting by gas and was the first to build “INDUS”, a steam-ship in India in 1833. He also introduced sewing machines, photography and electro-plating.

1917 – Chitragupt, film score composer.

1927 – Shreeram Lagoo, actor.

1963 – Meenakshi Seshadri, actor.

1973 – Pullela Gopichand, Badminton player and coach.

1985 – Aditya Roy Kapoor, actor.

You may have known….

Many fish can change sex during the course of their lives. Others, especially rare deep-sea fish, have both male and female sex organs.

{Composed by Lt. Gen. (R) Raj Kadyan}

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