Wednesday, November 16, 2011

16th of November

It is the 319th day of the year, with only 45 days remaining.

1821 - Missuori trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Sante Fe Trail.

1863 - During the Battle of Campbell's Station near Knoxville, Tennessee, Confederate troops unsuccessfully attack Union forces.

1907 - Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory are joined together to become the 46th U.S. state, Oklahoma.

1938 - LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.

1940 - In occupied Poland, the Nazis close off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world.

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

1945 - In operation Papercilip, the United States Army secretly admits 88 German scientists and engineers to help in the development of rocket technology.

1973 - President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.

2000 - Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

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