Once Upon A Time – November 16 – 1959 – “The Sound Of Music” Musical Opens At Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC; Runs For 1443 Performances

534 Second and final revision of the Justinian Code published, a codified set of imperial and classical laws begun initially in 528

1532 Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captures Inca Emperor Atahualpa after a surprise ambush at Cajamarca in the Peruvian Andes

1776 British troops capture Fort Washington during American Revolution

1904  – Birth date of Nnamdi Benjamin Azikiwe, GCFR PC, usually referred to as “Zik”, was a Nigerian statesman and political leader who served as the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. Considered a driving force behind the nation’s independence, he came to be known as the “father of Nigerian Nationalism”.

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

Historical Events Today

Today In Film & Tv

2009 “The Twilight saga: New Moon”, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Chris Weitz, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles

Today In Music

1959 “The Sound of Music” musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 1443 performances

Today In Sport

2003 16-year old Lionel Messi makes his official debut for FC Barcelona when he comes on as a substitute in a friendly against Porto

1824 New York City’s Fifth Avenue opens for business

1938 LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland

Famous Weddings

1683 Hendrik Casimir II of Nassau-Dietz marries Henriette Amalia

1754 British PM William Pitt the Elder (46) weds Lady Hester Grenville (34) in Argyle Street, London

1933 Ramon Magsaysay, latter President of the Philippines (26) weds Luz Banzon (18) at Lourdes church in Manila

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