In 1995 UNESCO declared November 16th to be International Day for Tolerance to help generate public awareness of dangers involved with intolerance.
It is also the day, the following things happened:
In 1776 American Revolution: The United Provinces (Low Countries) recognize the independence of the United States.
In 1907 Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory become Oklahoma and are admitted as the 46th U.S. state.
In 1940, in occupied Poland, the Nazis close off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world.
In 1973 President Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law.
In 1988 the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR declares that Estonia is “sovereign” but stops short of declaring independence.
In 1988, in the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan elect populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister of Pakistan.
In 1847 Edmund James Flynn, birth Canadian politician (d. 1927)
In 1885 Louis Riel, died Canadian politician (b. 1844)
In 2000 Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.