On November 16:
1384 Jadwiga was crowned King of Poland, although she was a woman.
1840 New Zealand officially became a British colony.
1896 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (Picnic at Hanging Rock), was born.
1940 the Nazis closed off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world.
1945 UNESCO was founded.
1953 Griff Rhys Jones, Welsh comedian, writer and actor, was born.
1973 Brendan Laney, New Zealand born Scottish rugby player, was born.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.