November 16 in history


On November 16:

1384  Jadwiga was crowned King of Poland, although she was a woman.

1532  Francisco Pizarro and his men captured Inca Emperor Atahualpa.

Ataw Wallpa portrait.jpg

1840 New Zealand officially became a British colony.

1896  Joan Lindsay, Australian author (Picnic at Hanging Rock), was born.

1914 The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opened.

1938  LSD was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel.

1940  the Nazis closed off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world.


The wall of ghetto in Warsaw, being constructed by German order in August 1940.

1945 UNESCO was founded.

1953 Griff Rhys Jones, Welsh comedian, writer and actor, was born.

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1973  Brendan Laney, New Zealand born Scottish rugby player, was born.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


Cheryl Moana Marie – John Rowles


Day 16 of the tune a day challenge for New Zealand Music Month.

In 1969 John Rowles was invited to represent New Zealand at the Rio de Jenero music festival, he wrote a song specially for it, inspired by his sister. Cheryl Moana Marie became a top 50 hit in the USA, was number one in New Zealand and Australia and was chosen for a UNESCO song book.

It had a revival here last year when Rowles sang it in a cameo appearance in Second Hand Wedding.

Catching up on yesterday’s posts:

GonzoFreakpower was all at sea with a marine triolgy

Inquiring Mind posted Hollie Smith singing Bathe in the River

Keeping Stock introduced a bit of glam rock with Space Waltz Out on the Street 

Rob chose Hold Me 1 from the Able Tasmans and has got in early with music for the weekend: The Chills with Great Escape.

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