16 Nov 1936
  • Spanish Nationalist Colonel Jos? Varela's troops had forced a bridgehead over the River Manzanares en route to Madrid, Spain. They would capture almost three quarters of the University City in the coming week before being stopped by Spanish Republican militias. ww2dbase [The Spanish Civil War | AC]
  • John Winant began his second term as the Chairman of the United States Social Security Board. ww2dbase [John Winant | CPC]
  • Soviet pilot Pavel Rychagov was shot down in Spain in an I-15 fighter; he survived the crash. ww2dbase [I-15 | CPC]
  • Captain Ryozo Fukuda was named the commanding officer of Nachi. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
United States
  • The US 2nd Marine Brigade completed a three-day training exercise with US Navy warships at San Clemente Island, California, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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