On this day: November 16

Published On: Nov 14 2012 10:50:45 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 16 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

Coca-Cola patents its iconic contoured bottle, Al Capone leaves prison, Harry Potter makes his movie debut, and Prince William and Kate Middleton announce their engagement, all on this day.

OTD November 16 - Albert Hofmann
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1938: LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann (seen here in 1993) at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, as part of a large research program searching for medically useful ergot alkaloid derivatives. The short form "LSD" comes from the drug's early code name LSD-25, an abbreviation for the German "Lysergsäure-diethylamid" followed by a sequential number

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