On this day: November 16

Published On: Nov 14 2012 10:50:45 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 16 2015 01:00:00 AM CST

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

OTD November 16 - Alaska Pipeline
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1973: U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, halting all legal challenges and authorizing the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

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