What happened this day in history October 16

What are the important events that happened on October 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 16 is the 289th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 76 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 3, 2021 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,239,040 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaoctacontaenneagon’ day.

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Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 108 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,221 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 16 Historical Events

  • 1781
    George Washington captures Yorktown, Virginia after the Siege of Yorktown.
  • 1793
    Marie Antoinette, widow of Louis XVI, is guillotined at the height of the French Revolution.
  • 1843
    Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers.
  • 1940
    Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto is established.
  • 1946
    Nuremberg Trials: Execution of the convicted Nazi leaders of the Main Trial.
  • 1968
    United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos are kicked off the US team for participating in the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.
  • 1970
    In response to the October Crisis terrorist kidnapping, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau of Canada invokes the War Measures Act.
  • 1975
    The Balibo Five, a group of Australian television journalists based in the town of Balibo in the then Portuguese Timor (now East Timor), are killed by Indonesian troops.
  • 1978
    Pope John Paul II is elected after the October 1978 Papal conclave.
  • 2006
    Hawaii Earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocks Hawaii, causing property damage, injuries, landslides, power outages, and the closure of Honolulu International Airport.

Who were born on October 16?

  • 1710
    Andreas Hadik, Austro-Hungarian general (d. 1790)
  • 1884
    Rembrandt Bugatti, Italian sculptor (d. 1916)
  • 1931
    Rosa Rosal, Filipino actress and humanitarian
  • 1965
    Tom Tolbert, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Kazuyuki Fujita, Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1972
    Adrianne Frost, American comedian and author
  • 1972
    Kordell Stewart, American football player
  • 1977
    John Mayer, American musician
  • 1980
    Sue Bird, American basketball player
  • 1986
    Craig Pickering, British sprinter

Who died on October 16?

  • 1750
    Sylvius Leopold Weiss, German composer and lutenist (b. 1687)
  • 1793
    Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (executed) (b. 1755)
  • 1893
    Patrice MacMahon, duc de Magenta, President of France (b. 1808)
  • 1946
    Nuremberg trial executions of the Main Trial: Wilhelm Frick, German war criminal (b. 1877)
  • 1951
    Liaqat Ali Khan, first Prime Minister of Pakistan (b 1895)
  • 1952
    Ghulam Bhik Nairang, Indian/Pakistani Muslim leader and poet (b. 1876)
  • 1975
    Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor (b. 1885)
  • 2000
    Mel Carnahan, American politician (b. 1934)
  • 2002
    Dawson family, American murder victims
  • 2006
    Valentín Paniagua Corazao, Ex President of Peru (b. 1936)

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