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 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 76 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 3, 2023 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 471,504 hours 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.
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 117 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 3,951 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 16 Historical Events
Magister militum Ricimer defeats Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the Western Roman Empire.
The Battle of Wattignies ends in a French victory.
The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is “discovered”.
Chinese Communists begin the Long March; it ended a year and four days later, by which time Mao Zedong had regained his title as party chairman.
Wally Walrus, Woody Woodpecker’s first steady foil, was debuted at the The Beach Nut, a Walter Lantz’s cartoon.
The diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and the German Democratic Republic are established.
Cuban Missile Crisis between the United States, and Cuba and the USSR, begins.
Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Rahima Banu, a two-year old girl from the village of Kuralia in Bangladesh, is the last known person to be infected with naturally occurring smallpox.
The Australian Coalition opposition parties using their senate majority, vote to defer the decision to grant supply of funds for the Whitlam Government’s annual budget, sparking the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis.
Who were born on October 16?
Hirobumi Ito, Japanese politician (d. 1909)
Goose Goslin, American baseball player (d. 1971)
Primo Conti, Italian painter (d. 1988)
Enver Hoxha, Albanian dictator (d. 1985)
Suzanne Somers, American actress
Marc Levy, French novelist
Ethan Luck, American musician (The O.C. Supertones, Demon Hunter, Relient K)
Erin Brown, American actress, model, filmmaker, and musician
Casey Stoner, Australian motorcycle racer
Craig Pickering, British sprinter
Who died on October 16?
François de Malherbe, French poet and critic (b. 1555)
Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (b. 1591)
Sylvius Leopold Weiss, German composer and lutenist (b. 1687)
Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, English naval officer (b. 1705)
Patrice MacMahon, duc de Magenta, President of France (b. 1808)
Leo G. Carroll, English actor (b. 1886)
Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
Mel Carnahan, American politician (b. 1934)
Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1915)
Dan Wheldon, English auto racer (b. 1978)
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