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 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 76 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 3, 2019 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,186,400 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 101 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 2,490 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 16 Historical Events
Marie Antoinette, widow of Louis XVI, is guillotined at the height of the French Revolution.
William TG Morton first demonstrated ether anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome.
The Nickel Plate Railroad opens for business.
Soviet leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin are inaugurated as General Secretary of the CPSU and Premier, respectively and the collective leadership is established.
United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos are kicked off the US team for participating in the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.
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.
Wanda Rutkiewicz is the first Pole and the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
The Bill debuted on ITV, eventually becoming the longest-running police procedural in British television history.
Luby’s massacre: George Hennard runs amok in Killeen, Texas, killing 23 and wounding 20 in Luby’s Cafeteria.
The Skye Bridge is opened.
Who were born on October 16?
Francis Lubbock, American politician (d. 1905)
Paul Strand, American photographer (d. 1975)
William O. Douglas, American jurist (d. 1980)
León Klimovsky, Argentine film director (d. 1996)
Kathleen Winsor, American writer (d. 2003)
Kaizer Motaung, Southafrican footballer and footballmanager
Ron Taylor, American actor (d. 2002)
Tim Robbins, American actor, director, and writer
Nico Lazaridis, German footballer
Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter
Who died on October 16?
François de Malherbe, French poet and critic (b. 1555)
Eva Marie Veigel, Austrian ballet dancer (b. 1724)
Nuremberg trial executions of the Main Trial: Wilhelm Frick, German war criminal (b. 1877)
Patsy Callighen, Canadian Hockey Player (b. 1906)
Leo G. Carroll, English actor (b. 1886)
Nick Begich, US Congressman from Alaska (b. 1932)
Moshe Dayan, Israeli general (b. 1915)
Dawson family, American murder victims
John Murra, Ukrainian-American anthropologist (b. 1916)
Tommy Johnson, American tubist (b. 1935)
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