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 290th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 76 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 3, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,713,440 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 ‘dihectaenneacontagon’ 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 119 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 2,856 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.
  • 1875
    Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah.
  • 1923
    The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.
  • 1940
    Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto is established.
  • 1946
    Nuremberg Trials: Execution of the convicted Nazi leaders of the Main Trial.
  • 1978
    Wanda Rutkiewicz is the first Pole and the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • 1984
    Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1986
    Reinhold Messner becomes the first person to summit all 14 Eight-thousanders.

Who were born on October 16?

  • 1854
    Karl Kautsky, Czech-born German theoretician (d. 1938)
  • 1883
    Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (d. 1973)
  • 1919
    Kathleen Winsor, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1928
    Mary Daly, American feminist philosopher and theologian (d. 2010)
  • 1938
    Carl Gunter Jr, American state legislator (d. 1999)
  • 1946
    Suzanne Somers, American actress
  • 1972
    Tomas Lindberg, Swedish musician (At the Gates)
  • 1981
    Caterina Scorsone, Canadian actress
  • 1986
    Inna, Romanian singer
  • 1988
    Zoltán Stieber, Hungarian footballer

Who died on October 16?

  • 1553
    Lucas Cranach the Elder, German painter (b. 1472)
  • 1649
    Isaac van Ostade, Dutch painter (b. 1621)
  • 1781
    Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, English naval officer (b. 1705)
  • 1810
    Nachman of Breslov, founder of Breslov Hasidut (b. 1772)
  • 1946
    Nuremberg trial executions of the Main Trial: Wilhelm Frick, German war criminal (b. 1877)
  • 1968
    Ellis Kinder, baseball player (b. 1914)
  • 1972
    Hale Boggs, US Congressman from Louisiana (b. 1914)
  • 1983
    Jakov Gotovac, Croatian composer (b. 1895)
  • 2005
    Eugene “Porky” Lee, American child actor (b. 1933)
  • 2006
    Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (b. 1921)

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