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 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

  • 1793
    Marie Antoinette, widow of Louis XVI, is guillotined at the height of the French Revolution.
  • 1846
    William TG Morton first demonstrated ether anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome.
  • 1882
    The Nickel Plate Railroad opens for business.
  • 1964
    Soviet leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin are inaugurated as General Secretary of the CPSU and Premier, respectively and the collective leadership is established.
  • 1968
    United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos are kicked off the US team for participating in the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.
  • 1975
    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.
  • 1978
    Wanda Rutkiewicz is the first Pole and the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • 1984
    The Bill debuted on ITV, eventually becoming the longest-running police procedural in British television history.
  • 1991
    Luby’s massacre: George Hennard runs amok in Killeen, Texas, killing 23 and wounding 20 in Luby’s Cafeteria.
  • 1995
    The Skye Bridge is opened.

Who were born on October 16?

  • 1815
    Francis Lubbock, American politician (d. 1905)
  • 1890
    Paul Strand, American photographer (d. 1975)
  • 1898
    William O. Douglas, American jurist (d. 1980)
  • 1906
    León Klimovsky, Argentine film director (d. 1996)
  • 1919
    Kathleen Winsor, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1944
    Kaizer Motaung, Southafrican footballer and footballmanager
  • 1952
    Ron Taylor, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1958
    Tim Robbins, American actor, director, and writer
  • 1962
    Nico Lazaridis, German footballer
  • 1969
    Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter

Who died on October 16?

  • 1628
    François de Malherbe, French poet and critic (b. 1555)
  • 1822
    Eva Marie Veigel, Austrian ballet dancer (b. 1724)
  • 1946
    Nuremberg trial executions of the Main Trial: Wilhelm Frick, German war criminal (b. 1877)
  • 1964
    Patsy Callighen, Canadian Hockey Player (b. 1906)
  • 1972
    Leo G. Carroll, English actor (b. 1886)
  • 1972
    Nick Begich, US Congressman from Alaska (b. 1932)
  • 1981
    Moshe Dayan, Israeli general (b. 1915)
  • 2002
    Dawson family, American murder victims
  • 2006
    John Murra, Ukrainian-American anthropologist (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    Tommy Johnson, American tubist (b. 1935)

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