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 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

  • 456
    Magister militum Ricimer defeats Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the Western Roman Empire.
  • 1793
    The Battle of Wattignies ends in a French victory.
  • 1869
    The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is “discovered”.
  • 1934
    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.
  • 1944
    Wally Walrus, Woody Woodpecker’s first steady foil, was debuted at the The Beach Nut, a Walter Lantz’s cartoon.
  • 1949
    The diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and the German Democratic Republic are established.
  • 1962
    Cuban Missile Crisis between the United States, and Cuba and the USSR, begins.
  • 1973
    Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 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.
  • 1975
    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?

  • 1841
    Hirobumi Ito, Japanese politician (d. 1909)
  • 1900
    Goose Goslin, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • 1900
    Primo Conti, Italian painter (d. 1988)
  • 1908
    Enver Hoxha, Albanian dictator (d. 1985)
  • 1946
    Suzanne Somers, American actress
  • 1961
    Marc Levy, French novelist
  • 1978
    Ethan Luck, American musician (The O.C. Supertones, Demon Hunter, Relient K)
  • 1979
    Erin Brown, American actress, model, filmmaker, and musician
  • 1985
    Casey Stoner, Australian motorcycle racer
  • 1986
    Craig Pickering, British sprinter

Who died on October 16?

  • 1628
    François de Malherbe, French poet and critic (b. 1555)
  • 1655
    Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (b. 1591)
  • 1750
    Sylvius Leopold Weiss, German composer and lutenist (b. 1687)
  • 1781
    Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, English naval officer (b. 1705)
  • 1893
    Patrice MacMahon, duc de Magenta, President of France (b. 1808)
  • 1972
    Leo G. Carroll, English actor (b. 1886)
  • 1998
    Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
  • 2000
    Mel Carnahan, American politician (b. 1934)
  • 2003
    Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1915)
  • 2011
    Dan Wheldon, English auto racer (b. 1978)

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