16 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • James II of Scotland, 1430
  • Noah Webster, 1758
  • Oscar Wilde, 1854
  • David Ben-Gurion, 1886
  • Eugene O'Neill, 1888
  • William O. Douglas, 1898
  • Kathleen Winsor, 1919
  • Linda Darnell, 1921
  • Max Bygraves, 1922
  • Angela Lansbury, 1925
  • Günter Grass, 1927
  • Suzanne Somers, 1946
  • Manute Bol, 1962

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Gregory XIV, 1591
  • Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, 1722
  • Grigory Potemkin, 1791
  • Marie Antoinette guillotined, 1793
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop hanged, 1946
  • Leonard Chess, 1969
  • Leo G. Carroll, 1972
  • Hale Boggs killed, 1972
  • Gene Krupa, 1973
  • Dan Dailey, 1978
  • Moshe Dayan, 1981
  • Mario Del Monaco, 1982
  • Cornel Wilde, 1989
  • Art Blakey, 1990
  • Shirley Booth, 1992
  • James Michener, 1997
  • Pierre Salinger, 2004
  • Deborah Kerr, 2007

Today's Events:

  • 1701 - Yale University founded.
  • 1813 - Napoleon's major defeat at Battle of Leipzig by Austria, Prussia, Russian & Swedes begins; ends 10/19.
  • 1829 - America's first modern hotel opens with bathrooms-the 170 room Tremont House, Boston.
  • 1834 - Houses of Parliament burn down in London.
  • 1846 - Ether first demonstrated as an anesthetic by dentist Dr. William T.G. Morton in Boston.
  • 1847 - Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' published in England.
  • 1859 - Abolitionist John Brown and 21 men seize Harpers Ferry, WV and occupy federal arsenal.
  • 1893 - 'Happy Birthday to You' first published by Hill Sisters, Mildred and Patty, in KY.
  • 1916 - Margaret Sanger opens first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, NY.
  • 1923 - Walter (Walt) Disney and brother Roy Disney found The Disney Brothers Studio to produce shorts.
  • 1925 - First weekly radio broadcasts from Britain to continent.
  • 1946 - 11 top Nazis hanged and incinerated in Munich crematorium following Nuremberg trials.
  • 1956 - 11,000 carat emerald found in northern Transvaal, South Africa by Charles Kempt and J. Botes.
  • 1964 - China explodes its first nuclear device becoming 5th nuclear power.
  • 1978 - Karol Wojtyla elected Pope; changes name to John Paul II; first non-Italian since 1522 & first Pole.
  • 1995 - 400,000 Black men march on Washington in the 'Million Man March' against violence and despair.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Gerard Majella
  • Hedwig
  • Lull
  • Gall

Holiday:

  • World Food Day
  • Boss Day in the USA

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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