October 16

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October 16 Events - World Wide

October 16 marks the 289th day of the Gregorian calendar (or 290th in leap years). With only 76 days left in the year, this date reminds us of the changing seasons and the gradual approach of the year’s end. As autumn unfolds in the Northern Hemisphere, colorful leaves fall, and temperatures begin to cool. In the Southern Hemisphere, spring is in full swing, with nature coming to life in a burst of blossoms and greenery.

This day holds significance for many as they reflect on the year’s accomplishments and set goals for the remaining time. Some may celebrate birthdays or anniversaries, while others take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the world around them.

As we embrace the unique character of October 16, we’re reminded of the inexorable passage of time and the constant renewal of life on Earth. It’s a day to treasure and make the most of the time we have left in the year, as we prepare for the adventures and challenges that lie ahead.

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Events List - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • 456 – Ricimer emerges victorious over Avitus in Piacenza, securing his authority as the master of the Western Roman Empire.
  • 690 – Empress Wu Zetian assumes the throne of the Tang dynasty and declares herself ruler of the Chinese Empire.
  • 912 – Abd ar-Rahman III is inaugurated as the eighth Emir of Córdoba.
  • 955 – King Otto I quells a Slavic uprising in what is now Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
  • 1311 – The Council of Vienne assembles for its inaugural session.
  • 1384 – Jadwiga, despite her gender, is ceremoniously crowned as the King of Poland.
  • 1590 – Prince Gesualdo of Venosa perpetrates the murder of his spouse and her paramour.

1601–1900

  • 1736 – Mathematician William Whiston’s anticipated comet misses Earth, averting catastrophe.
  • 1780 – American Revolutionary War: The British-commanded Royalton raid marks the final Native American incursion into New England.
  • 1780 – The Great Hurricane of 1780 concludes after six devastating days, claiming the lives of an estimated 20,000 to 24,000 inhabitants of the Lesser Antilles.
  • 1793 – During the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette meets her tragic end at the guillotine.
  • 1793 – In the War of the First Coalition, the French triumph in the Battle of Wattignies compels Austria to lift the siege of Maubeuge.
  • 1805 – In the War of the Third Coalition, Napoleon successfully encircles the Austrian army at Ulm.
  • 1813 – The Sixth Coalition launches an assault against Napoleon in the momentous three-day Battle of Leipzig.
  • 1817 – Pioneering Italian explorer and archaeologist Giovanni Belzoni unearths the Tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings.
  • 1817 – Simón Bolívar condemns Manuel Piar to death for his challenge to racial hierarchies in Venezuela.
  • 1834 – A devastating fire consumes a significant portion of the historic Palace of Westminster in London.
  • 1836 – In the era of the Great Trek, Afrikaner pioneers fend off a Matabele attack but lose their livestock.
  • 1841 – Queen’s University is established in the Province of Canada.
  • 1843 – Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton introduces quaternions, a three-dimensional system of complex numbers.
  • 1846 – William T. G. Morton administers ether anesthesia during a surgical procedure.
  • 1847 – The novel “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë is published in London.
  • 1859 – Abolitionist John Brown leads a daring raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia.
  • 1869 – The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is “discovered.”
  • 1869 – Girton College, Cambridge is established, becoming England’s inaugural residential college for women.
  • 1875 – Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah.
  • 1882 – The Nickel Plate Railroad commences operations.

1901–present

  • 1905 – India witnesses the Partition of Bengal.
  • 1909 – The inaugural summit between a U.S. president, William Howard Taft, and a Mexican president, Porfirio Díaz, narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.
  • 1916 – Margaret Sanger inaugurates the United States‘ first family planning clinic.
  • 1919 – Adolf Hitler delivers his maiden public address at a German Workers’ Party gathering.
  • 1923 – Walt Disney and his brother, Roy, establish the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, known today as The Walt Disney Company.
  • 1934 – Chinese Communists embark on the Long March to evade Nationalist forces.
  • 1939 – In a historic event, No. 603 Squadron RAF intercepts the first Luftwaffe raid on Britain.
  • 1940 – In the midst of the Holocaust in Poland, the Warsaw Ghetto is instituted.
  • 1943 – The Holocaust reaches Italy as a raid is conducted on the Roman Ghetto.
  • 1946 – The Nuremberg trials lead to the execution, by hanging, of ten defendants found guilty by the International Military Tribunal.
  • 1947 – The Philippines assumes administration of the Turtle Islands and the Mangsee Islands from the United Kingdom.
  • 1949 – The Greek Communist Party declares a “temporary cease-fire,” effectively concluding the Greek Civil War.
  • 1951 – Pakistan’s inaugural Prime Minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, is assassinated in Rawalpindi.
  • 1953 – Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro delivers his “History Will Absolve Me” speech, leading to a 15-year imprisonment sentence by the Fulgencio Batista government for his role in an attack on the Moncada Barracks.
  • 1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis commences as U.S. President John F. Kennedy is briefed on aerial photos, taken on October 14, revealing nuclear missiles (this crisis will span 13 days from this point).
  • 1964 – China conducts its first nuclear weapon test.
  • 1964 – Leonid Brezhnev ascends to leadership of the Soviet Communist Party, while Alexei Kosygin becomes the head of government.
  • 1968 – Tommie Smith and John Carlos are expelled from the U.S. Olympic team for their participation in the Black Power salute during the Olympics.
  • 1968 – Kingston, Jamaica, is rocked by the Rodney riots, instigated by the barring of Walter Rodney from the country.
  • 1968 – Yasunari Kawabata becomes the first Japanese individual to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1970 – Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau invokes the War Measures Act during the October Crisis.
  • 1973 – Henry Kissinger and Lê Đức Thọ are jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1975 – Indonesian troops fatally shoot the Balibo Five, a group of Australian journalists, in Portuguese Timor.
  • 1975 – Three-year-old Rahima Banu, hailing from Bangladesh, marks the last known instance of naturally occurring smallpox.
  • 1975 – The Australian Coalition ignites a constitutional crisis by voting to defer funding for the government’s annual budget.
  • 1978 – Cardinal Karol Wojtyła is chosen as Pope John Paul II, becoming the first non-Italian pontiff since 1523.
  • 1984 – Desmond Tutu is honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1991 – George Hennard perpetrates a rampage in Killeen, Texas, resulting in 23 fatalities and 20 injuries.
  • 1995 – The Million Man March draws approximately 837,000 participants to Washington, D.C.
  • 1995 – The Skye Bridge in Scotland is officially opened.
  • 1996 – Tragedy strikes as 84 football fans die, and 180 are injured in a massive crush at a match in Guatemala City.
  • 1998 – Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is apprehended in London on a murder extradition warrant.
  • 2002 – The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is inaugurated in Egypt, commemorating the ancient library of Alexandria.
  • 2013 – Lao Airlines Flight 301 crashes while approaching Pakse International Airport in Laos, resulting in 49 casualties.
  • 2017 – Storm Ophelia hits the U.K. and Ireland, causing significant damage and widespread power outages.

Births List - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • 1351 – Gian Galeazzo Visconti, who later became the inaugural Duke of Milan (d. 1402), is born.
  • 1396 – William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, a notable English admiral (d. 1450), comes into the world.
  • 1430 – James II of Scotland (d. 1460) is born on this day.
  • 1483 – Gasparo Contarini, an Italian cardinal and diplomat (d. 1542), is born in this year.
  • 1535 – Niwa Nagahide, a Japanese samurai (d. 1585), enters the world.
  • 1588 – Luke Wadding, an Irish Franciscan friar and historian (d. 1657), is born.

1601–1900

  • 1605 – Charles Coypeau d’Assoucy, the French writer and composer (d. 1677), is born.
  • 1620 – Pierre Paul Puget, a renowned French painter and sculptor (d. 1694), comes into the world.
  • 1678 – Anna Waser, a Swiss painter (d. 1714), is born.
  • 1679 – Jan Dismas Zelenka, a Czech viol player and composer (d. 1745), comes into the world.
  • 1710 – András Hadik, the Austrian-Hungarian field marshal (d. 1790), is born.
  • 1714 – Giovanni Arduino, an Italian geologist and academic (d. 1795), is born.
  • 1726 – Daniel Chodowiecki, a Polish-German painter and educator (d. 1801), is born.
  • 1729 – Pierre van Maldere, a Belgian violinist and composer (d. 1768), is born.
  • 1752 – Johann Gottfried Eichhorn, a German theologian and academic (d. 1827), is born.
  • 1754 – Morgan Lewis, an American general, lawyer, and politician, who later served as the 3rd Governor of New York (d. 1844), is born.
  • 1758 – Noah Webster, the American lexicographer (d. 1843), is born.
  • 1762 – Paul Hamilton, an American soldier and politician who later became the 3rd United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 1816), is born.
  • 1789 – William Burton, an American physician and politician who later served as the 39th Governor of Delaware (d. 1866), is born.
  • 1795 – William Buell Sprague, an American minister, historian, and author (d. 1876), is born.
  • 1802 – Isaac Murphy, an American educator and politician, who later served as the 8th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1882), is born.
  • 1803 – Robert Stephenson, an English railway and civil engineer (d. 1859), is born.
  • 1804 – Benjamin Russell, an American painter and educator (d. 1885), is born.
  • 1806 – William P. Fessenden, an American lawyer and politician who later became the 26th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1869), is born.
  • 1815 – Francis Lubbock, an American colonel and politician who later served as the 9th Governor of Texas (d. 1905), is born.
  • 1818 – William Forster, an Indian-Australian politician, who later became the 4th Premier of New South Wales (d. 1882), is born.
  • 1819 – Austin F. Pike, an American lawyer and politician (d. 1886), is born.
  • 1831 – Lucy Stanton, an American activist (d. 1910), is born.
  • 1832 – Vicente Riva Palacio, a Mexican liberal intellectual and novelist (d. 1896), is born.
  • 1840 – Kuroda Kiyotaka, a Japanese general and politician, who later served as the 2nd Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1900), is born.
  • 1841 – Itō Hirobumi, a Japanese lawyer and politician, who later became the 1st Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1909), is born.
  • 1847 – Maria Pia of Savoy (d. 1911) is born.
  • 1852 – Carl von In der Maur, a Governor of Liechtenstein (d. 1913), is born.
  • 1854 – Karl Kautsky, a Czech-German journalist, philosopher, and theologian (d. 1938), is born.
  • 1854 – Oscar Wilde, the Irish playwright, novelist, and poet (d. 1900), is born.
  • 1855 – Samad bey Mehmandarov, an Azerbaijani general and politician, who later became the 3rd Azerbaijani Minister of Defense (d. 1931), is born.
  • 1861 – J. B. Bury, an Irish historian and scholar (d. 1927), is born.
  • 1861 – Richard Sears, an American tennis player (d. 1943), is born.
  • 1863 – Austen Chamberlain, an English businessman and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1937), is born.
  • 1867 – Mario Ruspoli, 2nd Prince of Poggio Suasa (d. 1963) is born.
  • 1869 – Claude H. Van Tyne, an American historian and author (d. 1930), is born.
  • 1872 – Walter Buckmaster, an English polo player and businessman, co-founded Buckmaster & Moore (d. 1942), is born.
  • 1876 – Jimmy Sinclair, a South African cricketer and rugby player (d. 1913), is born.
  • 1881 – William Orthwein, an American swimmer and water polo player (d. 1955), is born.
  • 1884 – Rembrandt Bugatti, an Italian sculptor (d. 1916), is born.
  • 1886 – David Ben-Gurion, a Polish-Israeli soldier and politician, who later became the 1st Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1973), is born.
  • 1888 – Eugene O’Neill, an American playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1953), is born.
  • 1888 – Paul Popenoe, an American founder of relationship counseling (d. 1979), is born.
  • 1890 – Michael Collins, an Irish general and politician, who later served as the 2nd Irish Minister for Finance (d. 1922), is born.
  • 1890 – Maria Goretti, an Italian martyr and saint (d. 1902), is born.
  • 1890 – Paul Strand, an American photographer and director (d. 1975), is born.
  • 1897 – Louis de Cazenave, a French soldier (d. 2008), is born.
  • 1898 – William O. Douglas, an American lawyer and jurist (d. 1980), is born.
  • 1900 – Edward Ardizzone, a Vietnamese-English author and illustrator (d. 1979), is born.
  • 1900 – Primo Conti, an Italian painter and poet (d. 1988), is born.
  • 1900 – Goose Goslin, an American baseball player and manager (d. 1971), is born.

1901–present

  • 1903 – Cecile de Brunhoff, the French author, and pianist (d. 2003) is born.
  • 1903 – Big Joe Williams, the American Delta blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist (d. 1982) is born.
  • 1904 – Björn Berglund, a Swedish actor (d. 1968), is born.
  • 1905 – Ernst Kuzorra, a German footballer, and manager (d. 1990), is born.
  • 1906 – León Klimovsky, an Argentinian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1996), is born.
  • 1907 – Richard Titmuss, an English sociologist, and academic (d. 1973), is born.
  • 1908 – Olivia Coolidge, an English-American author, and educator (d. 2006), is born.
  • 1908 – Enver Hoxha, Albanian general, and politician, Prime Minister of Albania (d. 1985), is born.
  • 1911 – Otto von Bülow, a German commander (d. 2006), is born.
  • 1912 – Clifford Hansen, an American rancher, and politician, 26th Governor of Wyoming (d. 2009), is born.
  • 1918 – Louis Althusser, Algerian-French philosopher, and academic (d. 1990), is born.
  • 1918 – Abraham Nemeth, an American mathematician, and academic (d. 2013), is born.
  • 1918 – Tony Rolt, English race car driver, and engineer (d. 2008), is born.
  • 1919 – Kathleen Winsor, American journalist, and author (d. 2003), is born.
  • 1920 – Paddy Finucane, Irish fighter pilot, and flying ace (d. 1942), is born.
  • 1921 – Matt Batts, American baseball player, and coach (d. 2013), is born.
  • 1921 – Sita Ram Goel, Indian historian, publisher, and writer (d. 2003), is born.
  • 1921 – MacKenzie Miller, American horse trainer, and breeder (d. 2010), is born.
  • 1922 – Max Bygraves, English-Australian actor, and singer (d. 2012), is born.
  • 1922 – Leon Sullivan, American minister, and activist (d. 2001), is born.
  • 1923 – Linda Darnell, American actress (d. 1965), is born.
  • 1923 – Bert Kaempfert, German conductor, and composer (d. 1980), is born.
  • 1923 – Bill McLaren, Scottish rugby player, and sportscaster (d. 2010), is born.
  • 1924 – Gerard Parkes, Irish-Canadian actor (d. 2014), is born.
  • 1925 – Daniel J. Evans, American politician, 16th Governor of Washington, is born.
  • 1925 – Angela Lansbury, English-American actress, singer, and producer (d. 2022), is born.
  • 1926 – Charles Dolan, American businessman, founded Cablevision and HBO, is born.
  • 1927 – Günter Grass, German novelist, poet, playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015), is born.
  • 1928 – Mary Daly, American philosopher, and theologian (d. 2010), is born.
  • 1928 – Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (d. 2016), is born.
  • 1929 – Fernanda Montenegro, Brazilian actress, is born.
  • 1930 – John Polkinghorne, English physicist, theologian, and priest (d. 2021), is born.
  • 1930 – Carmen Sevilla, Spanish actress (d. 2023), is born.
  • 1931 – Charles Colson, American lawyer, and politician (d. 2012), is born.
  • 1931 – Valery Klimov, Ukrainian-Russian violinist, and educator (d. 2022), is born.
  • 1931 – Rosa Rosal, Filipino actress, is born.
  • 1931 – P. W. Underwood, American football player, and coach (d. 2013), is born.
  • 1932 – John Grant, English journalist, and politician (d. 2000), is born.
  • 1932 – Henry Lewis, American bassist, and conductor (d. 1996), is born.
  • 1932 – Lucien Paiement, Canadian physician, and politician (d. 2013), is born.
  • 1933 – Nobuyo Ōyama, Japanese voice actress, is born.
  • 1934 – Peter Ashdown, English race car driver, is born.
  • 1936 – Peter Bowles, English actor, and screenwriter (d. 2022), is born.
  • 1936 – Andrei Chikatilo, Ukrainian-Russian serial killer (d. 1994), is born.
  • 1936 – Mladen Koščak, Croatian footballer (d. 1997), is born.
  • 1936 – Akira Machida, Japanese lawyer, and judge, 15th Chief Justice of Japan (d. 2015), is born.
  • 1938 – Carl Gunter, Jr., American politician (d. 1999), is born.
  • 1938 – Nico, German singer-songwriter, model, and actress (d. 1988), is born.
  • 1940 – Barry Corbin, American actor, and producer, is born.
  • 1940 – Dave DeBuss chere, American basketball player, and coach (d. 2003), is born.
  • 1940 – Ivan Della Mea, Italian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and journalist (d. 2009), is born.
  • 1941 – Mel Counts, American basketball player, is born.
  • 1941 – Tim McCarver, American baseball player, and sportscaster (d. 2023), is born.
  • 1941 – Emma Nicholson, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, English computer programmer, and politician, is born.
  • 1943 – Fred Turner, Canadian singer-songwriter, and bass player, is born.
  • 1944 – Kaizer Motaung, South African footballer and manager, is born.
  • 1944 – Elizabeth Loftus, American psychologist, is born.
  • 1945 – Stefan Buczacki, English horticulturalist, botanist, and television host, is born.
  • 1945 – Roger Hawkins, American session drummer (d. 2021), is born.
  • 1945 – Paul Monette, American author, and poet (d. 1995), is born.
  • 1946 – Geoff Barnett, English footballer (d. 2021), is born.
  • 1946 – Suzanne Somers, American actress, and producer (d. 2023), is born.
  • 1947 – Nicholas Day, English actor, is born.
  • 1947 – Terry Griffiths, Welsh snooker player, and coach, is born.
  • 1947 – Bob Weir, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist, is born.
  • 1947 – David Zucker, American director, producer, and screenwriter, is born.
  • 1948 – Alison Chitty, English production designer, and costume designer, is born.
  • 1948 – Bruce Fleisher, American golfer (d. 2021), is born.
  • 1948 – Hema Malini, Indian actress, director, producer, and politician, is born.
  • 1948 – Leo Mazzone, American baseball player, and coach, is born.
  • 1950 – Angry Grandpa, American internet personality (d. 2017), is born.
  • 1950 – Károly Horváth, Romanian-Hungarian cellist, flute player, and composer (d. 2015), is born.
  • 1952 – Christopher Cox, American lawyer, and politician, is born.
  • 1952 – Cordell Mosson, American bass player (d. 2013), is born.
  • 1952 – Crazy Mohan, Indian actor, screenwriter, and playwright (d. 2019), is born.
  • 1952 – Glenys Thornton, Baroness Thornton, English politician, is born.
  • 1953 – Tony Carey, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer, is born.
  • 1953 – Paulo Roberto Falcão, Brazilian footballer and manager, is born.
  • 1954 – Lorenzo Carcaterra, American author and blogger, is born.
  • 1954 – Michael Forsyth, Baron Forsyth of Drumlean, Scottish politician, Secretary of State for Scotland, is born.
  • 1954 – Serafino Ghizzoni, Italian rugby player, is born.
  • 1954 – Corinna Harfouch, German actress, is born.
  • 1955 – Kieran Doherty, Irish Republican hunger striker and politician (d. 1981), is born.
  • 1955 – Ellen Dolan, American actress, is born.
  • 1956 – Marin Alsop, American violinist and conductor, is born.
  • 1956 – John Chavis, American football player and coach, is born.
  • 1956 – Meg Rosoff, American-English author, is born.
  • 1956 – Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah, Bangladeshi poet, author, and playwright (d. 1992), is born.
  • 1957 – Priidu Beier, Estonian poet and educator, is born.
  • 1958 – Roy McDonough, English footballer and manager, is born.
  • 1958 – Tim Robbins, American actor, director, and screenwriter, is born.
  • 1959 – Kevin Brennan, Welsh journalist and politician, is born.
  • 1959 – Brian Harper, American baseball player, is born.
  • 1959 – Gary Kemp, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor, is born.
  • 1959 – Philip Maini, Northern Irish mathematician at the University of Oxford, is born.
  • 1959 – Tessa Munt, English lawyer and politician, is born.
  • 1959 – Jamie Salmon, English-New Zealand rugby player and sportscaster, is born.
  • 1959 – Erkki-Sven Tüür, Estonian flute player and composer, is born.
  • 1959 – John Whittingdale, English politician, is born.
  • 1960 – Guy LeBlanc, Canadian keyboard player and songwriter (d. 2015), is born.
  • 1960 – Bob Mould, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, is born.
  • 1961 – Chris Doleman, American football player (d. 2020), is born.
  • 1961 – Marc Levy, French author, is born.
  • 1961 – Scott O’Hara, American pornographic performer, author, poet, editor, and publisher (d. 1998), is born.
  • 1961 – Randy Vasquez, American actor, director, and producer, is born.
  • 1962 – Manute Bol, Sudanese-American basketball player and activist (d. 2010), is born.
  • 1962 – Flea, Australian-American bass player, songwriter, and actor, is born.
  • 1962 – Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian opera singer (d. 2017), is born.
  • 1962 – Nico Lazaridis, German footballer, is born.
  • 1962 – Tamara McKinney, American skier, is born.
  • 1963 – Brendan Kibble, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist, is born.
  • 1963 – Timothy Leighton, English physicist, and academic, is born.
  • 1964 – Shawn Little, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2012), is born.
  • 1964 – James Thompson, American-Finnish author (d. 2014), is born.
  • 1965 – Kang Kyung-ok, South Korean illustrator, is born.
  • 1965 – German Titov, Russian ice hockey player, and coach, is born.
  • 1965 – Tom Tolbert, American basketball player and sportscaster, is born.
  • 1966 – Olof Lundh, Swedish journalist, is born.
  • 1966 – Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, American voice actress, singer, and director, is born.
  • 1967 – Michael Laffy, Australian footballer, is born.
  • 1967 – Davina McCall, English television host, and actress, is born.
  • 1968 – Randall Batinkoff, American actor and producer, is born.
  • 1968 – Mark Lee, Singaporean actor and singer, is born.
  • 1968 – Francesco Libetta, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor, is born.
  • 1968 – Todd Stashwick, American actor and writer, is born
  • 1968 – Elsa Zylberstein, French actress, is born.
  • 1969 – Roy Hargrove, American trumpet player and composer (d. 2018), is born.
  • 1969 – Takao Omori, Japanese wrestler, is born.
  • 1969 – Terri J. Vaughn, American actress and producer, is born.
  • 1969 – Wendy Wilson, American singer-songwriter, is born.
  • 1970 – Kazuyuki Fujita, Japanese wrestler and mixed martial artist, is born.
  • 1970 – Mehmet Scholl, German footballer and manager, is born.
  • 1971 – Frank Cuesta, Spanish television presenter, is born.
  • 1971 – Chad Gray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, is born.
  • 1971 – Paul Sparks, American actor, is born.
  • 1972 – Adrianne Frost, American comedian, actress, and author, is born.
  • 1972 – Darius Kasparaitis, Lithuanian-American ice hockey player and coach, is born.
  • 1972 – Kordell Stewart, American football player and radio host, is born.
  • 1973 – Justin Credible, American wrestler, is born.
  • 1973 – David Unsworth, English footballer and manager, is born.
  • 1974 – Aurela Gaçe, Albanian singer, is born.
  • 1974 – Paul Kariya, Canadian ice hockey player, is born.
  • 1975 – Ernesto Noel Aquino, Honduran footballer, is born.
  • 1975 – Brynjar Gunnarsson, Icelandic footballer, is born.
  • 1975 – Jacques Kallis, South African cricketer, is born.
  • 1975 – Kellie Martin, American actress, director, and producer, is born.
  • 1977 – John Mayer, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, is born.
  • 1980 – Sue Bird, Israeli-American basketball player, is born.
  • 1980 – Jeremy Jackson, American actor and singer, is born.
  • 1980 – Caterina Scorsone, Canadian-American actress, is born.
  • 1980 – Timana Tahu, Australian rugby league player, is born.
  • 1981 – Brea Grant, American actress and writer, is born.
  • 1981 – Martin Halle, Danish footballer, is born.
  • 1981 – Boyd Melson, American boxer, is born.
  • 1981 – Anthony Reyes, American baseball player, is born.
  • 1982 – Alan Anderson, American basketball player, is born.
  • 1982 – Frédéric Michalak, French rugby player, is born.
  • 1982 – Cristian Riveros, Paraguayan footballer, is born.
  • 1982 – Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indian actor, singer, and producer, is born.
  • 1983 – Philipp Kohlschreiber, German tennis player, is born.
  • 1983 – Loreen, Swedish singer, is born.
  • 1983 – Kenny Omega, Canadian wrestler, is born.
  • 1984 – François Pervis, French track cyclist, is born.
  • 1984 – Rachel Reilly, American talk show host and actress, is born.
  • 1985 – Jay Beagle, Canadian ice hockey player, is born.
  • 1985 – Alexis Hornbuckle, American basketball player, is born.
  • 1985 – Verena Sailer, German sprinter, is born.
  • 1985 – Casey Stoner, Australian motorcycle racer, is born.
  • 1985 – Peter Wallace, Australian rugby league player, is born.
  • 1986 – Nicky Adams, English-Welsh footballer, is born.
  • 1986 – Derk Boerrigter, Dutch footballer, is born.
  • 1988 – Zoltán Stieber, Hungarian footballer, is born.
  • 1989 – Dan Biggar, Welsh rugby player, is born.
  • 1991 – Jonathan Schoop, Curaçaoan baseball player, is born.
  • 1991 – Shardul Thakur, Indian cricketer, is born.
  • 1992 – Kostas Fortounis, Greek footballer, is born.
  • 1992 – Viktorija Golubic, Swiss tennis player, is born.
  • 1992 – Bryce Harper, American baseball player, is born.
  • 1992 – Stuart Lightbody, Irish badminton player, is born.
  • 1993 – Jovit Baldivino, Filipino singer and actor (d. 2022), is born.
  • 1993 – Caroline Garcia, French tennis player, is born.
  • 1994 – Adam Elliott, Australian rugby league player, is born.
  • 1997 – Charles Leclerc, Monégasque Formula One driver, is born.
  • 1997 – Naomi Osaka, Japanese tennis player, is born.
  • 1999 – Aaron Nesmith, American basketball player, is born.
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October 16 Death - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • 385 – Fú Jiān, Chinese emperor (b. 337), passes away.
  • 786 – Lullus, archbishop of Mainz (b. 710), dies.
  • 976 – Al-Hakam II, Umayyad caliph (b. 915), passes away.
  • 1027 – Fujiwara no Kenshi, Japanese empress (b. 994), dies.
  • 1130 – Pedro González de Lara, Castilian magnate, passes away.
  • 1284 – Shams al-Din Juvayni, Persian statesman, vizier, and minister of finance of the Ilkhanate, dies.
  • 1323 – Amadeus V, count of Savoy (b. 1249), passes away.
  • 1333 – Nicholas V, antipope of Rome (b. 1260), dies.
  • 1438 – Anne of Gloucester, English noblewoman (b. 1383), passes away.
  • 1355 – Louis the Child, king of Sicily (b. 1338), dies.
  • 1523 – Luca Signorelli, Italian painter (b. c. 1450), passes away.
  • 1553 – Lucas Cranach the Elder, German painter and engraver (b. 1472), dies.
  • 1555 – Hugh Latimer, English bishop, and saint (b. 1487), passes away.
  • 1555 – Nicholas Ridley, English bishop, and martyr (b. 1500), dies.
  • 1591 – Gregory XIV, pope of the Catholic Church (b. 1535), passes away.
  • 1594 – William Allen, English cardinal (b. 1532), dies.

1601–1900

  • 1621 – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Dutch organist, and composer (b. 1562), passes away.
  • 1628 – François de Malherbe, French poet, and critic (b. 1555), dies.
  • 1637 – Johann Rudolf Stadler, Swiss clock-maker (b. 1605), passes away.
  • 1649 – Isaac van Ostade, Dutch painter, and illustrator (b. 1621), dies.
  • 1655 – Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and theorist (b. 1591), passes away.
  • 1660 – John Cook, English politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales (b. 1608), dies.
  • 1679 – Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, Irish-English soldier, and politician (b. 1621), passes away.
  • 1680 – Raimondo Montecuccoli, Italian-Austrian field marshal (b. 1609), dies.
  • 1730 – Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, French-American explorer, and politician, 3rd French Governor of Louisiana (b. 1658), passes away.
  • 1730 – Nevşehirli Damat Ibrahim Pasha, Greek politician, 139th Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1666), dies.
  • 1750 – Sylvius Leopold Weiss, German lute player, and composer (b. 1687), passes away.
  • 1755 – Gerard Majella, Italian saint (b. 1725), dies.
  • 1774 – Robert Fergusson, Scottish poet (b. 1750), passes away.
  • 1791 – Grigory Potemkin, Russian general, and politician (b. 1739), dies.
  • 1793 – Marie Antoinette, Austrian-born queen consort of Louis XVI of France (b. 1755), passes away.
  • 1793 – John Hunter, Scottish-English surgeon, and philosopher (b. 1728), dies.
  • 1796 – Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia (b. 1726), passes away.
  • 1799 – Veerapandiya Kattabomman, Indian activist (b. 1760), dies.
  • 1810 – Nachman of Breslov, Ukrainian religious leader, founded the Breslov Hasidic group (b. 1772), passes away.
  • 1822 – Eva Marie Veigel, Austrian-English dancer (b. 1724), dies.
  • 1877 – Théodore Barrière, French playwright (b. 1823), passes away.
  • 1888 – John Wentworth, American journalist, and politician, 19th Mayor of Chicago (b. 1815), dies.

1901–present

  • 1904 – Haritina Korotkevich, Russian heroine (b. 1882), passed away.
  • 1908 – Joseph Leycester Lyne, English monk (b. 1837), died.
  • 1909 – Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, German poet and playwright (b. 1856), passed away.
  • 1913 – Ralph Rose, American shot putter, discus, and hammer thrower (b. 1885), left this world.
  • 1936 – Effie Adelaide Rowlands, British writer (b. 1859), passed away.
  • 1937 – Jean de Brunhoff, French poet and playwright (b. 1899), departed from this life.
  • 1946 – Nuremberg trial executions of the Main Trial:
    • Hans Frank, German lawyer, politician, and war criminal (b. 1900), met his end.
    • Wilhelm Frick, German lawyer, and politician, German Minister of the Interior (b. 1877), was executed.
    • Alfred Jodl, German general (b. 1890), met his demise.
    • Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian SS officer (b. 1903), faced his end.
    • Wilhelm Keitel, German field marshal (b. 1882), met his fate.
    • Alfred Rosenberg, Estonian architect and politician (b. 1893), faced execution.
    • Fritz Sauckel, German sailor, and politician (b. 1894), met his end.
    • Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian lawyer and politician, 16th Federal Chancellor of Austria (b. 1892), faced execution.
    • Julius Streicher, German journalist and politician (b. 1887), was executed.
    • Joachim von Ribbentrop, German lieutenant and politician, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany (b. 1893), faced execution.
  • 1947 – Anna B. Eckstein, German peace activist (b. 1868), passed away.
  • 1951 – Liaquat Ali Khan, Indian-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1895), passed away.
  • 1956 – Jules Rimet, French businessman (b. 1873), died.
  • 1957 – John Anthony Sydney Ritson, English rugby player, mines inspector, engineer, and educator (b. 1887), passed away.
  • 1958 – Robert Redfield, American anthropologist of Mexico (b. 1897), passed away.
  • 1959 – Minor Hall, American drummer (b. 1897), passed away.
  • 1959 – George Marshall, American general and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Defense, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1880), passed away.
  • 1962 – Gaston Bachelard, French poet and philosopher (b. 1884), died.
  • 1964 – Patsy Callighen, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1906), passed away.
  • 1966 – George O’Hara, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1899), died.
  • 1968 – Ellis Kinder, American baseball player (b. 1914), passed away.
  • 1971 – Robin Boyd, Australian architect and educator, designed the Domain Park Flats (b. 1919), died.
  • 1972 – Nick Begich, American lawyer and politician (b. 1932), passed away.
  • 1972 – Hale Boggs, American lawyer and politician (b. 1914), met his end.
  • 1972 – Leo G. Carroll, English-American actor (b. 1886), passed away.
  • 1973 – Gene Krupa, American drummer, composer, and actor (b. 1909), passed away.
  • 1975 – Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor and composer (b. 1885), died.
  • 1978 – Dan Dailey, American actor, singer, dancer, and director (b. 1913), passed away.
  • 1979 – Johan Borgen, Norwegian author and critic (b. 1903), passed away.
  • 1981 – Moshe Dayan, Israeli general and politician, 5th Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel (b. 1915), passed away.
  • 1981 – Eugene Eisenmann, Panamanian-American lawyer and ornithologist (b. 1906), passed away.
  • 1982 – Mario Del Monaco, Italian tenor (b. 1915), passed away.
  • 1983 – Jakov Gotovac, Croatian composer and conductor (b. 1895), died.
  • 1986 – Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist and pianist (b. 1921), passed away.
  • 1989 – Walter Farley, American author and educator (b. 1915), died.
  • 1989 – Scott O’Dell, American journalist and author (b. 1898), passed away.
  • 1989 – Cornel Wilde, American actor (b. 1912), died.
  • 1990 – Art Blakey, American drummer and bandleader (b. 1919), passed away.
  • 1990 – Jorge Bolet, Cuban-American pianist and educator (b. 1914), died.
  • 1992 – Shirley Booth, American actress and singer (b. 1898), passed away.
  • 1996 – Jason Bernard, American actor (b. 1938), died.
  • 1996 – Eric Malpass, English author (b. 1910), passed away.
  • 1997 – Audra Lindley, American actress (b. 1918), passed away.
  • 1997 – James A. Michener, American author and philanthropist (b. 1907), died.
  • 1998 – Jon Postel, American computer scientist and academic (b. 1943), passed away.
  • 1999 – Jean Shepherd, American radio host, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1921), passed away.
  • 2000 – Mel Carnahan, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 51st Governor of Missouri (b. 1934), passed away.
  • 2000 – Rick Jason, American actor (b. 1923), died.
  • 2001 – Etta Jones, American singer-songwriter (b. 1928), passed away.
  • 2003 – Avni Arbaş, Turkish painter (b. 1919), died.
  • 2003 – Stu Hart, Canadian wrestler and trainer (b. 1915), passed away.
  • 2003 – László Papp, Hungarian boxer (b. 1926), died.
  • 2004 – Pierre Salinger, American journalist and politician, 11th White House Press Secretary (b. 1925), passed away.
  • 2006 – John Victor Murra, Ukrainian-American anthropologist and academic (b. 1916), died.
  • 2006 – Valentín Paniagua, Peruvian lawyer and politician, 91st President of Peru (b. 1936), passed away.
  • 2007 – Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (b. 1921), died.
  • 2007 – Toše Proeski, Macedonian singer-songwriter (b. 1981), passed away.
  • 2008 – Dagmar Normet, Estonian author and translator (b. 1921), died.
  • 2010 – Eyedea, American rapper and producer (b. 1981), passed away.
  • 2010 – Barbara Billingsley, American actress (b. 1915), died
  • 2011 – Dan Wheldon, English race car driver (b. 1978), passed away.
  • 2012 – Frank Moore Cross, American scholar and academic (b. 1921), died.
  • 2012 – John A. Durkin, American lawyer and politician (b. 1936), passed away.
  • 2012 – Mario Gallegos, Jr., American firefighter and politician (b. 1950), died.
  • 2012 – Bódog Török, Hungarian handball player and coach (b. 1923), passed away.
  • 2012 – Eddie Yost, American baseball player and coach (b. 1926), died.
  • 2013 – Govind Purushottam Deshpande, Indian playwright and academic (b. 1938), passed away.
  • 2013 – George Hourmouziadis, Greek archaeologist and academic (b. 1932), died.
  • 2013 – Ed Lauter, American actor (b. 1938), passed away.
  • 2013 – Laurel Martyn, Australian ballerina and choreographer (b. 1916), died.
  • 2013 – Robert B. Rheault, American colonel (b. 1925), passed away.
  • 2013 – Saggy Tahir, Pakistani-American lawyer and politician (b. 1944), died.
  • 2014 – Ioannis Charalambopoulos, Greek colonel and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1919), passed away.
  • 2014 – Allen Forte, American musicologist and theorist (b. 1926), died.
  • 2014 – Seppo Kuusela, Finnish basketball player and coach (b. 1934), passed away.
  • 2014 – John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough, English businessman (b. 1926), died.
  • 2015 – Richard J. Cardamone, American lawyer and judge (b. 1925), passed away.
  • 2015 – James W. Fowler, American psychologist and academic (b. 1940), died.
  • 2015 – William James, Australian general and physician (b. 1930), passed away.
  • 2015 – Vera Williams, American author and illustrator (b. 1927), died.
  • 2015 – Memduh Ün, Turkish film producer, director, actor and screenwriter (b. 1920), passed away.
  • 2016 – Calvin Carl “Kelly” Gotlieb, Canadian professor and computer scientist (b. 1921), passed away.
  • 2017 – Daphne Caruana Galizia, Maltese journalist and blogger (b. 1964), was tragically killed.
  • 2017 – Roy Dotrice, British actor (b. 1923), passed away.
  • 2017 – John Dunsworth, Canadian actor (b. 1946), died.
  • 2017 – Sean Hughes, British-born Irish stand-up comedian (b. 1965), passed away.

October 16 Holidays- World Wide

  • In Bulgaria, it’s observed as Air Force Day.
  • In the United States, it’s celebrated as Boss’s Day.
  • Christian feast day observances on this date include:
  • Balderic (Baudry) of Monfaucon
  • Bercharius
  • Bertrand of Comminges
  • Colmán of Kilroot (Colman mac Cathbaid)
  • Eliphius
  • Fortunatus of Casei
  • Gall
  • Gerard Majella
  • Hedwig of Silesia
  • Hugh Latimer (Anglicanism)
  • Junian (of Saint-Junien)
  • Marguerite Marie Alacoque
  • Marie-Marguerite d’Youville
  • Nicholas Ridley (Anglicanism)
  • Silvanus of Ahun
  • Blessed Thevarparampil Kunjachan (Syro-Malabar Catholic Church / Catholic Church)
  • Pope Victor III
  • October 16 is significant in the Eastern Orthodox liturgics.
  • In Poland, it’s Pope John Paul II Day.
  • It marks the death anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan in Pakistan.
  • Chile observes it as Teachers’ Day.
  • Internationally, it’s recognized as World Food Day.
  • South Korea commemorates Bu-Ma Democratic Protests on this day.

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