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October 16 Historical Events

The following events took place on October 16. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 57 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 456
    Magister militum Ricimer defeats Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the Western Roman Empire.
  • 690
    Empress Wu Zetian ascends to the throne of the Tang dynasty and proclaims herself ruler of the Chinese Empire.
  • 1384
    Jadwiga is crowned King of Poland, although she is a woman.
  • 1590
    Carlo Gesualdo, composer, Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, murders his wife, Donna Maria d'Avalos, and her lover Fabrizio Carafa, the Duke of Andria at the Palazzo San Severo in Naples.
  • 1780
    Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont are the last major raids of the American Revolutionary War.
  • 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.
  • 1793
    The Battle of Wattignies ends in a French victory.
  • 1813
    The Sixth Coalition attacks Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Leipzig.
  • 1834
    Much of the ancient structure of the Palace of Westminster in London burns to the ground.
  • 1841
    Queen’s University is founded in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1843
    Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers.
  • 1846
    William T. G. Morton first demonstrated ether anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome.
  • 1859
    John Brown leads a raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
  • 1869
    The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is “discovered”.
  • 1869
    Girton College, Cambridge is founded, becoming England’s first residential college for women.
  • 1875
    Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah.
  • 1882
    The Nickel Plate Railroad opens for business.
  • 1905
    The Partition of Bengal in India takes place.
  • 1906
    The Captain of Köpenick fools the city hall of Köpenick and several soldiers by impersonating a Prussian officer.
  • 1909
    William Howard Taft and Porfirio Díaz hold a summit, a first between a U.S. and a Mexican president, and they only narrowly escape assassination.
  • 1916
    In Brooklyn, New York, Margaret Sanger opens the first family planning clinic in the United States.
  • 1923
    The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.
  • 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.
  • 1939
    World War II: First attack on British territory by the German Luftwaffe.
  • 1940
    Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto is established.
  • 1943
    Holocaust: Raid of the Ghetto of Rome
  • 1944
    Wally Walrus, Woody Woodpecker’s first steady foil, debuts in the The Beach Nut, a Walter Lantz’s cartoon.
  • 1945
    The Food and Agriculture Organization is founded in Quebec City, Canada.
  • 1946
    Nuremberg trials: Execution of the convicted Nazi leaders of the Main Trial.

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