On This Day..... October 16

 

OCTOBER 16TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL LIQUEUR DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL DEPARTMENT STORE DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900)
  • EUGENE O’NEILL (1888-1953)
 
  • ANGELA LANSBURY (1925, 93)
  • TIM MCCARVER (1941, 77)
 
  • SUZANNE SOMERS (1946, 72)
  • BOB WEIR (1947, 71)
 
  • TIM ROBBINS (1958, 60)
  • FLEA (1962, 56)
 
  • JOHN MAYER (1977, 41)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN  1775, THE BRITISH BURN DOWN PORTLAND, MAINE
  • IN 1793, MARIE ANTOINETTE IS BEHEADED AT 37
  • IN 1813, NAPOLEON’S ARMY IS DEFEATED BY PRUSSIA, AUSTRIA AND RUSSIA IN THE BATTLE OF LEIPZIG
  • IN 1829, THE FIRST MODERN HOTEL IN THE U.S., THE TREMONT, OPENS IN BOSTON
 
  • IN 1847, CHARLOTTE BRONTE PUBLISHES “JANE EYRE”
  • IN 1859, JOHN BROWN LEADS A GROUP OF 21 ABOLITIONISTS IN A RAID OF HARPER’S FERRY VIRGINIA AND THE FEDERAL ARSENAL BEING STORED THERE
  • IN 1869, ON ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY, THE TREMONT HOTEL IN BOSTON BECOMES THE FIRST TO INCLUDE INDOOR PLUMBING
 
  • IN 1875, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY IS FOUNDED IN UTAH
  • IN 1916, MARGARET SANGER OPENS THE FIRST BIRTH CONTROL CLINIC IN BROOKLYN
  • IN 1923, WALT AND ROY DISNEY FOUND THE DISNEY BROTHERS CARTOON STUDIO
  • IN 1924, MARGARET MITCHELL DIVORCES RED UPSHAW
  • IN 1925, TEXAS PROHIBITS THE TEACHING OF EVOLUTION IN ITS SCHOOLS
 
  • IN 1940, HANS FRANK PARTITIONS OFF THE WARSAW GHETTO
  • IN 1942, 40,000 PEOPLE ARE KILLED BY A CYCLONE IN CALCUTTA, INDIA
  • IN 1942, THE NATIONAL BOXING ASSOCIATION FREEZES ALL TITLES HELD BY THOSE WHO WERE SERVING IN WORLD WAR II
  • IN 1943, THE NAZIS ATTACK THE JEWISH QUARTER IN ROME AND SEND ALL RESIDENTS TO AUSCHWITZ
  • IN 1946, THE END OF THE NUREMBURG TRIAL LEADS TO THE HANGING OF ALFRED JODI, ALFRED ROSENBERG, ARTHUR SEYSS, ERNST KALTENBRUNNER, FRITZ SAUKEL, HANS FRANK, JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP, WILHELM FRICK AND WILHELM KEITEL
 
  • IN 1950, C.S. LEWIS PUBLISHES “THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE”
  • IN 1951, LITTLE RICHARD SIGNS HIS FIRST CONTRACT WITH RCA
  • IN 1952, WOOLWORTH’S OPENS ITS FIRST LOCATION IN SAN FRANCISCO
  • IN 1961, PATSY CLINE RELEASES “CRAZY”
 
  • IN 1962, PRESIDENT KENNEDY IS SHOWN PHOTOS OF SOVIET MISSILES IN CUBA SPARKING THE BEGINNING OF THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS
  • IN 1967, 123 PROTESTERS INCLUDING FOLK SINGER JOAN BAEZ ARE ARRESTED IN OAKLAND DURING AN ANTI-DRAFT PROTEST
  • IN 1968, DURING THE MEDAL CEREMONY FOR THE 200 METER RUN AT THE MEXICO CITY OLYMPICS, GOLD WINNER TOMMIE SMITH AND BRONZE WINNER JOHN CARLOS GIVE THE BLACK POWER SALUTE ON THE PODIUM
 
  • IN 1970, QUEBEC SEPARATISTS KIDNAP AND KILL TWO DIPLOMATS, FORCING CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER PIERRE TRUDEAU TO INVOKE THE WAR MEASURES ACT IN RESPONSE TO WHAT WAS DUBBED “THE OCTOBER CRISIS”
  • IN 1972, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL BREAKS UP
  • IN 1976, RICK DEES GOES TO #1 WITH “DISCO DUCK”
 
  • IN 1976, STEVIE WONDER HAS THE #1 ALBUM WITH “SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE”
  • IN 1978, POLISH CARDINAL KAROL WOJTYLA IS RENAMED POPE JOHN PAUL II
  • IN 1981, HARVEY FIERSTEIN DEBUTS “TORCH SONG TRILOGY” IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1984, ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU WINS THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
 
  • IN 1985, THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS AND ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BOTH WIN THEIR LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS SETTING UP AN ALL MISSOURI WORLD SERIES
  • IN 1986, PRESIDENT REAGAN’S BATTLE WITH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LEADS TO A TEMPORARY GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
  • IN 1987, JESSICA MCCLURE (BABY JESSICA) FALLS 22 FEET DOWN INTO A WELL AND IS RESCUED 58 HOURS LATER
 
  • IN 1991, GEORGE HENNARD DRIVES HIS PICKUP TRUCK THROUGH THE WINDOW OF LUBY’S CAFETERIA IN KILLEEN TEXAS AND BEGINS SHOOTING PEOPLE. HE KILLS 23 AND INJURES 27 MORE BEFORE KILLING HIMSELF
  • IN 1992, THE PILOT FOR “GILLIGAN’S ISLAND” WHICH WAS FILMED IN 1964 WAS FINALLY SHOWN ON TV FOR THE FIRST TIME ON TBS. IT WAS NEVER AIRED DUE TO THREE CHARACTERS BEING REPLACED BETWEEN FILMING THE PILOT AND SECOND EPISODE
 
  • IN 1992, A TOPLESS WOMAN IS FOUND IN ONE OF THE PAGES OF A “WHERE’S WALDO” PUZZLE BOOK
  • IN 1992, THE “FLAVR SAVR” TOMATO IS APPROVED BY THE USDA AS THE FIRST GENETICALLY MODIFIED PLANT AVAILABLE FOR SALE
  • IN 1992, JOHN HAGGIN MARRIES ROXANNE PULITZER, CAUSING HIS FAMILY TO CUT OFF HIS $200 MILLION INHERITANCE. THEY DIVORCE ON DECEMBER 2ND, BUT HE DOESN’T GET HIS MONEY BACK
 
  • IN 1992, J.K. ROWLING MARRIES PORTUGESE JOURNALIST JORGE ARANTES
  • IN 1995, 830,000 BLACK MEN ATTEND THE “MILLION MAN MARCH”
  • IN 1998, FORMER CHILEAN DICTATOR AUGUSTO PINOCHET IS ARRESTED IN LONDON AND EXTRADITED BACK TO CHILE FOR MURDER CHARGES
 
  • IN 2001, THE BAN ON LNG TANKERS IN BOSTON HARBOR WHICH HAD BEEN IN PLACE SINCE THE 9/11 ATTACKS IS LIFTED
  • IN 2001, THE WARNER BROTHERS NETWORK DEBUTS “SMALLVILLE”
  • IN 2003, THE YANKEES DEFEAT THE RED SOX IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
 
  • IN 2010, BARBARA BILLINGSLEY DIES AT 94
  • IN 2013, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ENDS A 16 DAY SHUTDOWN AND AVOIDS DEFAULTING ON ITS DEBT
  • IN 2013, KRISTEN BELL MARRIES DAX SHEPARD
 

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