What Happened on October 16

Significant Events

  • 1813 Battle of Leipzig, largest battle in Europe prior to WWI, Napoleon's forces defeated by Prussia, Austria & Russia
  • 1900 Great Britain and Germany sign the Anglo-German Treaty, agreeing to maintain territorial integrity of China and support 'open door' policy called for by US Secretary of State
  • 1923 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded
  • 1934 Mao Zedong & 25,000 troops begin 6,000 mile Long March
  • 1978 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II
  • 1998 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a Spanish warrant requesting his extradition on murder charges
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Did You Know?

Jadwiga is crowned King of Poland, despite being a woman

On October 16, 1384

Famous Weddings

  • 1923 General Francisco Franco (30) marries María del Carmen Polo y Martínez-Valdés (23) at Church of San Juan el Real in Oviedo
  • 1965 Singer Leslie Uggams marries Grahame Pratt in NYC
  • 1979 MLB outfielder Tim Raines (20) weds his high school sweetheart Virginia Hilton
  • 1986 Marie Osmond marries Brian Blosil
  • 1992 Author J. K. Rowling (27) weds Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes

Famous Divorces

  • 1924 American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell divorces 1st husband Berrien (Red) Upshaw
  • 1984 Joyce King divorces NBA guard George Gervin (32) after nearly 8 years of marriage
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