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 and 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
  • 1934 Mao Zedong & 25,000 troops begin 6,000 mile Long March
  • 1962 Cuban missile crisis begins as JFK is shown photos confirming the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba
  • 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
More Historical Events

October 16 in Film & TV

  • 1923 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded

October 16 in Music

  • 1912 Arnold Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire," premieres at the Berlin Choralion-Saal sung by Albertine Zehme

October 16 in Sport

  • 1968 Americans Tommie Smith (gold 19.83 WR) and John Carlos (bronze) famously give the Black Power salute on the 200m medal podium during the Mexico City Olympics

Did You Know?

Findings published of neutron star collision that occurred two months prior on August 17, the first cosmic event seen in gravitational waves and light. Confirms heavy elements such as gold the result of such collisions

On October 16, 2017


Would You Believe?

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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