On This Day

Historical Events on October 16 (Part 2)

Sports History

2004 17-year old Lionel Messi makes his league debut for FC Barcelona in a 1-0 win against cross-town rivals Espanyol at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona

Sports History

2005 Renault driver Fernando Alonso wins season-ending Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit; first Spanish Formula 1 World Drivers champion; wins by 21 points from Kimi Räikkönen

  • 2005 MLB American League Championship: Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 1
  • 2011 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 2
  • 2012 Conflict in Maiduguri, Nigeria, leads to 24 militant deaths and several structures set ablaze
  • 2013 21 people are killed after a minibus hits a land mine in Nawa, Syria
  • 2013 The United States ends its 16-day government shut down and avoids default in a Bi-partisan deal in the Senate
  • 2013 49 people are killed after Lao Airlines Flight 301 crashes in the Mekong River, Laos
  • 2013 18 people are killed after Typhoon Wipha strikes Japan
  • 2014 New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council
  • 2014 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • 2016 Ed Whitlock at 85 becomes oldest person to complete a marathon under 4 hours, at Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3 hours 56 minutes
  • 2017 Iraqi army seizes control of oil-rich Kirkuk, from Kurdish peshmerga
  • 2017 Storm formed from Hurricane Ophelia lashes Ireland, killing 3 people
  • 2017 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
  • 2017 Panama Papers Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia killed in a suspicious car bomb in Malta
  • 2018 Man Booker Prize is won by Anna Burns' "Milkman", the first winner from Northern Ireland

Film & TV History

2018 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex begin their first royal tour visiting Australia and New Zealand

  • 2018 Chairman of China's Xinjiang’s government defends its detention camps for Uighur Muslims saying they provided “vocational education and training”
  • 2019 First plant-powered selfie taken by Pete the Fern as part of research into use of microbial fuel cells at London Zoo (London, England)

Film & TV History

2019 Netflix reveals its most popular original movie was Sandra Bullock's "Bird Box" and TV series "Stranger Things" for the year

  • 2019 Egyptian archaeologists announce discovery of more than 20 painted wooden coffins from Theban necropolis of Asasif
  • 2020 French teacher Samuel Paty beheaded by 18 year-old Islamist militant in Paris suburb of Éragny
  • 2021 NASA probe Lucy launched on mission to fly-by eight Trojan asteroids circling the sun [1]