About October 16

October 16, 2024 is the 290th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 76 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Libra is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 105 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 16

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1846
    William TG Morton first demonstrated ether anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome.
  • 1939
    World War II: First attack on British territory by the German Luftwaffe.
  • 1940
    Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto is established.
  • 1944
    Wally Walrus, Woody Woodpecker’s first steady foil, was debuted at the The Beach Nut, a Walter Lantz’s cartoon.
  • 1946
    Nuremberg Trials: Execution of the convicted Nazi leaders of the Main Trial.
  • 1949
    The diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and the German Democratic Republic are established.
  • 1964
    The People’s Republic of China detonates its first nuclear weapon.
  • 1973
    Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1975
    The Balibo Five, a group of Australian television journalists based in the town of Balibo in the then Portuguese Timor (now East Timor), are killed by Indonesian troops.
  • 1978
    Pope John Paul II is elected after the October 1978 Papal conclave.
  • 1993
    Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching the British National Party headquarters.
  • 1995
    The Skye Bridge is opened.
  • 1996
    Eighty-four people are killed and more than 180 injured as 47,000 football fans attempt to squeeze into the 36,000-seat Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.
  • 2002
    Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated.

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