About October 16

October 16, 2020 is the 290th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 76 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 119 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 16

  • 456
    Magister militum Ricimer defeats Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the Western Roman Empire.
  • 1781
    George Washington captures Yorktown, Virginia after the Siege of Yorktown.
  • 1834
    Much of the ancient structure of the Palace of Westminster in London burns to the ground.
  • 1859
    John Brown leads a raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
  • 1869
    The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is “discovered”.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    Cuban Missile Crisis between the United States, and Cuba and the USSR, begins.
  • 1964
    The People’s Republic of China detonates its first nuclear weapon.
  • 1968
    United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos are kicked off the US team for participating in the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.
  • 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.
  • 1978
    Wanda Rutkiewicz is the first Pole and the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • 1984
    Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1984
    The Bill debuted on ITV, eventually becoming the longest-running police procedural in British television history.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges.
  • 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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