October 16 Events in History - October 16 Birthdays - October 16 Deaths
2014 Hong Kong protesters continue to clash with police a day after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying offers to engage in discussion; Leung said that he will not concede to demands for greater independence from central control, a key reason for the protest
2014 U.S. President Barack Obama provides authorization for military reserves to be sent to West Africa if needed to help respond to the Ebola epidemic; the president also does not see the need to ban travelers from West Africa from entering the U.S.
2013 Canada awards Pakistani educational activist Malala Yousafzai honorary citizenship
2013 A portion of the Chelyabinsk meteor weighing 1,255lb is recovered by divers in Russia
2012 The United Kingdom reports its plan to close the U.K. Consulat in Basra, Iraq
2012 An issue with airbag deployment causes U.S. automaker Ford to recall 154,000 Fiestas
2011 The English town Wooten Bassett is re-named with the prefix 'Royal', honoring its role in repatriating British military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan
2011 Australian Casey Stoner wins the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the 2011 MotoGP World Championship
2010 Shanghai's Expo 2010 attracts over 64 million people, a record-breaking number of visitors in the history of World's Fairs
1997 "Side Show," opens at Richard Rodgers Theater New York City for 91 performances
1995 Allan Donald takes 8-71 as South Africa defeat Zimbabwe
1995 Brian Lara scores 169 in Sharjah ODI versus Sri Lanka
1995 Million Man March held in Washington D.C. (over 800,000 black men attend)
1995 ODI in Sharjah WI 7-333 in 50 overs beat Sri Lanka 329 all out
1994 Raul Julia, actor (Addams Family), suffers a stroke
1993 General Omar al-Bashir appointed Sudan president
1993 IRA bomb attack on fish and chips restaurant in Belfast, 10 killed
1992 1,700th David Letterman Show
1992 1964 "Gilligan's Island" TV pilot 1st shown on TV (TBS)
1991 George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 and himself and wounds 20 in Texas
1991 U.S. Supreme Court begins to hear Joseph Doherty case
1991 Dallas Mavericks Roy Tarpley becomes 7th to be banned from NBA for life under the league's anti-drug agreement
1990 "Stand Up Tragedy" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 13 performances
1990 Reds Eric Davis is 22nd player to homer in his 1st World Series at bat
1990 Reds beat A's 7-0, ending Oakland's 10-game post-season winning streak
1990 U.S. forces reach 200,000 in Persian Gulf
1989 Bikenibau Paeniu installed as premier of Tuvalu
1989 Jan Syse becomes premier of Norway
1988 Orel Hirsheiser, 1st to pitch shutout in playoff and World Series
1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
1987 338,500,000 shares traded on New York stock exchange (record)
1987 Dow Jones for 1st time falls more than 100 pts (108.35)
1987 Jessica McClure rescued 58 hours after falling 22' into a well shaft
1987 Mike Tyson TKOs Tyrell Biggs in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
1987 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1986 "Raggedy Ann" opens at Nederlander Theater New York City for 5 performances
1986 Armand Hammer returns to U.S. with Jewish refusenik David Goldfarb
1986 Marie Osmond marries Brian Blosil
1986 U.S. government closes down due to budget problems
1986 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 Challenger vehicle moves to launch pad for STS-61A mission
1985 Intel introduces 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip
1985 Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals win their league championships
1985 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Herbert Hauptman and Jerome Karle
1984 Baboon heart transplanted into a 15-day-old baby girl
1984 Desmond Tutu, black Anglican Bishop, wins Nobel Peace Prize
1983 "Zorba" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 362 performances
1983 25th Ryder Cup: U.S., 14 -13 at PGA National Golf Club Florida
1983 Baltimore Orioles beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 3 in 80th World Series
1982 Devils 1st road victory 6-5 over Penguins
1982 Mount Palomar Observatory 1st to detect Halley's comet on 13th return
1982 Shultz warns U.S. will withdraw from United Nations if they vote to exclude Israel
1982 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1981 2nd Dutch government of Van Agt resigns
1981 Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy," premieres in New York City
1980 "Brigadoon" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 133 performances
1980 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1978 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Herbert A Simon
1978 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected supreme pontiff-John Paul II
1978 Test debut of Kapil Dev, India vs. Pakistan at Faisalabad
1976 Soyuz 23 returns to Earth
1976 Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 minutes 54 seconds
1974 A's Ken Holtzman, who hasn't batted all season, belts 3rd inning home run in Game 4 and gets the win, 5-2
1973 Israeli tanks under General Sharon move through Suez Canal
1973 Kissinger and Le Duc Tho jointly awarded Nobel peace prize
1973 Maynard Jackson elected 1st black mayor of Atlanta
1973 Monks Heng Yo and Heng Ju, start 1000 mile San Francisco to Seattle pilgrimage
1972 "Pacific Paradise" opens at Palace Theater New York City for 5 performances
1972 Creedence Clearwater Revival breaks up
1971 Amphitheater in McLaren Park is dedicated in San Francisco
1970 Anwar Sadat elected president of Egypt, succeeding Gamal Abdel Nasser
1969 100-1 shot New York Mets beat Orioles 5-3 and win 66th World Series in 5
1969 Soyuz 6 returns to Earth
1969 Met Cleon Jones awarded 1st base when shoe polish on ball proves he is hit by a pitch, he scores on a home run in World Series
1968 China reports removal of president Li Sjao-tji
1968 Czechoslovakia and Russian "accord" rules allies Soviet forces
1968 During Olympics Tommie Smith and John Carlos give black power salute
1968 Milwaukee Bucks play their 1st game losing 89-84 to Chicago Bulls
1968 Jim Dorey sets Toronto Maple Leaf penalty records (48 minutes on 9 penalties in a game and 44 minutes on 7 penalties in a period)
1967 WETK TV channel 33 in Burlington, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967 WGNO TV channel 26 in New Orleans, Louisiana (ABC) begins broadcasting
1966 Joean Baez and 123 other ani-draft protestors arrested in Oakland
1965 "Drat! - The Cat!" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 8 performances
1965 Singer Leslie Uggams marries Grahame Pratt in New York City
1964 Brezhnev and Kosygin replace Khrushchev as head of Russia
1964 China becomes world's 5th nuclear power
1964 Harold Wilson's Labour party wins British election
1964 Indians' directors vote to keep franchise in Cleveland, rejecting bids by Seattle, Oakland and Dallas
1963 2 secret U.S. military satellites launched from Cape Canaveral
1963 New York newspaper "Mirror" last edition
1962 Byron R. White becomes a Supreme Court Justice
1962 Cuban missile crisis began as John F. Kennedy becomes aware of missiles in Cuba
1962 KTXT TV channel 5 in Lubbock, Texas (PBS) begins broadcasting
1962 Yankees (20th championship) beat San Francisco Giants 4 games to 3 in World Series
1962 New York Yankees appear in 12 and win 9 of last 14 World Series
1960 NL votes to admit Houston and New York to league
1958 Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne," premieres
1958 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1957 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visits Williamsburg Virginia
1957 USAF sends 2 aluminium bullets into space
1956 "Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley premieres
1956 William J. Brennan, Jr. becomes a Supreme Court Justice
1952 Pakistan's 1st Test starts, vs. India at Delhi
1952 Woolworth's at Powell and Market (SF) opens
1949 WDAF TV channel 4 in Kansas City, Missouri (NBC) begins broadcasting
1948 "Red Mill" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 831 performances
1948 Demonstration by Moscow Jews honoring Israeli ambassador Golda Meir
1946 10 Nazi leaders hanged as war criminals after Nuremberg trials
1945 UN's Food and Agriculture Organization comes into existence
1944 Hungary: Horthy government falls/nazi count Szalasi becomes premier
1943 Anti Jewish riot in Rome
1943 Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly opens city's new subway system
1943 Jewish quarter of Rome surrounded by Nazis, they are sent to Auschwitz
1943 U.S. 1st Army establishes headquarter in Bristol
1942 Aaron Copland/de Milles ballet "Rodeo," premieres in New York City
1942 Cyclone in Bay of Bengal kills some 40,000 south of Calcutta India
1942 National Boxing Association freezes titles of those serving in armed services
1941 "Gordo" comic strip (by Gus Arriola) 1st appears in newspapers
1941 Germany advances within 60 miles of Moscow
1941 Romanian Legionnaires enter Odessa Russia
1940 Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr named 1st black general in regular army
1940 Lottery for 1st U.S. WW II draftees held; #158 drawn 1st
1940 Warsaw Ghetto forms
1939 Sugar rationing begins in Netherlands
1936 Lou Gehrig, is voted AL MVP by BBWAA
1934 Mao Tse-tung and 25,000 troops begin 6,000 mile Long March
1931 Trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd chops 1st
1928 Mickey Cochrane wins AL MVP honors, edging Heinie Manush by 2 points
1926 Mohammed Nadir Khan begins coup in Afghanistan, 1200 killed
1926 Troop ship sinks in Yangtze River, killing 1,200
1925 Peace accord of Locarno signed (Rhine Pact)
1925 Texas School Board prohibits teaching of evolution
1923 Disney company founded
1923 John Harwood patents self-winding watch (Switzerland)
1921 Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, and Bill Piercy defy Landis ban on World Series
1921 Jim Conzelman takes over as coach of Rock Island Independents from Frank Coughlin-only mid-game coaching change in NFL history
1916 Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson given $5,000 bonus
1916 Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic (46 Amboy St, Bkln)
1916 T. E. Lawrence meets with Fasal Hoessein
1915 Great Britain declares war on Bulgaria
1913 Booth Theater opens at 222 W 44th St. New York City
1912 Arnold Schonberg's "Pierrot Lunaire," premieres
1912 Boston beats New York Giants, 4 games to 3 with a tie in 9th World Series
1909 Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1909 Pirates beat Tigers 4 games to 3 in 6th World Series
1908 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
1907 Belasco Theater opens at 111 W 44th St. New York City
1907 David Belasco's "Grand Army Man," premieres in New York City
1904 Russian Baltic fleet departs to Port Arthur
1903 Homel, 1st Jewish self defense organization founded in Russia
1900 Queen Wilhelmina leaves duke Heinrich "Henry" von Mecklenburg-Schwerin
1876 Race riot at Cainhoy South Carolina (5 whites and 1 black killed)
1875 1st Quebec vs Ontario football game, Ontario wins
1869 Hotel in Boston becomes 1st to have indoor plumbing
1867 Alaska adopts Gregorian calendar, crosses International date line
1863 Grant is given command of Union forces in West
1861 Confederacy starts selling postage stamps
1859 John Brown leads 20 in raid on federal arsenal, Harper's Ferry, Va
1852 Dutch Government recognize Catholics right to organize
1849 Avery College establishes in Allegheny, Pennsylvania
1849 British seize Tigre Island in Gulf of Fonseca from Honduras
1848 1st U.S. homeopathic medical college opens in Pennsylvania
1847 Charlotte Bronte's book "Jane Eyre" published
1846 Dentist William T Morton demonstrates effectiveness of ether
1841 Queens University in Kingston is chartered
1834 London parliament catches fire; historic documents burn
1829 Tremont Hotel, 1st U.S. modern hotel opens (Boston)
1813 Battle at Leipzig (Napoleon vs Prussia, Austria and Russia)
1795 M von Bohms "Oorlogscantate" premieres
1781 Washington takes Yorktown
1775 Portland, Maine burned by British
1757 Austrian troops occupy Berlin
1710 British troops occupies Port Royal, Nova Scotia
1674 Emperor Leopold I fires chancellor Furst Wenzel Lobkowitz
1600 Olivier van Noorts ships reach Philippines
1551 English Edward Seymour duke of Somerset re-arrested
1502 Storm ravages Friese coast
1492 Columbus' fleet anchors at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas)
1311 Council of Vienne (15th ecumenical council) opens