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October 16 Birthdays

Noah Webster
1758–1843, American lexicographer and philologist, born in West Hartford, Conn., graduated Yale, 1778.

Oscar Wilde
author (1854)

David Ben-Gurion
statesman (1886)

Eugene O'Neill
playwright (1888)

Michael Collins
revolutionary leader (1890)

Paul Strand
photographer (1890)

William O. Douglas
jurist (1898)

Angela Lansbury
actor (1925)

Suzanne Somers
actor (1946)

Tim Robbins
actor (1958)

John Mayer
songer, songwriter (1977)

October 16 in History


French queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.


Abolitionist John Brown and his men captured the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry.


Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic in New York City.


The Cuban Missile Crisis began.


China detonated its first atomic bomb.


John Paul II was elected pope.


Hundreds of thousands of black men gathered in Washington for the "Million Man March" led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.


Twelve Senate offices were closed when a letter to Sen. Tom Daschle was found to contain anthrax.


The White House announced that North Korea had disclosed the existence of a secret nuclear weapons program.

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