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On This Day: October 16th

This is 289th day of the year and 76 days remain in the year.

in history
1793
French queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.
1859
Abolitionist John Brown and his men captured the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry.
1916
Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic in New York City.
1962
1964
China detonated its first atomic bomb.
1978
John Paul II was elected pope.
1995
Hundreds of thousands of black men gathered in Washington for the "Million Man March" led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
2001
Twelve Senate offices were closed when a letter to Sen. Tom Daschle was found to contain anthrax.
2002
The White House announced that North Korea had disclosed the existence of a secret nuclear weapons program.
October 16 BirthdaysNoah Webster1758–1843, American lexicographer and philologist, born in West Hartford, Conn., graduated Yale, 1778.
Tim Robbinsactor
Angela Lansburyactor
Suzanne Somersactor
John Mayersonger, songwriter
Eugene O'Neillplaywright
Oscar Wildeauthor
David Ben-Gurionstatesman
Michael Collinsrevolutionary leader
William O. Douglasjurist
Paul Strandphotographer



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