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Birthdates which occurred on your SELECTED date of October 16:

1708 Albrecht von Haller Switz, experimental physiology (Acad of Science)
1758 Noah Webster lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary)
1792 Francisco Morazán (L) president of Central America (1830-40)
1827 Arnold Böcklin Switzerland, landscape/allegory painter
1849 Geoirge Washington Williams famous African
1851 James Ten Eyck champion rower/coach (Ten Eyck Trophy namesake)
1854 Oscar Wilde [Fingal O'Flahertie Wills], Dublin, (Pic of Dorian Gray)
1863 Sir Austen Chamberlain British Foreign Secretary (Nobel 1925)
1886 David Ben-Gurion Plonsk Poland, 1st PM of Israel (1948-53, 55)
1888 Eugene O'Neill NYC, dramatist (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936)
1890 Paul Strand NYC, photographer (Native Land-1942)
1898 Arthur H Dean lawyer/advisor to FDR
1898 William O Douglas Maine, US supreme court justice (1939-75)
19-- Angela Baur (fictional character on "Who's the Boss")
19-- Flea rock bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers-Blood Sugar Sex Magik)
19-- Jim Youngs Old Bethpage NY, actor (Secret of Midland Heights)
19-- Morgan Stevens Knoxville Tn, actor (David-Fame, Bare Essence)
1900 Leon (Goose) Goslin baseball hall of famer (AL bat champ 1928)
1900 Lloyd Corrigan SF, actor (Papa Dodger-Willy, Prof McKillup-Hank)
1905 Rex Bell Chicago, cowboy (Cowboys & Injuns)
1906 George Martin Lott Jr tennis champ (1931 US Open runner-up)
1908 Enver Hoxha post-war leader of Albania (1944-85)
1913 Alice Pearce NYC, comedienne/actress (Gladys Kravitz-Bewitched)
1921 Linda Darnell Dallas, Tx, actress (Unfaithfully Yours, 2nd Chance)
1921 Michael Conrad Washington Hgts NY, actor (Delvecchio, Hill St Blues)
1922 Max Bygraves London, actor (Tom Brown's School Days)
1925 Angela Lansbury London England, actress (Jessica-Murder She Wrote)
1927 Günter Grass Germany, novelist/poet (The Tin Drum)
1927 Lee Montague London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
1931 Charles W Colson presidential adviser, Watergate figure
1932 Henry Lewis LA Calif, conductor/bass (LA Philharmonic 1955-59)
1937 Tony Anthony Clarksburg WV, actor (Treasure of 4 Crowns)
1940 Dave DeBusschere Detroit, NBA foward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner
1941 Tim McCarver baseball catcher (NY Mets)/sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
1944 Johnny Washbrook Toronto, actor (Ken-My Friend Flicka)
1946 Suzanne Somers San Bruno Calif, actress (3's Company, Step by Step)
1947 Bob Weir guitarist (Grateful Dead-Uncle Joe's Band)
1951 Daniel Gerroll London, actor (Big Business)
1953 Susan Pedersen US, 4 X 100m medley swimmer (Olympic-gold-1968)
1955 Ellen Dolan Iowa, actress (Guiding Light, Margo Hughes-ATWT)
1958 Tim Robbins actor (Bull Durham, Cadillac Man)
1959 Gary Kemp rocker (Spandau Ballet-True)
1962 Manute Bol NBA center (Golden State Warriors)
1969 Wendy Wilson singer (Wilson-Philips-Hold On)
1978 Abel Talamantez Texas, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)

Deaths which occurred on October 16:

1793 Marie Antoinette queen of France, beheaded in France
1849 George Washington Williams Penns, 1st major black historian
1946 Arthur Seyss-Inquart Austrian chancellor (1930s), dies at 54
1951 Liaquat Ali Khan PM of Pakistan, assassinated by Said Akbar
1972 Leo G Carroll actor (Topper, Man From Uncle), dies at 80
1978 Dan Dailey actor (Gov Drinkwater-Governor & JJ), dies at 63
1981 Moshe Dayan Israel's general, dies at 66
1983 George Liberace violinist (Liberace Show), dies at 72
1984 Ken Carpenter TV announcer (Lux Video Theater), dies at 84
1984 Peggy Ann Garner actress, dies at 53 of cancer
1985 Claude Stroud actor (Hobart-Ted Knight Show, Duke), dies at 78
1987 Dana Suesse songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 75
1989 Cornel Wilde actor, dies
1990 Art Blakey jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71


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On this day...

1311 Council of Vienne (15th ecumenical council) opens
1775 Portland, Maine burned by British
1781 Washington takes Yorktown
1829 Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston)
1841 Queens University in Kingston is chartered
1846 Dentist William T Morton demonstrated the effectiveness of ether
1848 1st US homeopathic medical college opens in Pennsylvania
1849 Avery College establishes in Allegheny, Pennsylvania
1849 British seize Tigre Island in Gulf of Fonseca from Honduras
1859 John Brown leads 20 in raid on federal arsenal, Harper's Ferry, Va
1861 Confederacy starts selling postage stamps
1867 Alaska adopts the Gregorian calendar, crosses intl date line
1869 Hotel in Boston becomes the 1st to have indoor plumbing
1876 Race riot at Cainhoy SC (5 whites & 1 black killed)
1909 Pirates beat Tigers 4 games to 3 in 6th World Series
1912 Boston beats NY Giants, 4 games to 3 with a tie in 9th World Series
1916 Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic (46 Amboy St, Brooklyn)
1921 Jim Conzelman takes over as coach of Rock Island Independents from Frank Coughlin-only mid-game coaching change in NFL history
1923 Disney Co founded
1925 Texas School Board prohibits teaching of evolution
1926 Troop ship sinks in Yangtze River, killing 1,200
1931 Trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd chops first
1940 Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr named 1st black general in regular army
1940 Lottery for 1st US WW II draftees held; #158 drawn 1st
1940 Warsaw Ghetto established
1941 "Gordo" comic strip (by Gus Arriola) 1st appears in newspapers
1941 Germany advances within 60 miles (96 K) of Moscow
1942 Cyclone in Bay of Bengal kills some 40,000 south of Calcutta India
1942 Natl Boxing Assn freezes titles of those serving in armed services
1943 Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly opens city's new subway system
1945 UN's Food & Agriculture Organization comes into existence
1946 10 Nazi leaders hanged as war criminals after Nuremberg trials
1952 Woolworth's at Powell & Market (SF) opens
1956 William J Brennan Jr becomes a Supreme Court Justice
1957 Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit Williamsburg Virginia
1962 Byron R White becomes a Supreme Court Justice
1962 Cuban missile crisis began as JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba
1962 Yanks (20th championship) beat SF Giants 4 games to 3 in 59th World Series (NY Yankees appear in 12 & win 9 of last 14 World Series)
1964 Brezhnev & Kosygin replace Krushchev as head of Russia
1964 China becomes world's 5th nuclear power
1968 During Olympics Tommie Smith & John Carlos give black power salute
1968 Milwaukee Bucks play their 1st game losing 89-84 to Chic Bulls
1968 Jim Dorey sets Toronto Maple Leaf penalty records (48 mins on 9 penalties in a game & 44 minutes on 7 penalties in a period)
1969 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Orioles 5-3 & win 66th World Series in 5
1969 Soyuz 6 returns to Earth
1970 Anwar Sadat elected president of Egypt, succeeding Gamal Abdel Nasser
1971 Amphitheater in McLaren Park is dedicated in SF
1973 Kissinger & Le Duc Tho jointly awarded Nobel peace prize
1973 Maynard Jackson elected mayor of Atlanta
1976 Soyuz 23 returns to Earth
1976 Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 min 54 sec
1978 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected supreme pontiff-John Paul II
1982 Devils 1st road victory 6-5 over Penguins
1982 Mt Palomar Observatory 1st to detect Halley's comet on 13th return
1982 Shultz warns US will withdraw from UN if they vote to exclude Israel
1983 Balt Orioles beat Phila Phillies, 4 games to 3 in 80th World Series
1984 Desmond Tutu, black Anglican Bishop, wins the Nobel Peace Prize
1985 Challenger vehicle moves to the launch pad for STS 61A mission
1985 Intel introduces 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip
1986 Armand Hammer returns to US with Jewish refusenik David Goldfarb
1986 US govt closes down due to budget problems
1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
1987 Jessica McClure rescued 58 hrs after falling 22' into a well shaft
1988 Orel Hirsheiser, 1st to pitch shutout in playoff & world series (World Series #85)
1990 US forces reach 200,000 in the Persian Gulf
1991 George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 & himself & wounds 20 in Texas
1991 US Supreme Court begins to hear Joseph Doherty case


Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Jamaica : National Heroes Day
World : World Food Day
Alaska : Alaska Day (1867) - - - - - ( Monday )

Religious Observances

Christ : Hedwig & Margaret Mary Alacoqu e, virgin
RC : Commemoration of St Gerard Majella, patron of mothers
RC : Memorial of St Hedwig, widow, patron of Silesia (opt)
Ang : Commemoration of Hugh Latimer & Nicholas Ridley, bishops
Ang : Comm of Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury
RC : Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (opt)
RC : Commemoration of St Gerard Majella, monk, patron of mothers

Religious History

1311 The Council of Vienne was convened, called by Clement V. During its three sessions, the council suppressed the Knights Templars (the principal military-religious order of the Middle Ages).
1649 The American colony of Maine passed legislation granting religious freedom to all its citizens, on condition that those of contrary religious persuasions behave acceptably.
1752 Birth of Johann G. Eichhorn, German Old Testament scholar. Eichhorn was a pioneer in "higher criticism," which evaluated Scripture through literary analysis and historical evidence, rather than by the unquestioned authority of systematized religious tradition.
1789 In Philadelphia, as the second general convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church closed, a church constitution had been adopted. Canons of the new denomination were ratified and a revised version of the "Book of Common Prayer" was authorized.
1812 Death of Henry Martyn, Anglican missionary to Persia. During his short life of 31 years, he translated the New Testament into Hindustani, later into Arabic and Persian. He died at sea, while returning to England.

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Additional information supplied by the author. Contact via E-mail: William D. Blake. (

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