1620 – Pierre Paul Puget the French painter and sculptor was born on the 16th October 1620 (died 1694).
1726 – Daniel Chodowiecki the Polish painter was born on the 16th October 1726 (died 1801).
1758 – Noah Webster the American lexicographer and author was born on the 16th October 1758 (died 1843).
1793 – Marie Antoinette was guillotined at the height of the French Revolution on the 16th October 1793. Marie Antoinette was the widow of Louis XVI.
1804 – Benjamin Russell the American painter was born on the 16th October 1804 (died 1885).
1846 – William TG Morton demonstrated ether anesthesia for the first time on the 16th October 1846, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome.
1854 – Oscar Wilde the Irish author, poet, and playwright was born on the 16th October 1854 (died 1900).
1884 – Rembrandt Bugatti the Italian sculptor was born on the 16th October 1884 (died 1916).
1890 – Paul Strand the American photographer was born on the 16th October 1890 (died 1975).
1922 – Max Bygraves the English actor and singer was born on the 16th October 1922 (died 2012).
1923 – The Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney on the 16th October 1923.
1923 – Bert Kaempfert the German orchestra leader and composer was born on the 16th October 1923 (died 1980).
1925 – Angela Lansbury the English-American actress and singer was born on the 16th October 1925.
1944 – Wally Walrus, known as Woody Woodpecker’s first steady foil, debuted on the The Beach Nut, a Walter Lantz’s cartoon on the 16th October 1944.
1962 – Flea the Australian-American bass player and songwriter from Red Hot Chili Peppers was born on the 16th October 1962.
1964 – The People’s Republic of China detonated its first nuclear weapon on the 16th October 1964.
1969 – Wendy Wilson the American singer from Wilson Phillips was born on the 16th October 1969.
1973 – Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on the 16th October 1973.
1975 – The Balibo Five, a group of Australian television journalists in the town of Balibo, in Portuguese Timor (now East Timor) were killed by Indonesian troops on the 16th October 1975.
1977 – John Mayer the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 16th October 1977.
1978 – Pope John Paul II was elected after the October 1978 Papal conclave on the 16th October 1978.
1978 – Wanda Rutkiewicz was the 1st Polish and the 1st European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest on the 16th October 1978.
1984 – The Bill debuted on ITV on the 16th October 1984, and became the longest-running police procedural in British television history.
1984 – Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on the 16th October 1984.
1985 ~ CASEY STONER the Australian professional motorcycle racer was born on the 28th October in 1985. Casey Stoner is best known for being a 2 time MotoGP World Champion in 2007 and 2011. Casey was born in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia and raised in Southport, Queensland, where he raced from 4 years old. Casey Stoner announced that he would retire from Grand Prix racing at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
1986 – Reinhold Messner became the 1st person to summit all 14 Eight-thousanders on the 16th October 1986.
1991 ~ JEDWARD duo John & Edward Grimes the Irish singers were born on the 16th October 1991 in Dublin, Ireland. Official Jedward website: www.planetJedward.net | official Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialJedward | Twitter verified: www.twitter.com/planetjedward | YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/JEDWARDTV | YouTube video: Young Love (2012) ~ Jedward…
1995 – The Million Man March occurred in Washington, D.C. on the 16th October 1995.
1995 – The Skye Bridge was opened on the 16th October 1995.
2011 ~ CASEY STONER had his 5th straight win at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island on the 16th October in 2011, and it was also his 2nd World championship, all on his birthday!
2012 ~ The KUNSTHAL MUSEUM in Rotterdam, Netherlands, had 7 paintings stolen on the 16th October 2012. The paintings stolen were by Monet, Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse, De Haan and Freud.
Today in History for October 16th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…