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Notable Historical Events for October 16th

1942Aaron Copland/de Milles ballet "Rodeo," premieres in NYC

1978Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

1936Lou Gehrig, is voted AL MVP by BBWAA

1859John Brown leads 21 in raid on federal arsenal, Harper's Ferry, Va

19921,700th David Letterman Show

1492Columbus' fleet anchors at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas)

1813Battle of Leipzig, largest battle in Europe prior to WWI, Napoleon's forces defeated by Prussia, Austria & Russia

1970Pierre Trudeau invokes the War Measures Act as a response to the October Crisis, the only peacetime use of the War Measures Act in Canadian history.

1978Test debut of Kapil Dev, India v Pakistan at Faisalabad

1953Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years (Havana)

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Notable Birthdays on October 16th

1886David Ben-Gurion, Plonsk Poland, 1st Prime Minister of Israel (1948-53, 55)

1854Oscar Wilde, [Fingal O'Flahertie Wills], Dublin, (Pic of Dorian Gray), (d. 1900)

1925Angela Lansbury, London England, actress (Jessica-Murder She Wrote)

1758Noah Webster, West Hartford, Connecticut, lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), (d. 1843)

1890Michael Collins, Sam's Cross County Cork, Irish revolutionary leader

1940Dave DeBusschere, Detroit Michigan, NBA foward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner

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Notable Weddings on October 16th

1923General Francisco Franco (30) marries María del Carmen Polo y Martínez-Valdés (23) at Church of San Juan el Real in Oviedo

1993NFL coach Don Shula (28) weds second wife Mary Anne Stephens at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Miami Beach

1992Author J. K. Rowling (27) weds Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes

1979MLB outfielder Tim Raines (20) weds his high school sweetheart Virginia Hilton

October 16th Weddings
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Notable Divorces on October 16th

1924American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell divorces 1st husband Berrien (Red) Upshaw

1984Joyce King divorces NBA guard George Gervin (32) after nearly 8 years of marriage

October 16th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on October 16th

1793Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, beheaded at 37

1959George Marshall, US army general, dies at 78

October 16th Deaths
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