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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

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

1875Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah.

1916Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic (46 Amboy St, Bkln)

1934Mao Zedong & 25,000 troops begin 6,000 mile Long March

1936Lou Gehrig, is voted AL MVP by BBWAA

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

1950The first edition of C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is released in London

1953Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years (Havana)

1956"Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley premieres

1962Cuban missile crisis begins as JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba

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.

1978Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

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

1987Mike Tyson TKOs Tyrell Biggs in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

On This Day In History
Date Event
Oct 16, 456
Magister militum Ricimer defeats the Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the western Roman Empire. 
Oct 16, 1311
Council of Vienne (15th ecumenical council) opens 
Oct 16, 1384
Jadwiga is crowned King of Poland, although a woman. 
Oct 16, 1492
Columbus' fleet anchors at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas) 
Oct 16, 1502
Storm ravages Friese coast 
Oct 16, 1551
English Edward Seymour duke of Somerset re-arrested 
Oct 16, 1600
Olivier van Noorts ships reach Philippines 
Oct 16, 1674
Emperor Leopold I fires chancellor Furst Wenzel Lobkowitz 
Oct 16, 1710
British troops occupies Port Royal, Nova Scotia 
Oct 16, 1757
Austrian troops occupy Berlin 
Oct 16, 1775
Portland, Maine burned by British 
Oct 16, 1780
Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War. 
Oct 16, 1781
Washington takes Yorktown 
Oct 16, 1793
Battle of Wattignies. 
Oct 16, 1795
M von Böhms "Oorlogscantate" premieres 
Oct 16, 1813
Battle of Leipzig, largest battle in Europe prior to WWI, Napoleon's forces defeated by Prussia, Austria & Russia 
Oct 16, 1829
Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston) 
Oct 16, 1834
Much of the ancient structures of the Palace of Westminster (parliament) in London is burnt down. 
Oct 16, 1841
Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is chartered 
Oct 16, 1843
Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers. 
Oct 16, 1846
Dentist William T Morton demonstrates effectiveness of ether 
Oct 16, 1847
Charlotte Bronte's book "Jane Eyre" published 
Oct 16, 1848
1st US homeopathic medical college opens in Pennsylvania 
Oct 16, 1849
Avery College establishes in Allegheny, Pennsylvania 
Oct 16, 1849
British seize Tigre Island in Gulf of Fonseca from Honduras 
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