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This Day In History: Oct. 16

This Day in History

1793: Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, is beheaded.
1853: The Crimean War begins when the Ottoman Empire declares war on Russia.
1859: Abolitionist John Brown seizes the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry, WV.
1949: The Greek civil war ends when the rebel leadership proclaims that military operations against the government have been halted.
1978: Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, archbishop of Krakow, Poland, is elected pope, taking the name of John Paul II.
1987: Toddler Jessica McClure is rescued after being trapped in a well for 2 days.
1995: Hundreds of thousands of African-American men meet in the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.
2002: The Bush administration announces that North Korea has acknowledged having a nuclear weapons program.
2003: The UN Security Council unanimously endorses the U.S.-led multinational force's control of Iraq.

Today's Birthdays

1758: Noah Webster, lexicographer (West Hartford, CT; died 1843)
1854: Oscar Wilde, poet/playwright (Dublin, Ireland; died 1900)
1886: David Ben-Gurion, first prime minister of Israel (Plonsk, Poland; died 1973)
1888: Eugene O'Neill, playwright (New York, NY; died 1953)
1898: William O. Douglas, Supreme Court justice (Maine, MN; died 1980)
1890: Michael Collins, Irish independence fighter (Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland; died 1922). Paul Strand, photographer (New York, NY; died 1976)
1908: Enver Hoxha, Albanian dictator (Gjirokaster, Albania; died 1985)
1925: Angela Lansbury, actress (London, England)
1927: Günter Grass, writer (Danzig, Germany)
1931: Charles Colson, government official during Watergate (Boston, MA)
1941: Tim McCarver, sportscaster and baseball player (Memphis, TN)
1946: Suzanne Somers, actress (San Bruno, CA)
1947: Bob Weir, musician/singer (San Francisco, CA)
1958: Tim Robbins, actor/director/playwright (West Covina, CA)
1969: Juan Gonzalez, baseball player (Arecibo, Puerto Rico)
1958: Kordel Stewart, football player (Marrero, LA)
1974: Paul Kariya, hockey player (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
1975: Kellie Martin, actress (Riverside, CA)

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