Daily Calendar for Saturday, October 16, 2021 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Saturday, October 16, 2021


  • Noah Webster (writer)
  • Francis Lubbock (Texas governor)
  • Oscar Wilde (author)
  • Wallace Rupert Turnbull (Canadian aeronautical engineer)
  • Eugene O'Neill (playwright)
  • Angela Lansbury (actress)
  • Suzanne Somers (actress)
  • Tim Robbins (actor & director)
  • Kellie Martin (actress)
  • John Mayer (musician)


  • Marie Antoinette (Queen of France)
  • Gene Krupa (musician)
  • Deborah Kerr (actress)
  • Barbara Billingsley (actress)
  • Dan Wheldon (race car driver)
  • Ed Lauter (actor)


  • Cape Breton Island was re-annexed to Nova Scotia
  • The Tremont House in Boston, considered by many to be the first modern first-class hotel in the US, opens
  • The first successful demonstration of ether took place at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
  • John Brown, U.S. abolitionist, led an unsuccessful raid on government arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, in what is now West Virginia
  • Cardiff giant discovered in Cardiff, New York (near Syracuse)
  • First Quebec vs. Ontario football game
  • Margaret Sanger and others open the first birth control clinic, in Brooklyn, NY
  • Sun-Times published first Ann Landers column by Eppie Lederer
  • Two American black athletes at Olympic Games, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, demonstrate for black power while receiving their medals. They are suspended by the Olympic Committee.
  • Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • The Roman Catholic College of Cardinals elected first non-Italian pope in 455 years, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland, who took the name John Paul II
  • 7.1 Hector Mine earthquake, Mojave Desert, California
  • A magnitude-4.0 earthquake struck about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine and was felt throughout New England


  • 88 degrees F in New York City

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