On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Abolitionist John Brown leads a raid on Harper's Ferry, hoping to start a slave rebellion.
Margaret Sanger founds Planned Parenthood when she opens a birth control clinic in the United States.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan leads the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.
Benjamin O. Davis Sr. is appointed the first African American general in the U.S. Army.
With the appointment of Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II, the Roman Catholic church elects its first non-Italian Pope in 455 years.
"Baby Jessica" McClure is rescued from an abandoned well, where she was trapped for 58 hours.
Born on This Day
Born: October 16, 1854
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
1946 | 67 years old
Television Actress, Pin-up
Activist, Military Leader, Political Leader / 1890 - 1922
Michael Collins was a hero of the Irish struggle for independence, who directed guerrilla warfare during the intensification of the Anglo-Irish War.
1890 | 31 years old
Activist, Military Leader, ...
Born: October 16, 1977
Age: 36 years old
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Occupation: Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
1925 | 88 years old
1958 | 55 years old
Died on This Day
Died: October 16, 1793
Age: 37 years old
Place: Paris , France
2007 | 86 years old
2010 | 94 years old
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