Monday, October 16th 2017

Today is the 289th day of 2017.  There are 76 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1701 The Collegiate School was founded in Killingworth, CT. The school moved to New Haven in 1745 and changed its name to Yale College.
1793 During the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded.
1829 The first modern hotel in America opened. The Tremont Hotel had 170 rooms that rented for $2 a day and included four meals.
1846 Ether, the painkiller, was used for the first time. The drug was invented by dentist William T. Morton.
1859 Abolitionist John Brown led a group of about 20 men in a raid on Harper's Ferry.
1869 A hotel in Boston became the first in the U.S. to install indoor plumbing.
1916 Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic, in New York City.
1923 Walt Disney contracted with M.J. Winkler to distribute the Alice Comedies. This event is recognized as the start of the Disney Company.
1928 Marvin Pipkin received a patent for the frosted electric light bulb.
1941 The Nazis advanced to within 60 miles of Moscow. Romanians entered Odessa, USSR, and began exterminating 150,000 Jews.
1943 Chicago's new subway system was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
1946 Ten Nazi war criminals condemned during the Nuremberg trials were hanged.
1955 Mrs. Jules Lederer replaced Ruth Crowley in newspapers using the name Ann Landers.
1962 U.S. President Kennedy was informed that there were missile bases in Cuba, beginning the Cuban missile crisis.
1964 China detonated its first atomic bomb.
1967 NATO headquarters opened in Brussels.
1970 Anwar Sadat was elected president of Egypt, succeeding the late Gamal Abdel Nasser.
1973 Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize; Tho declined the award.
1978 The College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Karol Wojtyla to be the new pope; he took the name John Paul II.
1982 China announced that it had successfully fired a ballistic missile from a submarine.
1987 Rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl trapped in an abandoned well for 58 hours in Midland, Texas.
1989 U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed the Gramm-Rudman budget reduction law that ordered federal programs be cut by $16.1 billion.
1991 George Hennard crashed his truck into a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, TX and began a shooting rampage in which he killed 23 people before taking his own life.
1993 The U.N. Security Council approved the deployment of U.S. warships to enforce a blockade on Haiti to increase pressure on the controlling military leaders.
1994 German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was re-elected to a fourth term.
1995 A vast throng of black men gathered in Washington for the ''Million Man March'' led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
1997 Charles M. Schulz and his wife Jeannie announced that they would give $1 million toward the construction of a D-Day memorial to be placed in Virginia.
1998 David Trimble and John Hume were named recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the Northern Ireland peace accord.
1998 British police arrested former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in London for questioning about allegations that he had murdered Spanish citizens during his years in power.
1999 A New York Air National Guard plane rescued Dr. Jerri Nielsen from a South Pole research center after she'd spent five months isolated by the Antarctic winter, which forced her to treat herself for a breast lump.
2000 It was announced that Chevron Corp. would buy Texaco Inc. for $35 billion. The combined company was called Chevron Texaco Corp. and became the 4th largest oil company in the world.
2002 It was reported that North Korea had told the U.S. that it had a secret nuclear weapons program in violation of an 1994 agreement with the U.S.
2002 The Arthur Andersen accounting firm was sentenced to five years probation and fined $500,000 for obstructing a federeal investigation of the energy company Enron.

Born on this day

1758 Author Noah Webster was born. He was a teacher and journalist whose name is associated with the word "dictionary."
1898 Supreme Court Justice William Orville Douglas was born. He served for 36 years on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Died on this day

1997 Author James Michener died in Austin, Texas, at age 90.
2000 Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan and his son were killed in a plane crash south of St. Louis while en route to a rally for Carnahan's U.S. Senate campaign.

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