Sunday, October 16, 2011

16th of October

It is the 289th day of the year, with 76 days remaining.

1781 - George Washington captures Yorktown, Virginia after the Siege of Yorktown.

1859 - John Brown leads a raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia.

1875 - Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah.

1923 - The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.

1939 - This marks the first attack on British territory by the German Luftwaffe.

1940 - Benjamin O. Davis Sr., is named the first African-American general in the United States Army.

1940 - The Warsaw Ghetto is established during the Second World War.

1946 - Execution of the convicted Nazi leaders of the main Nuremberg Trial.

1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis between the United States and Cuba begins.

1968 - United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, are kicked off the USA's team for participating in the 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute.

1975 - Rahima Banu, a 2-year-old girl from the village of Kuralia in Bangladesh, is the last known person to be infected with naturally occurring smallpox.

2002 - Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria is inaugurated, a commemoration of the great Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, when it was burned to the ground in 48 BC by Julius Caesar.

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