On This Day In History, 16 October

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World Events Today

  • The Walt Disney Company was founded today in 1923
  • The Long March, a military retreat by the Red Army of the Communist Party of China, started today in 1934, the route covered an estimated 9,000 kilometers, 5,600 miles, and took over a year to complete
  • Project 596, the first nuclear weapons test conducted by the People’s Republic of China, occurred today in 1964

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Indian cricketer Kapil Dev, considered one of the best all-rounders in the history of the game, made his Test debut today in 1978 against Pakistan
  • The British television sketch comedy series Not the Nine O’Clock News aired for the first time today in 1979 on BBC 2
  • The Spanish racing driver Fernando Alonso won the Chinese Grand Prix today in 2005, it made him Drivers’ Championship for that year

Family Events Today

  • Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France under the ancien régime, died today in 1793, she was executed by guillotine in Paris
  • Barbara Joyce Dainton, the penultimate remaining survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, died today in 2007 aged 96

Main Event Today

  • Karol Józef Wojtyła became Pope John Paul II today in 1978, the first non-Italian Pope since the 16th century

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Dictionary Day

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