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The complete guide for learning what happened on a specific date, fun and crazy facts, holidays and speial events that heppend on any day.

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what-happened-on gives you almost all the interesting facts there is to know about any date from the day you were born until today!
Interesting facts, strange holidays and event that you could never have imagined exist.
Look for your birthday page or your loved ones birthday page and you'll be surprise the things you'll find there.
Instead of wasting your free time what-happened-on will wait for you with some awesome facts and fun things to learn each and every day.
Feel free to even leave a comment on your favorites days or just say congrats to your loved ones on their birthday wall.


Steve Jobs was a world famous businessman, thought leader and visionary. He spearheaded and revolutionised a number of industries, and lead organisations of...
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World Food Day was first launched in 1945. The reason World Food Day was created was to celebrate the launch of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture...
A day for lexicographers everywhere, Dictionary Day was founded to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Noah Webster - the father of the modern...
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If the internet is any judge, everyone loves a cat, well… Unless it’s a stray cat, at which point the tropes involve more back-alley caterwauling and boots...

History Facts:

16-10-1775 Portland Maine burned by British.
16-10-1781 Washington takes Yorktown
16-10-1793 Marie Antoinette beheaded in France.
16-10-1846 Dentist William T. Morton demonstrated the effectiveness of ether
16-10-1849 British seize Tigre Island in Gulf of Fonseca from Honduras.
16-10-1859 John Brown leads group of 20 in a raid on Harper's Ferry Va.
16-10-1861 Confederacy starts selling postage stamps
16-10-1869 Hotel in Boston becomes the 1st to have indoor plumbing
16-10-1916 Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic (Bkln)
16-10-1921 Jim Conzelman takes over as coach of Rock Island Independents from Frank Coughlin -- only mid-game coaching change in NFL history.
16-10-1923 Disney Co founded
16-10-1941 Gordo (by Gus Arriola) 1st appeared in newspapers
16-10-1943 Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly opens the city's new subway system.
16-10-1946 10 Nazi leaders hanged as war criminals after Nuremberg trials.
16-10-1952 Woolworth's at Powell & Market (S.F.) opens.
16-10-1957 Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip arrive in Virginia
16-10-1962 Cuban missile crisis began as JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba
16-10-1962 Yanks beat Giants 4 games to 3 in the world series
16-10-1964 Brezhnev & Kosygin replace Krushchev as head of Russia
16-10-1964 China becomes world's 5th nuclear power
16-10-1969 Soyuz 6 returns to Earth
16-10-1970 Anwar Sadat elected president of Egypt succeeding Gamal Abdel Nasser
16-10-1971 Amphitheater in McLaren Park is dedicated in S.F.
16-10-1973 Kissinger & Le Duc Tho jointly awarded Nobel peace prize
16-10-1976 Soyuz 23 returns to Earth
16-10-1978 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected supreme pontiff-John Paul II.
16-10-1981 Israel's General Moshe Dayan dies at 66
16-10-1982 Mt Palomar Observatory 1st to detect Halley's comet on 13th return
16-10-1982 Devils 1st road victory 6-5 over Penguins
16-10-1982 Shultz warns US will withdraw from UN if they vote to exclude Israel
16-10-1984 Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu named Nobel Peace Prize winner
16-10-1985 Intel introduces 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip.
16-10-1986 Armand Hammer arrives back in US with Jewish refusenik David Goldfarb
16-10-1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London much of southern England.
16-10-1987 18-month-old Jessica McClure is rescued 58 hours after she fell 22 feet into a well shaft in Midland TX.

Famous Birthdays:

16-10-1708 Albrecht von Haller, the father of experimental physiology
16-10-1758 Noah Webster, lexicographer
16-10-1792 Francisco Moraz n, (Liberal), president of Central America (1830-40)
16-10-1854 Oscar Wilde, (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) - Dublin, (Pic of Dorian Gray)
16-10-1863 Sir Austen Chamberlain, British foreign secretary (Nobel 1925)
16-10-1888 Eugene O'Neill, dramatist (Desire Under the Elms) (Nobel 1936)
16-10-1890 Paul Strand, photographer
16-10-1898 William O. Douglas, former Supreme Court justice
16-10-1908 Enver Hoxha, post-war leader of Albania
16-10-1921 Linda Darnell
16-10-1925 Angela Lansbury, Actress (Murder She Wrote)
16-10-1927 Gunter Grass, German novelist, poet (The Tin Drum)
16-10-1931 Charles W. Colson, pres adviser
16-10-1946 Suzanne Somers, Actress (3's Co) in San Bruno Calif