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16th October


1793 French queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.

1822 The new Drury Lane Theatre opened in London.

1847 Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Brontė was published.

1854 * Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright who wrote the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891).

1859 Abolitionist John Brown his men captured the US arsenal at Harper's Ferry.

1922 * Max Bygraves, English entertainer and singer.

1925 * Angela Landsbury, English actress who starred in the TV series Murder She Wrote.

1958 * Tim Robbins, US film actor.

1964 China detonated its first atomic bomb.

1967 Folk singer Joan Baez was arrested in a peace demonstration against the continuing war in Vietnam.

1974 Three prison staff and dozens of prisoners were injured in rioting and fires at the Long Kesh Maze prison.

1978 Cardinal Karol Wojtyla became the first non-Italian Pope since 1542.

1987 Southern Britain began a massive clear-up operation after the worst night of storms in living memory.

1996 Following Dunblane massacre in March, the British Government announced plans to outlaw almost all handguns..

1997 Britain Andy Green broke the sound barrier on land with the Thrust SSC car (766.61mph).


xxxx * = Date of birth

 
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