Born on this Day 16th October
1430 King James II of Scotland
1854 Oscar Wilde
1863 Austen Chamberlain
1890 Michael Collins
1922 Robert Urquart
1922 Max Bygraves
1925 Angela Lansbury
1936 Peter Bowles
1940 Simon Ward
1947 Terry Griffiths
1958 Tim Robbins
1960 Gary Kemp
1967 Davina McCall
1984 Shayne Ward
1986 Craig Pickering
1994 Amelia Lily
Died On This Day
1937 Jean de Brunhoff
1972 Leo G Carroll
2002 Norbert Schultze
1951 Little Richard made his first recording, ‘Get Rich Quick’.
1971 Rod Stewart began his 2nd week at No.1 with ‘Maggie May’.
1982 Kid Creole and the Coconuts entered the top 20 at no.15 with ‘Annie I’m Not Your Daddy’, while 2 years after the death of John Lennon, the Beatles entered the charts at No.14 with ‘Love Me Do’.
1988 Stars including U2, The Christians and Robert Palmer took part in Smile Jamaica, a show for the victims of Hurricane Gilbert.
1982 The England Rugby team beat Fiji by a convincing 60 points to 19.
1993 Steffi Graf was awarded £25,000 damages after a rock group called ‘Run Over Schoolchildren’ suggested in lyrics that she had had an incestuous relationship with her father.
People & Showbiz
1958 ‘Blue Peter’ was first televised.
1964 Labour leader Harold Wilson became British Prime Minister.
1978 Cardinal Karl Wojtyla, Archbishop of Cracow, became Pope with the name of John-Paul. He was the first non-Italian to be elevated to the position since 1522.
1793 Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is guillotined at the height of the French Revolution.
1834 Much of the ancient structure of the Palace of Westminster in London is burnt to the ground.
1879 The British patent for the screw-cap bottle stopper was registered by Henry Barrett of Hampton, Middlesex.
1904 The first examples of picture postcards featuring natural colour were issued in Germany, showing a scene of an unidentified village.
1913 Britain’s first oil-powered battleship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, as launched from Portsmouth.
1923 The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.
1996 The government announced that the number of university applications for 1998 term had dropped by 16% since the introduction of tuition fees.