October 16


1829 – The first modern hotel in America opened in Boston, MA. The Tremont Hotel had 170 rooms that rented for $2 a day and included four meals.

1869 – A hotel in Boston, MA became the first in the U.S. to install indoor plumbing.

1923 – Walt and Roy Disney contracted with M.J. Winkler to distribute the Alice Comedies. This event marked the start of the Disney Company.

1928 – Marvin Pipkin received a patent for the frosted electric light bulb.

1931 – Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

1943 – Chicago’s subway system was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

1946 – An 18 year old rookie named Gordie Howe make his first NHL appearance with the Detroit Red Wings. He scored a goal in his first game.

1955 – Mrs. Jules Lederer took over the newspaper advice column as “Ann Landers,” replacing Ruth Crowly.

1978 – Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope John Paul II after the October 1978 Papal conclave. He is the first non-Italian pontiff since 1523.

1987 – After 58 hours, rescuers freed baby Jessica McClure from an abandoned well in Midland, TX.

1995 – The “Million Man March” took place in Washington, DC.

2000 – It was announced that Chevron Corp. would be buying Texaco Inc. for $35 billion. The combined company was called Chevron Texaco Corp. and became the 4th largest oil company in the world.

2002 – The Arthur Andersen accounting firm was sentenced to five years probation and fined $500,000 for obstructing a federeal investigation of the energy company Enron.

2008 – The iTunes Music Store reached 200 billion television episodes sold.



Angela Lansbury 1925 – Actress (TV’s “Murder She Wrote”, movies “Gaslight”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, “The Manchurian Candidate”)

Tim McCarver 1941 – Baseball catcher, sportscaster

Fred Turner 1943 – Musician (Bachman Turner Overdrive)

Suzanne Somers 1946 – Actress (TV’s “Three’s Company”)

Bob Weir 1947 – Musician (Grateful Dead)

Tim Robbins 1958 – Actor (“Mystic River”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, “The Hudsucker Proxy”, “The Player”, “Bull Durham”)

Gary Kemp 1959 – Musician, actor (Spandau Ballet, “The Krays”, “Killing Zoe”, “The Rapture”)

Flea 1962 – Musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Wendy Wilson 1969 – Singer (Wilson Phillips)

Kellie Martin 1975 – Actress (TV’s “Life Goes On”, “Christy”, “ER”, “Mystery Woman”)

John Mayer 1977- Singer

Jeremy Jackson 1980 – Actor (TV’s “Baywatch”)



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Department Store Day

Dictionary Day

Feral Cat Day

Steve Jobs Day

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For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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