On October 16:
1758 Noah Webster, US lexicographer, was born.
1841 Queen’s University was founded in Kingston, Ontario Canada.
1854 Irish writer Oscar Wilde was born.
Photograph taken in 1882 by Napoleon Sarony
1869 – Girton College, Cambridge was founded, England’s first residential college for women.
|“Better is wisdom than weapons of war”
1875 Brigham Young University was founded in Provo, Utah.
1886 Israel’s first Prime Minister, – David Ben-Gurion, was born,
1890 Irish patriot Michael Collins was born.
1903 French storyteller and co-crator of Babar, Cecile de Brunhoff, was born.
1916 Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood by opening the first U.S. birth control clinic.
1922 English singer and song writer Max Bygraves was born.
1923 – The Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy.
1925 English actress Angela Lansbury was born.
1936 Jean Batten landed in New Zealand at the end of the first flight from Britian.
1936 English actor Peter Bowles was born.
1945 The Food and Agriculture Organization was founded in Quebec City.
1975 Rahima Banu, a 2-year old girl from the village of Kuralia in Bangladesh, was the last known person to be infected with naturally occurring smallpox.
1995 The Skye Bridge was opened.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.