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October 16 English novelist Charlotte Brontë (under the pseudonym Currer Bell) published Jane Eyre.

John Wesley Carlos and Tommie Smith  

John Carlos and Tommie Smith created political controversy at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games on October 16, 1968. While receiving their medals on the Olympic podium, Carlos and Smith raised the “Black Power Salute” while wearing no shoes to symbolize poverty in Black America.


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Peter Norman (Silver Medalist), John Carlos (Gold Medalist) and Tommie Smith(Bronze Medalist) On The Medals Podium During The 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics.

Tommie Smith said of their political stand “If I win, I am an American, not a black American…But if I did something bad, then they would say I am a Negro.  We are black and we are proud of being black.  Black America will understand what we did tonight.”  Carlos and Smith were honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPY Awards in 2008.

Marie-Antoinette guillotined
After the French Revolution began, Marie-Antoinette, queen consort of Louis XVI, was targeted by agitators who, enraged by her extravagance and attempts to save the monarchy, ultimately guillotined her on this day in 1793.

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China, eager to join the nuclear race, successfully detonated its first atomic bomb.
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Margaret Sanger
Margaret Sanger, an activist for women's reproductive rights, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, in Brooklyn, New York.
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Eugene O'Neill
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The Cardiff Giant was “discovered” in New York state; originally thought to be a petrified prehistoric man, it was later revealed to be a hoax.
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John Brown, a militant abolitionist, made his legendary raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
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Charlotte Brontë
English novelist Charlotte Brontë (under the pseudonym Currer Bell) published Jane Eyre, which became a classic noted for giving new truthfulness to the Victorian novel.
William Thomas Green Morton administering ether anesthesia
William Thomas Green Morton first demonstrated the use of ether as a general anesthetic before a gathering of physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
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American lexicographer Noah Webster, who was instrumental in giving American English a dignity and vitality of its own, was born.

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