Marie Antoinette was beheaded on October 16th in 1793. The former royal's trip to the guillotine was sparked by monarchy reform and French Revolution angst.
Other events on October 16th in History:
1854: Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland.
1958: Automotive maker, Chevrolet, introduced the El Camino.
1964: China conducted their first nuclear test, joining Russia, America, France, and Great Britain, in a league of nations with atomic bomb capabilities.
1987: An 18th month old baby was rescued after falling into a well and the event caught worldwide attention.
2002: The war against Iraq was officially authorized with President George Bush's signing of a congressional resolution.
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