October 16: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History


(October 16, 1846)
William Thomas Green Morton demonstrated the use of ether as a general anaesthetic for the first time in front of a group of physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. photo source:


(October 16, 1968)
Tommie Smith (gold, 19.83 world record) and John Carlos (bronze) of the United States famously give the Black Power Salute on the 200m medal platform during the Mexico City Olympics to protest prejudice and injustice against African-Americans. photo source:

(October 16, 1968)
Yasunari Kawabata wins the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first Japanese recipient. photo source:

(October 16, 2003)
László Papp, the first three-time Olympic boxing champion, died at the age of 77. He won gold medals in 1948, 1952, and 1956. photo source:

(Died on October 16, 2017)
Sean Hughes, British-born Irish stand-up comedian (b. 1965).

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