October 16

About 800,000 African-American people attended the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., 1995. The event’s organizers were motivated by concern that the federal government’s interest in racial equality was dwindling.

Australian troops repelled a major assault by Japanese forces in New Guinea, 1943.

A hurricane struck near Bombay (now Mumbai), India, killing thousands due to flooding, 1942.

The western ballet Billy the Kid by Aaron Copeland premiered in Chicago, 1938.

Former president Herbert Hoover charged that Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal administration was hiding many government fund expenditures off the books, away from the budgeting process, 1936.

Five officers who had served aboard the ocean liner Morro Castle were found guilty of negligence, 1934.

The Spanish Parliament legalized divorce, 1931, part of the movement away from church involvement in Spanish law brought about by the Republican-Socialist government. The new government had also granted women the vote and announced a separation of church and state.

Secret Service agents arrested two Oakland, California men accused of making counterfeit $5 gold pieces, 1915. The fake coins used real gold, but were short weight. The three-year campaign of the counterfeiters caused the phony coins to spread through most of the nation, giving them a profit of $2.50 for each coin they palmed off.

The Indians' Ghost Dance craze reached the Sioux reservations in South Dakota, 1890. The Indian agent at Pine Ridge telegraphed Washington: "Indians are dancing in the snow and are wild and crazy. . . We need protection and we need it now." At their dances the Sioux wore white shirts that would supposedly stop bullets.

Blizzards hit Minnesota and Dakota Territory, 1880. The snow was so deep some railroads did not operate until spring.

America’s first department store, ZCMI, opened in Salt Lake City in 1868.

The first operation using ether anesthesia was performed at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, 1846.

Marie Antoinette, queen of France's Louis XVI, was sent to the guillotine, 1793.

Dictionary maker Noah Webster was born, 1758. He wrote a children's spelling book that schools used for 80 years.

General Robert E. Lee attended the christening of a baby boy, and its mother asked him for advice to guide the child to manhood. Lee replied, "Teach him to deny himself."

Congress fighting inflation is like the mafia fighting crime. -- Ray Mossholder

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead. -- Erma Bombeck

Job 35:9-11 (American Standard Version)

  By reason of the multitude of oppressions people cry out; They cry for help because the arm of the mighty [is turned against them].  But none say, Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night, Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?

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