On This Day - October 16th

October 16th takes us even deeper into October, one of the spookiest months of the year if you’re living in the West. It’s also deep into fall for people in the upper hemisphere, meaning the nights are getting longer and colder by the day. No need to worry about weather right now – let’s take a look at some fascinating facts about October 16th that might just shock you…

On this day

The Battle of Leipzig

The Battle of Leipzig occurred.

In 1813, the Battle of Leipzig took place on this day. It was one of the largest battles in Europe prior to World War I. Napoleon’s forces were eventually defeated by Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

The Anglo-German Treaty was signed.

The Anglo-German Treaty was signed.

In 1900, the Anglo-German Treaty was signed by Great Britain and Germany. The treaty marked the agreement between the two to maintain the territorial integrity of China as well as support the open-door policy.

Mao Zedong

The Long March began.

In 1934, Mao Zedong and his 25,000 troops began their Long March from the south of China to the north and west. The march took 6,000 miles to complete!

Augusto Pinochet

Augusto Pinochet was caught.

In 1998, Augusto Pinochet, the former Chilean dictator, was arrested in London. He was caught on a Spanish warrant for his arrest and a request for his extradition on murder charges.


A typhoon hit Japan.

In 2013, Typhoon Wipha hit Japan. 18 people were killed in the natural disaster. It was actually the second Typhoon Wipha on record, as there had been a previous disaster bearing that name to hit the region in 2006.

Special Days Falling on October 16th

October 16th is the perfect date to consider others, ourselves, and our favorite feline friends. Here are some of the biggest celebrations taking place around the world today.
facts about the human body

World Spine Day

Back pain is something that affects most of us and, when left untreated, can only get worse. Whether you deal with mild back pain on a daily basis, or serious pain every now and then, it’s time to call your doctor. Multiple things could be causing your back pain, but the only way to deal with it is by dealing with it!

Roast Turkey for Thanksgiving

World Food Day

We all need food, and when properly prepared, it can truly be one of the best parts of life! And, of course, food is considered to be a human right. Yet, there are still multiple countries around the world struggling with hunger and mass famine on a daily basis. On the other hand, we have countries like our own that are known for throwing away tons and tons of food every year! So, how do we deal with this inequality? Stop wasting food if you can help it!

Fun Kitten Facts

Global Cat Day

Although many of us do not quite revere our cats as the Egyptians used to, they still mean a lot to us! Our feline friends can be difficult, clumsy, and downright violent, but they are also full of love, tenderness, and loyalty. So, treat your cat today, or see how you can help your local strays get adopted!

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