October 16

This Day in History


Messner First to Summit All 14 "Eight-Thousanders"

On this day in 1986, Reinhold Messner—together with his friend and fellow adventurer Hans Kammerlander—ascended to the summit of the fourth highest mountain in the world, Lhotse, standing 8,516 metres … (more...)


Marie-Antoinette Loses Her Head

Nine months after the execution of her husband, the former King Louis XVI of France, Marie-Antoinette follows him to the guillotine. The daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, she married … (more...)


Woman Is Crowned King of Poland

On this day in 1384, ten-year-old Jadwiga of Poland, daughter of Louis I of Hungary and Elizabeth of Bosnia, was crowned king of Poland. Born in Buda, Hungary, Jadwiga (Hedwig in English) was a … (more...)