This Day In History : October 16

1923 United States

The Walt Disney Company is founded

The Walt Disney Company was founded on October 16, 1923, by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney. Initially, it was established as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio and later changed its name to The Walt Disney Studio. The company started with humble beginnings in a small office in Los Angeles, California, and went on to become one of the most iconic and influential entertainment conglomerates in the world, encompassing film production, theme parks, television networks, and more.

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Discover what happened on October 16 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, October 16
  • 1886 David Ben-Gurion

    Israeli politician, 1st Prime Minister of Israel

  • 1714 Giovanni Arduino

    Italian geologist known as the father of Italian geology

  • 1708 Albrecht von Haller

    Swiss experimental physiologist, biologist and author (Acadamy of Science),

  • 1948 Hema Malini

    Indian Actress

  • 1758 Noah Webster

    American lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary)

Deaths on This Day, October 16
  • 1998 Jon Postel

    American computer scientist, Internet pioneer

  • 1793 John Hunter

    Scottish surgeon and founder of pathological anatomy in England

  • 1981 Moshe Dayan

    Israeli military leader and politician (Minister of Defense 1967-74)

  • 1982 Hans Selye

    Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist

  • 2018 Berthold Leibinger

    German entrepreneur (Trumpf) and philanthropist


Queen's University is founded in the Province of Canada

Queen's University was founded in 1841 in Kingston, Province of Canada (now Ontario, Canada). It was established by a Royal Charter from Queen Victoria and originally named Queen's College. The university was founded with the aim of providing higher education in the arts and sciences, and it quickly grew in reputation and size.

Food and Agriculture Organization established

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was established on October 16, 1945. It is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. FAO's headquarters are located in Rome, Italy, and its mandate includes conducting research, providing technical assistance, and setting international standards and policies related to agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and sustainable development.

First Chinese Nuclear Test

In October 1964, China conducted its first nuclear test, marking a significant milestone in its nuclear weapons development program. This event took place at the Lop Nur test site in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China. The test, code-named "596," made China the fifth country in the world to successfully develop and test a nuclear weapon, following the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and France.

The Skye Bridge in Scotland is opened for the first time

The Skye Bridge opened on 16 October 1995, connecting the Isle of Skye to the Scottish mainland. Prior to the bridge being built, crossings to Skye had been made by ferry, for at least 400 years. Proposals for a bridge had been made during the 19th century, as road and rail transport was developing, but the island's small population meant that the suggestion was never seriously considered.
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