OCTOBER 16 — OSCAR WILDE
Irish wit, playwright, gay rights advocate and victim.
“It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give really unbiased opinions, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.”
OCTOBER 16 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
DICTIONARY DAY. WORLD FOOD DAY.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 16 IN HISTORY
1793 — French monarch Marie Antoinette loses her head.
1815 — Napoleon Bonaparte exiled to St. Helena for life.
1854 — Gay Irish wit, playwright, essayist Oscar Wilde born, Dublin, Ireland.
1854 — Major French anarchist theorist Jean Grave born, Auvergne, France.
1859 — Abolitionist John Brown attacks Harper’s Ferry ammunitions depot.
1888 — American playwright Eugene O’Neill born, New York City.
1916 — Margaret Sanger opens first birth control clinic, New York City.
1927 — German Nobelist writer Günter Grass born, Danzig, Poland.
1934 — Long March begins for Chinese Communists.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective