October 16, 1803 - Robert Stephenson, English civil engineer; built railway lines and bridges

October 16, 1960 - Gary Kemp, Member of the Pop group 'Spandau Ballet'

October 16, 1888 - Eugene O'Neill, American playwright and Nobel prize winner for literature

October 16, 1854 - Oscar Wilde, Irish born novelist and playwright

October 16, 1940 - Simon Ward, Stage and screen actor

October 16, 1922 - Max Bygraves, Popular singer and entertainer

October 16, 1947 - Terry Griffiths, Welsh world champion snooker player

October 16, 1947 - Bob Weir, Of the Pop group 'Grateful Dead'

October 16, 1555 - An English protestant, Nicholas Ridley, was burned at the stake for heresy

October 16, 1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to St Helena, an island in the Atlantic

October 16, 1793 - The Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, was found guilty of treason & executed by guillotine in Paris

October 16, 1834 - A fire destroyed the Palace of Westminster

October 16, 1964 - Harold Wilson became Prime Minister (Labour)

October 16, 1978 - John Paul II became the first non-Italian Pope

October 16, 1987 - Hurricane force winds battered Britain, causing severe damage & destroying thousands of trees