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On This Day - October 16, A Shot of History

Get On This Day delivered free to your inbox: 1978 – Karol Wojtyla is elected Pope John Paul II after the October 1978 Papal conclave, the first non-Italian pontiff since 1523. 1869 – The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is "discovered". 1846 – William T. G. Morton first demonstrated ether anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome. 1793 – Marie Antoinette, widow of Louis XVI, is guillotined. Produced by Anne-Sophie Goninet

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