On this day: October 16

POSTED: 10:02 AM MDT Oct 15, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT Oct 16, 2015 

Marie Antoinette loses her head, the Cuban Missile Crisis begins, Baby Jessica is pulled from the well, and the Million Man March takes over Washington, D.C., all on this day.

OTD October 16 - Margaret Sanger
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Library of Congress

1916: The first birth control clinic in the United States is opened in Brooklyn, New York, by Margaret Sanger, her sister, Ethel Byrne, both nurses, and an associate, Fania Mindell. The clinic was closed by the police, and Sanger (pictured) eventually received a 30-day jail sentence for distributing information on contraception. The following year Sanger would help organize the National Birth Control League, which would later become the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She would open a permanent birth control clinic in New York City in 1923.


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