October 2016 calendar

October 2016

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in October 2016.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Theresa May (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on October 2016: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 2016?


  • 01 Oct 2016 Yemeni Civil War: Houthi Forces launch rockets that reportedly hit HSV-2 Swift, which is a military vessel belonging the United Arab Emirates Navy. It was reportedly destroyed off the coast Yemen near the strategically important port of Mokha in the Red Sea. (Reuters),
  • 02 Oct 2016 Libyan Civil War (2014-present). An ISIL sniper shoots Jeroen Oerlemans, a Dutch war correspondent and photographer, in Sirte, Libya.
  • 03 Oct 2016 Afghanistan War (2001-present). The Taliban launch an offensive into Kunduz, which they briefly captured last summer. (Nine Entertainment Company Now). A bomb in Kabul kills one and injures two.
  • 04 Oct 2016 Sectarianism and violence in Pakistan: Two motorcyclists open fire on a bus heading to Hazara Town in Quetta, Pakistan. The attack killed four Shia Hazara women and injured two others. (The Daily Mail, (Dawn)
  • 05 Oct 2016 Jose Cuervo, a Mexican tequila producer, will postpone its IPO until after US presidential elections because of concerns about market volatility.
  • 06 Oct 2016 Somali Civil War (2009-present). Six people were killed in an al-Shabaab attack against a village close to Mandera, Kenya. (Reuters),
  • 07 Oct 2016 Insurgency in Balochistan - Two bombs explode near Machh, Pakistan killing at least six and injuring nineteen more.
  • 08 Oct 2016 Saudi Arabian-led intervention into Yemen: Saudi-led coalition aircraft launch airstrikes against civilians at the funeral for the father of Houthi government's interior minister in Sana'a. At least 140 people were killed and over 500 others were injured. Abdul-Qader Hilal, the mayor of Sana'a is among the dead. (The Independent), (BBC),
  • 09 Oct 2016 Conflict between Kurdish and Turkish Kurds (2015-present). A PKK car bomb killed at least 17 people in Turkey's southeast Hakkari Province.
  • 10 Oct 2016 Afghanistan War (2001-present). A suicide bomber kills at most 14 people, mostly police officers in Lashkargah in Helmand Province as Taliban insurgents advance on the Afghan city. (Reuters) A gunman shoots down 14 people at a Shiite shrine in Kabul, on a holy day.
  • 11 Oct 2016 According to reports, a gunman dressed in an Afghan police uniform kills 14 people and injures many more at the Shiite Karte Skhi shrine in Kabul, just before Ashura begins. The attacker is killed by police. (UPI),
  • 12 Oct 2016 Iraqi Civil War: Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi Prime Minister rejects Turkey’s claim that Turkish forces should be part of an operation to retake Mosul from militant-held forces.
  • 13 Oct 2016 Yemeni Crisis (2011-present). The U.S. military launches Tomahawk Cruise Missiles from the USS Nitze in direct response to Houthi-controlled radar stations in Yemen. This follows two incidents in which missiles were fired at United States Navy vessels in Red Sea. (Reuters),
  • 14 Oct 2016 Sinai insurgency: An ISIL attack on North Sinai Governorate security checkpoint, Egypt leaves at least 12 Egyptian military personnel dead and 15 terrorists injured. (Reuters),
  • 15 Oct 2016 At least 55 people were killed in the Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017), 2016 Oct Baghdad Attacks: An attack on a Shi'ite mosque, a check-point at the police station and the family of an anti Islamic State Sunni paramilitary leader have resulted in the deaths of at least 55 Iraqis. (Reuters)ISIL claims responsibility for the takeback of Iraqi forces' launching of Mosul, its stronghold.
  • 16 Oct 2016 Turkey-ISIL conflict : Three police officers are killed and at least nine others are injured in a suicide bomber attack on a safehouse belonging to ISIL.
  • 17 Oct 2016 Iraqi Civil War: The Battle of Mosul is announced by Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi Prime Minister, and backed by the U.S.-led Coalition. This battle will retake ISIL-held Mosul which was declared the capital of the caliphate in Iraq. (Reuters),
  • 18 Oct 2016 Somalia War: Somali police claim at least seven people are dead following clashes in which Somalia and African Union troops drove al-Shabab extremists out of Afgooye (a town near Mogadishu).
  • 19 Oct 2016 Eight people are injured in Portland by a natural gas explosion.
  • 20 Oct 2016 Turkish military intervention in the Syrian Civil War: Turkish jets hit Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia with 26 airstrikes in three recently-captured-from-ISIL villages west of al-Bab and northeast of Aleppo. According to the Turkish General Staff, 160-200 people have been killed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that 11 people were killed and many more were injured. (Reuters),
  • 21 Oct 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017: ISIL militants attack government buildings, police stations and a power plant in Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurdistan. Hundreds of people are killed.
  • 22 Oct 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017), Battle of Mosul (2016)-2017: At least 284 people are executed in Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (CNN),
  • 23 Oct 2016 Yemeni Civil War (2015-present). Saudi Arabian-led air strikes on Yemeni capital Sana'a continue after a cease-fire.
  • 24 Oct 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017: ISIL recaptures Ar-Rutbah in western Iraq, where it had previously withdrawn from in May.
  • 25 Oct 2016 Attack on Quetta's police training college in 2016: Gunmen attacked a Pakistani training academy for police officers in Quetta, resulting in at least 59 deaths and 117 injuries. The attack was claimed by ISIL-Khorasan Province. (Reuters), (AP via Yahoo! ), (Reuters), (AP via Yahoo!
  • 26 Oct 2016 Somali Civil War (2009-present). A militant group affiliated to ISIL seizes Qandala, a coastal town in the autonomous Puntland area.
  • 27 Oct 2016 Japan's Prince Mikasa, who is the oldest member the Imperial Family, has died at the age 100.
  • 28 Oct 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017: Battle of Mosul (2016): UN reports that 232 civilians were killed in and around Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq (and the Levant).
  • 29 Oct 2016 Sectarianism in Pakistan: Five people were killed and many more injured when armed terrorists opened fire on Majlis members at a Karachi home in the Nazimabad area of Karachi.
  • 30 Oct 2016 Sinai insurgency: Six insurgents and 4 soldiers were killed in a military operation in North Sinai Governorate.
  • 31 Oct 2016 Eight members of the Students Islamic Movement of India were escaped from Bhopal prison and are being killed by police.
  • 02 Oct 2016 Ethiopian protests break out during a festival in the Oromia region, killing dozens of people.
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  1. - Closer
  2. - Heathens
  3. - Starboy
  4. - Cold Water
  5. - Cheap Thrills


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 2016?

Order to Kill by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills

Order to Kill


Covert agent Mitch Rapp faces a grave threat in a race to save America. He might be up against it this time.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

The Kept Woman


Wives and husbands. Mothers and daughters. They are bound by secrets. They can also be destroyed by secrets.

The Fever Code by James Dashner

The Fever Code


The fifth book in James Dashner’s #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series answers all your questions. Fans all over the globe are eagerly awaiting the tale of Thomas and WICKED's construction of the Maze.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans


The years-long New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Spielberg's Dreamworks is "irresistible...seductive...with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page" (O, The Oprah Magazine).After

Home by Harlan Coben



THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREight years after two boys were kidnapped, one boy returns home in Harlan Coben’s gripping Myronbolitar thriller.