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Today in History: Planned Parenthood opens its doors

On October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger opened up the first birth control clinic in New York City, one that would eventually became Planned Parenthood. Sanger was arrested days later because at the time, providing information about birth control was illegal.

Despite all the noise being made about Planned Parenthood right now (some Republicans are trying to remove a statue of Sanger from the Smithsonian!), the organization has existed in some form for 99 years now.

Elsewhere in October 16ths of yesteryear: abolitionist John Brown led his failed rebellion on Harper’s Ferry, predating the start of Civil War by two years, and French revolutionaries executed Marie Antoinette in 1793.

You can learn more about today and watch more This Day In History videos on Timeline.

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