On this day: October 16

Published On: Oct 15 2012 12:02:35 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

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.

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1859: Abolitionist John Brown leads a raid on Harpers Ferry, W.Va., in an attempt to start an armed slave revolt by seizing a United States arsenal there. Brown's raiders were initially successful in capturing the armory, but the raid was defeated two days later by a detachment of U.S. Marines led by Col. Robert E. Lee. Brown would be hung for treason on Dec. 2, 1859.


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