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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Department of Defense

1959: George Marshall, who served as U.S. secretary of state and defense secretary under President Harry S. Truman and Army chief of staff during World War II, dies at the age of 78 in Washington, D.C. Marshall's name was given to the Marshall Plan, the American program to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.

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